Tripod lashing - Pioneering ropes for the Scouts

Line up the ends or butts or three spars or staves and hold the top ends so that they form a tight triangle. Form a long loop with one end of the lashing length and pass it between two of the spars and over the third.

Using the longer part of the rope, make a number of turns around all three spars until the length of the lashing is the same as the diameter of one of the spars.

Pick up the loop and place it over the same spar. Pull the short end of the rope until the loop is locked tight against the rest of the lashing.

Take both ends of the rope up into the centre of the three spars and finish off with a reef knot.

The tripod is formed by pulling the butt ends out with a slight sideways movement. The tightness of the lashing will control the spread of the legs.