Collecting wood for a fire around camp and forgot a strap? Just make a simple log carrier in minutes.
Carrying armfuls of wood back to camp is something we are all familiar with. Not to mention, having both your arms tied up can be dangerous if you trip while walking back to camp. If you don’t happen to have a strap, just make a simple log carrier from two sticks and some cordage.
The whole point of using a strap to help carry wood is safety and convenience: carrying a lot of wood can block the few of your footing and set you up for a serious injury. Of course, you also risk injuries you related to falling on top of possible sharp points of branches.
This log carrier can be made in minutes and only requires a knife, some cordage, and two logs.
1. Cut one log at least an inch in diameter about a foot long. Find another log smaller than the first, but cut it a few inches longer.
2. Next, measure out two pieces of cordage three to four feet long. Tie them evenly between your two logs.
3. Take this with you when gathering your wood. Stack the wood you find between your logs, but on top of your cordage.
4. Now, holding your wood in place while you carry it is simple. Bring your smaller log over top of the wood pile and slide it between the two pieces of cordage. Grab your larger log as a handle and cinch the smaller one down to your wood pile before heading back to camp.
Not only is this a great way to carry wood around; it also helps keep your wood pile neat until needed. If it gets in your way, just grab the handle and move it without having to play pick up sticks.
When your camping trip is winding down, just throw the whole thing into the fire, leaving yourself one less piece of gear to worry about. Just another small camp hack to make your trip easier and tidier.
All photos via Alex Burton.