Ingenious Clothes Drying Rack for Camping

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You’ve got to love this design. It’s compact, it’s sturdy, and it’s ingenious! Go to the source.

This drying rack is based on suspending two concentric, equilateral triangles to make six cross sections for hanging wet clothing or towels during a long term encampment, and there’s no reason you can’t put it up on an overnighter if there’s a practical need. All that’s been said before regarding the advantages of this kind of campsite improvement apply to this simple camp gadget:
  • It takes up less space while drying more wet things.
  • It eliminates the clutter of clothing and towels haphazardly strewn around on tables, tree branches, tent platforms, or overcrowded on a disorganized array of drooping clothes lines.
  • It can be set up in a location where there is the most sunshine.
  • It’s especially useful when camping in an open area with few trees.
Materials (adapt these as you like)
  • 3    4′ x 1″ sticks
  • 3    5′ x 1″ sticks (Scout staves are ideal)
  • 1    6′ x 1-1/2″ to 2″ straight pole for the upright
  • 1    30″ pioneering stake
  • 8    camp gadget lashing ropes (6′ to 10′)
  • 3    15′  support ropes
  • 3    small stakes
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Step 1: Lash Together the Triangles

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Start by lashing together two equilateral triangles, one smaller for the top (three 4′ sticks), and the larger one for the bottom (three 5′ staves). Use square lashings. One easy way is to lash two at 90° and then bend them in and tie the third square lashing to make the triangle. This yields a nice, tightly-lashed triangle.

Step 2: Erect the Upright.

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Pound in a pioneering stake and lash the 6′ pole to it securely with two tight strop lashings or round lashings. Making this upright stand up vertically without moving or wobbling at all is a key to a good and sturdy clothing dryer. So, solidly pound in the stake and make sure it’s as straight as possible. Also, make sure the lashings are well-tied and tight.
mehrarch10 months ago
how about hanging the clothes from natural tree branches??
Larry Green (author)  mehrarch10 months ago
That's fine if it's what you want to do.
Tezcumpapa10 months ago
I've been camping for over 50 years and the best campsite ideas still come from the Scouts! Now if you can figure out how to make a camp cot comfortable, I'd be grateful.
MissMonkeyXXX10 months ago
Great idea
HelmutHound10 months ago

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