Today’s game was to sew straps onto both ends of the Steel Snake and take it out for a slither.
Over 4 miles (6.4km), the Snake and I agreed on a few things:
- With straps added on, it slips and flops around less. That way it’s much easier to carry.
- Since it’s pretty slender, you can stay completely upright.
- For both those reasons, you can relax under the load and carry it much, much longer.
However, the Steel Snake gives you too many choices. When I dreamed it up, I thought it would be great that I could carry the snake lots of different ways, including wrapped in various ways around the waist, neck, and shoulders. And although you really can carry in different positions, it’s a pain to shift around and you spend as much time fiddling with it as marching. Furthermore, though lots of carry positions work, only one works spectacularly well, and that’s worn across the body like a sash or a bed roll.
So as my next experiment, I’ll change the Steel Snake into a dummy-proof fixed loop or “steel sash.”