tumpline

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Do You us a Tumpline

Poll closed Apr 27, 2018.
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  3. What is it ??

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  1. mainewoods

    mainewoods Maine Supporter Supporter Bushclass I

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    When I was little my Grandpa would go out fishing, and remember him carry gear on his head, I came to find out it was a tumpline! Any one uses them? Also where can I find one ??
     
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  3. blind & lost

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    I would only guess you are in the right state to find one, googling now. Check out Duluth pack.
     
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    I've built a bunch of them. The only consistent use where I think "there is nothing better for this than a tumpline" is brush or stick gathering for fires; anything over five pounds or so gets really uncomfortable on my neck after thirty minutes or so. If I had a lightweight canoeI've got two woven from store-bought hemp in my house right now. Here's one I made from agave, I gave it to my dad:
    https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/tumpline-build.153338/
     
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    mainewoods Maine Supporter Supporter Bushclass I

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    mainewoods Maine Supporter Supporter Bushclass I

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    Yup :dblthumb:
     
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    mainewoods Maine Supporter Supporter Bushclass I

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    No pics ??
     
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    When I backpacked some way back in the 1900s I used a WWII military cargo pack frame, the one made of riveted aluminum channel. It had a tumpline, which I used. At the time I weighed about 155 lbs, and was packing 75 lbs or so. The tumpline helped adjust the load from my shoulders some and didnt seem to cause any grief. I was also nice to have the extra handle when handling the pack, and to sling it up on my knee/hip to put it on after resting. Taking the pack off, id sometimes take the weight on the tumpline, loosen the shoulder straps and get my arms out, then take the pack down to the ground with the tumpline.
     
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    Many large canoe packs from years past are the primary uses.
    My FR Timber cruiser has one - have used it but not a lot - but does shift some load to other muscle groups.
    Kevin Callan videos show them , as does if memory serves, Waterwalker and other films from Bill Mason.
    Niagara
     
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    It's about four hours of twining and braiding, they're nothing fancy, just tedious. The split tails I like better than the single tails, these are three or four feet single and then they split into two for another two or three feet. I think I paid 20 bucks or so for the hemp.
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    ETA - NOOOOO PHOTOBUCKET ATE MY TUMPLINE
     
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    Only with canoe packs ...
     
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