Grissom, Michael (MGrissom@STLCC.CC.MO.US)
Thu, 13 Apr 1995 08:20:00 PDT
If memory serves. . . .
A kick bridge is a good way to construct a bridge when spars are scarce. It
consists of an upright spar that acts as the pivot, a horizontal spar long
enough to span the stream (or other obstacle) and a shorter diagonal between
the upright and the horizontal that adds to the stability. The upright and
the horizontal are connected with a square lashing, and the diagonal is
connected at both ends with a diagonal lashing (go figure). The base of the
pivot should be in a hole, so it won't slip, and if the top of the pivot is
close enough to something solid, it can be attached, provided it can turn.
If not, it can be held in place by guide lines and stakes or guide lines
and scouts. The far end of the horizontal spar needs a light line on it so
it can be pulled back after each crossing. To use it, a scout stands on
the horizontal, uses his (or her) weight to kick it across the obstacle and
"tight ropes" across. A support line can be tied across the obstacle after
the first scout makes it across. In my experience, the higher the hand line
is tied, the better. Have fun.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City