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May 8, 2014

Haymaker's bridge

The Haymaker's bridge is a classic patrol challenge, and with the weather warming up in the Northern  Hemisphere, now is a good time to try out this activity where at least one person is guaranteed to get wet.
In principle this is simple- the bridge is supported by the mast, and each person crossing the bridge balances along a pole to the mast, then supports themselves by holding the mast and 'flicks' the pole across to the other side of the stream.

Once everything is in place, this is fairly simple, but the first person crossing the bridge has a bit of a job. This is a good project to present to a patrol as a challenge during a troop meeting or on an incident hike.
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