Build A Travois

I was getting ready to write a page on this device, one of the most important survival devices I can think of – when I found this web page where someone had already done it! I keep seeing people try to portage large supplies from one spot to another – yet Native peoples in the US and Canada had this figured out hundreds of years ago!

The Travois…

I can tell you that heading north for escape and survival, I would drive as far as I could, strip the car of all essential supplies when I ran out of gas at my farthest travel point, build a travois, strap everything on, and start walking. Just an idea if you’re inclined to go so far… wheels from a bicycle would go a long way into making a very heavy load far easier to maneuver. Or even from a lawnmower. Funny thing about lawnmowers, people just leave them on the side of the road. When bugging out, grab it, and GO! When you reach a more deserted area, take off the wheels, remove the blade, tip it over and pour the gas into something, and add to your fuel tank,

Here’s an article someone else wrote that saves me a whole lot. But as you can see, the entire construction is two long poles and a cross bar tied on – a triangle. Hook it around your chest with a rope (or seat belts from that car you just abandoned) and start walking.

Briar Patch Outdoors

How to Build a Field Travois

by George Hedgepeth

(visit link for more survival tips)

Heavy loads, such as firewood or a downed deer, can be more easily transported using a travois. To quickly make one of these labor saving devices, take two straight poles about 14 feet long and 2-3 inches in diameter, and bind them together at the butts (the heavy end).

Spread the poles so they are 4 feet or so apart about 5 feet from the bindings at the butts. Tie a cross member that spans between the two poles here. It may extend out a foot or so from each side if one wishes. This will call for a pole about 6 feet long.

Down 3-4 more feet, attach another crosspiece. This one will need to be about 9 feet long. These two crosspieces will be where the load is attached.

To use, simply tie the load to the frame in a balanced fashion, attaching it to both of the crosspieces. Then step into the space between the apex of the two long poles and the shorter crosspiece, lift the point to chest height, and start dragging.

The completed travois will look like a giant letter “A” with two cross pieces. It takes only three poles of around 14 feet to make this load bearer, and maybe 8 feet of cord. It will travel smoothly in fairly open country over spring grass, fall leaves, or winter snows. It will make a 100-pound or greater load much easier to transport.

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