Living in a Tipi

The author learned during six months on a Montana mountaintop that nothing beats living in a tipi.



057 living in a tipi 5 smoke flaps.jpg
The author and his assistant adapted well to living in a tipi. Here the assistant sets the smoke flaps with a long pole.
PHOTO: CHET RIDEOUT
057 living in a tipi 1 typing poles together.jpg
A tipi can be erected in half an hour. First, tie three of the poles together—with two of the legs laying side-by-side—using a 45-foot length of good, strong 1/2" rope. 
CHET RIDEOUT
057 living in a tipi 3 applying wrap.jpg
All but one of the remaining poles are set and tied in place before the tipi cover is wrapped around the last "beam" or "lifting pole" and hoisted into position. The cover can then be unfurled and wrapped around the poles.  
CHET RIDEOUT
057 living in a tipi 2 raising tripod frame.jpg
While one person holds the line, the other walks under and lifts the three poles. One of the paired legs is then pivoted to "lock" the framing tripod. 
CHET RIDEOUT
057 living in a tipi 4 fastening the front.jpg
Once in place, the outer cover is fastened in place with lacing pins.  
CHET RIDEOUT

















Subscribe Today!

Pay Now & Save 67% Off the Cover Price


(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here