How to Store All That Cribbing

We have a ton of cribbing.

When we had 44 students go through Basic Training in 2017, we had to upscale much of our hands-on activities to accommodate the largest class we’ve ever seen. Part of that was acquiring and cutting more 4×4 treated lumber to ensure every student would have a chance to practice cribbing procedures.

More cribbing is a great thing but it takes up quite a bit of space; Seven large boxes-worth of space, to be exact. Plus, we all know those boxes aren’t fun to carry when they’re loaded down with lumber. On top of that, we cannot fill up the boxes completely so there is a lot of dead space wasted. So do we really have “a ton of cribbing” or are we storing it inefficiently?

Enter the “Crib Pack”, an innovative way of optimizing cribbing storage and transportation. Mike Pruden proposed the idea earlier this year and – during our most recent trailer exercise – William Ingram built a prototype that wowed everyone.

Last week, several members got together in a garage to turn proof-of-concept into reality. In less than two hours, all of our cribbing was converted into the new Crib Packs.

The result is a >60% reduction in storage footprint and seven empty boxes that can be re-purposed. Additionally, the Crib Packs make it much easier to carry the cribbing. The rounded handles at the top allow one person to carry two Packs easily – the equivalent of two boxes. The Packs are held together by two cam-buckle straps, making deployment and cleanup a cinch (literally). The cherry on top: These Packs have a cutout at the bottom that allow them to stack on top of each other for a reduced footprint.

Look for these next time you’re around the trailer, and expect us to deploy these at community events for display and conversation-starters.


Credit to for the idea. Thanks to Mike Pruden for submitting the idea. Thank you to William Ingram for building the prototype. Thank you to William Ingram, Neal van der Upwich, Kenneth Spock, and Ty Westfall for assisting with the build. And thank you to Greg Evans for stopping by and taking some pictures.