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For your basic Tripod, acquire:
- 3 scaff-poles, about 25 feet long.
- 2 swivelling scaff-clips.
- Rope (cheap blue poly-prop available from the local hardware shop is fine).
- Spanner to tighten scaff clip nuts.
A Spanner is needed for the nuts on the clips. You
also need a fairly large (high if indoors) space for
fixing them, experimenting and practising. It's
tricky to get the clips fitted on so that the poles
can be held parallel (for carrying etc.) and at the
same time be in the right position to erect as a
The main assembly is formed by securing two poles in
an 'A'. Shape and using a third to prop the two up.
The securing clip for the third pole has to be about
a foot below the 'A ' shape clip, this allows the
main poles to close over it in the folded position.
This clip should be mounted at roughly 120 degrees in
relation to the main clip in order to swivel open
correctly. With a little experimentation you will
find where to place the clips so that the poles lie
parallel for transport yet are easily opened into a
With Iron poles you will probably need at least 5
people to erect it:
At least one strong person to lift each of the two
main legs by walking down beneath it from apex to
base; one person to do the same with the third leg
and at a crucial moment, to swing this leg out and to
prop up the 'A'; and one person with their foot
braced against the base of each main pole to stop it
skidding forward. With aluminium poles the job is
easier, demanding only 3 people.
ONCE IT'S ERECTED at least one person must shin up
the pole at the speed of light in order to be out of
reach at the top. A simple circumference rope tying
the poles together about three feet from the top can
be fixed prior to erection if desired and used to
take the weight of up to three people.
A simple hammock sling is more comfortable and
stylish. It's made out of a length of strong light
material, such as rip stop nylon, knotted at either
end, with the 2 ends of a short rope tied securely
just inside these knots. The rope can be slung over
your shoulders as you shin up the poles, and when you
reach the top simply slipped over the poles making
your stay much more comfortable.
For extra stability & a convivial number at the top
three short horizontal poles with clips can be used
as braces. Leave each short pole dangling from one of
it's clips until the tripod is up, then do up the
second clip. Before climbing remember to take the
spanner, you may not have a second chance to get up
with it. A climbing harness and slings make this job
easier. This augmented Tripod will be heavier and may
require a greater number of people to lift it.
A Tripod lacking these bars can be stabilised using a
circumference rope linking the legs a couple of feet
above the ground, this will secure against collapse
due to accidental slippage but not against attack.
Car exhaust clips are useful to stop the ropes riding
HOT TIP: Painting L , R & M on the poles near the
bottom so it's visible from the outside can really
speed up the process of raising the tripod.