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Backpacker Magazine – October 1998
When pack weight drags you down, homemade Sherpa straps can help ease the burden.
I have a friend, Layne, who carries a massive pack loaded with enough gear to make a mule groan. Quite a man, yessiree. By the third day, though, the tonnage starts to take its toll and his aching body parts beg for relief. So at every opportunity Layne flops down in a full wake-me-up-when-it's-over recline.
For those times he can't stop to grab a nap-on steep climbs, narrow trails, and forced marches when he's trying to reach camp before dark-Layne relies on a set of ingenious devices for on-the-go relief. He calls them "Sherpa straps."
Made from polypropylene webbing, these loops hang from the D-rings on his shoulder straps and serve several purposes:
Not bad, eh? Here's how you can make your own Sherpa straps with a few inexpensive supplies from the local outdoors store.
Step 1. Fasten hook-and-retainer clips to the D-rings or daisy chains on your shoulder straps.
Step 2. Cut 4 feet of flat polypropylene webbing into two equal lengths. Thread each 2-foot piece through the retainers at the bottom of the clips.
Step 3. Overlap the ends of each webbing piece about 1 inch and sew two bar tacks to secure the connection.