18TH CENTURY LIVING HISTORY, HISTORICAL TREKKING, AND LONG TERM SURVIVAL.
Found your site a few weeks ago. Very good information. Lots more to learn!But I wanted to make a comment on the use of tumplines. Generally, the band that goes on your head is placed not on the forehead, but on the top of the head, just back of the forehead. Improper use of the tumpline, with a load of some weight, turns it into an instrument of self torture. Proper use, including careful attention to the point on the 'tails' at which the load is tied off, makes carrying of heavy or awkward loads relatively easy.
Yes EM you are quite right. Heavier loads carried further down the back require the strap to be worn a little higher. Lighter loads though worn high tend to slip off in this position unless you keep you head down. Either way I find it difficult when wearing a broad brimmed felt hat.Thanks for the information, much appreciated. Thanks also for taking the time to comment.Regards, Keith.
Keith,Ah yes, I certainly agree. My tumplines wouldn't work very well with my brimmed felt hat! And, of course, when traveling overland, I'd rather not be carrying enough weight to require a tumpline!Ed
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