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Lashings are used to join together poles or spars to enable the construction of objects and structures. In Scouting this activity is called pioneering. Common pioneering projects include gateways, bridges and platforms, or smaller camp items such as washstands, chairs, benches and tables.

Know your knots before attempting to learn lashings, particularly the clove hitch and the timber hitch, which are essential elements of a lashing. The clove hitch is used to secure a rope to a spar, as when beginning a lashing. It is far more secure than a single half hitch. The timber hitch is used to secure the end of a rope to a spar.

See Lashing for further info.


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