J-Trap Bridge (?) over the Loddons

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J-Trap Bridge (?) over the Loddons

Postby guyburns » Tue 05 Nov, 2019 11:44 pm

I'm transcribing a talk I had with Chris Binks about his early days bushwalking in Tasmania, late 1940s, and he says in one part:

"The Loddon’s were bridged in those days by what they called a J-trap bridge, which was three wires strung together with an occasional wire between them, and you just balanced or hung on to the two side wires, and it swayed around."

Type in "J-trap Bridge" into Google and there are no results.

Anyone know what sort of bridge he is talking about and whether it has a name?
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Re: J-Trap Bridge (?) over the Loddons

Postby north-north-west » Wed 06 Nov, 2019 7:02 am

This article is about New Zealand, but the second photo shows the style of bridge he's talking about. I googled "three wire bridge" to find it.

http://nzbushadventures.blogspot.com/search/label/Three%20Wire%20Bridge
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Re: J-Trap Bridge (?) over the Loddons

Postby TML MHz » Thu 07 Nov, 2019 10:40 am

In Scouts we call these a monkey bridge.

Here's one I prepared earlier.
https://imgur.com/a/BHW1U2L
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Re: J-Trap Bridge (?) over the Loddons

Postby guyburns » Sun 17 Nov, 2019 9:30 pm

Thanks for the feedback.

I was talking to Chris a few days ago and he suggested I search for "Jay Trap". I did, and after a bit of searching, up came this article:

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/arti ... rchLimits=

The photo in that article is probably the very bridge that Chris was talking about.
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Re: J-Trap Bridge (?) over the Loddons

Postby vernicosa » Mon 18 Nov, 2019 8:57 am

Back in the 1970s I recall a wire bridge across the Franklin River at the start of the Jane River Track. It was in use before the two-log vehicle bridge was built about 1975. It was a 3 wire bridge of the type described above.
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Re: J-Trap Bridge (?) over the Loddons

Postby CBee » Mon 18 Nov, 2019 10:46 am

Many of these bridged can still be found on WW1 via ferratas in the Dolomites.
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