From my many experiances of camping in the spring, summer, fall, and winter, I have experianced first hand the misery of having clothes that are damp, wet, or soaked makes the trip really suck. I have learned that the human body can survive without food for 4 to 6 weeks and without water up to 6 days, but quite frankly being wet and trying to survive makes everything a lot harder than it really should be.
The survival umbrella is made out of materials that I found out in the woods one day and so I constructed this to tick off the camping gods.
With the survival umbrella you can finally show the camping gods who is on top.
Step 1: Things You'll Need
1- large stick go for taller, thicker sticks
3- medium sized sticks thin and semi-arched if possible. Straight ones will work too
2- rolls of Duct Tape
1- rock to use as a hammer....very tough
1- (optional) saw
Things you will get
1- set of sore shoulders from constantly hitting sticks with a rock
1- group of people looking at you funny while you hit sticks with a rock
1- awesome contraption that will keep you dry
100,000,000,000,000- people that will respect you for used something as awesome as Duct Tape to do this project
Step 2: "Let's Do This!"
Take you rock and hammer it through the 1st stick
Step 3: "Oh Man, Another One?"
Hammer the nail through the next stick
Step 4: "Why Me?!"
hammer it through the last stick
Step 5: "Are You Kidding Me?!"
Nail all three to the base.
Step 6: (Optional) "I'm Gonna Straighten You Out"
With a saw, cut off the tiny branches of the sticks you are using. This step will make taping it a ton easier to do.
Step 7: "Tape It Up!"
Tape the spokes of the frame together. I started from the outside and worked my way to the middle, but I don't think it's manditory to tape it a certain way.
Step 8: "WAZAM!" You Got a Dry Set of Clothes Tonight
You win! You get an amazing umbrella that will never break, tear, or soak through.
The one I made is to show a survival model. I used this model to be able to show that it can be made out in the wilderness for a survival situation if necessary, but you could make a nicer looking recreational one that can fold down if you please.
Finalist in the
The Great Outdoors Duct Tape Contest