A Ranger's Bedroll

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A Ranger's Bedroll

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Hail, fellow rangers. For those that carry a bedroll, how do you - well - carry it? Do you roll it up and attach it to something else? Do you have a carrying system attached to it? Do you run a belt or rope through it? Also, do you normally carry it diagonal across the back, or has anyone carried it horizontal on the back? This is definitely aimed at perfecting the carry of the bedroll, but if you want to throw-in or discuss what your bedroll contents are, that is welcome also. Thanks so much, rangers.
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Several options on that topic!

I think the general populous definitely carries it horizontally across the back, unless it's strapped to the top of a backpack. You can certainly run a strap/tumpline through it; I've done that comfortably many times! I'm more partial to the horseshoe roll, though, which makes it roll up skinnier, so there's less bulk across your back/by your head, and I feel that it spreads the weight out over a greater range.

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That reminds me... Greg, I tried a horseshoe roll a while back, and finally got it to kinda work: the difference being that I was playing with a 19th-c haversack and canteen instead of medievallish stuff - so hence no quiver. What order do you put things on: horseshoe then quiver, or vice versa? If quiver's underneath: how long is your blanket, and how much other stuff are you rolling up in it these days?

To the original question, I'm still using a tumpline solution. Here's some experiments I did a few years ago:

A Tale of Three Burden Straps...

... I've since given the simplest one a modern leather treatment (it was getting REALLY dry and I was afraid of rot, so I cheated) but otherwise continue to use as is.
related: I've been meaning to sew a spine on the center of my blanket cover to bind all the straps and keep them from getting lost/making a mess. Maybe this winter things will slow down enough I can do that.

On option two I cut off the "tails" as I just hated how they worked. I've since cut the strap in two pieces for a snapsack strap (though I haven't added a buckle yet, so that project's in limbo).

The third I don't have the heart to cut up, but it's just too chunky/heavy to really use.



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Skip to time mark 6 mins 40 secs to see some other ways to carry one:

https://youtu.be/UciN9nbCfW0

These don't address a back quiver though.
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Elleth wrote: Wed Oct 06, 2021 12:12 am That reminds me... Greg, I tried a horseshoe roll a while back, and finally got it to kinda work: the difference being that I was playing with a 19th-c haversack and canteen instead of medievallish stuff - so hence no quiver. What order do you put things on: horseshoe then quiver, or vice versa? If quiver's underneath: how long is your blanket, and how much other stuff are you rolling up in it these days?
I wear the horseshoe OVER the quiver. Lately, all I ever roll up in the horseshoe is cold weather stuff that won't be needed until sleeping, like extra socks, knit gloves, maybe a scarf or a wool over-tunic. Usually not all of that...but those are the best examples I could think of. Everything else fits so well in the snapsack there's no need for hard kit to go into the roll.
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Greg, thanks for linking to that edition of Edge of the Wild. There is a lot of good stuff there. Elleth, your article gave me some better insight into the strap/tump line method and I appreciate it. Harper - The video you shared was very useful too. That presenter made some good points for how to roll up your gear. Just out of curiosity, what do you use to secure/close up your horseshoe roll, Greg?
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I'm personally leaning to using a strap/tump line, as my clothing layers are pretty warm as is, and the extra amount of surface from the horseshoe roll might get pretty steamy.
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Yeah, personally I use a setup very similar to what Elleth has pictured above. I roll up my blanket and ground cloth, making sure to fold it up so that the waxed ground cloth totally covers the wool blanket, run a leather shoulder strap through the middle, and secure it all with two separate buckled leather straps. Then, I tie my snapsack onto the front of the bedroll strap, so that it slings slightly in front and to the side, under my arm. This helps balance the whole thing, and adds a ton of extra storage space. I usually sling it parallel to my quiver, with the bedroll going on first and then the quiver over that so it lays on top, but if necessary I will swap sides to help even out the weight distribution, and give my right shoulder a rest.
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Harper wrote: Wed Oct 06, 2021 3:57 am Skip to time mark 6 mins 40 secs to see some other ways to carry one:

https://youtu.be/UciN9nbCfW0

These don't address a back quiver though.
That method he calls the doughnut pack looks interesting, I don't think I've seen it done that way before

here's another possible thing that might be worth a look:
Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNL20sE36CY&t=377s
Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rPfbq1ZRDs
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Iodo wrote: Sat Oct 09, 2021 11:59 amThat method he calls the doughnut pack looks interesting, I don't think I've seen it done that way before
Likewise.

I wouldn't want to make a habit of it - but I LOVE the spirit of improvisation!
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mg2Arnor wrote: Thu Oct 07, 2021 8:06 pm Just out of curiosity, what do you use to secure/close up your horseshoe roll, Greg?
A short leather belt...about 14” long.
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