What do you do with your wool pants once theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re worn out? I usually try to leave mine in a special spot. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s kind of weird, but I get pretty attached to my wool pants. In October, 2004 I was staking claims along the Coppermine River, about 500 kilometers north of Yellowknife. This area was at the edge of the tree line where there was abundant dwarf birch and arctic willow that I had to snowshoe through while setting out the claim lines. This brush was constantly tugging at my pants and soon wore so many holes in them that I finally had to make the decision to retire them and break out a new pair.
These old pants had served me well for a few years so I decided to find a worthy spot to leave them. I made a hike a couple of kilometers NW of camp till I came to a line of black spruce facing north towards a narrows in the lake where we had observed several caribou crossing. I hung the pants in one of the 10 foot tall trees which was probably well over 50 years old, took several pictures and headed back to camp. My wife still gives me a hard time about how much I love my wool pants.