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Other Homemade Gear / Battery holder
« on: March 03, 2016, 06:39:55 am »

I finally figured out how to pack spare batteries (headlamp, GPS, etc).

Dead simple to make: 50 mm webbing, some wide (50mm) elastic and some velcro.  I spaced the two pockets 40 mm apart: AAs fit perfectly, and with AAA batteries there is some more space, and the batteries barely protrude from the pockets.



Winter Camping Clothing / Re: Need New Boots
« on: February 16, 2016, 02:19:31 pm »
The Neos looks interesting, not sure if I can find them on this side of the Atlantic... yes, I can. But not sure how they will work with skis, I suspect that the answer is "not".

As for boots I like the felt boot style shown below, but they are not as good if it gets wet. But they are nice since dampness from sweaty feet will actually go away.


Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: My Winter Camping Gear
« on: February 16, 2016, 02:13:15 pm »
Nice compact setup.

I have my own clothing system at Quite "old school", but that is what I find works best when it gets really cold and I do improvised shelters, etc.

Winter Camping Clothing / Re: Clothing for Finland
« on: February 27, 2012, 02:32:09 am »
Your system looks good. I personally like the windproof layer (cotton or possibly polycotton) for two reasons: wind and loose snow. Wind is not a major point here (Jämtland in Sweden, forests pretty much like yours), but being able to keep drifting snow away is nice in my opinion.

And I agree, fire, firewood gathering, etc all make synthetic stuff a poorer choice. I like a big outer parka to put on during rest breaks (currently a Swedish army M90, but I'm working on a replacement (wool + polycotton), but one could certainy get by without one. And a nice vadmal is one of the great things in life.

One garment I like is a medieval style hood (samt class of garment as the Sami lukka). Easy adjustment, warm, comfortable, Just Works.

Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: lampwick alternatives?
« on: February 11, 2012, 01:57:42 am »
Have you tried normal "spännband". We used it with Roycroft snowshoes this weekend and it works really well.

That is what they current straps started out as. But orange polyester... :-(

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Les Stroud Winter Survival Episode
« on: February 04, 2012, 02:10:11 am »
I like the movies. Not because they show how to do it and how to equip for the woods. But they give people an idea about what surviving could involve. Basically there are three cases I see in wilderness life

1. What I teach in survival courses. This is for people who are not experts, but who takes a course thinking "ok, what if I ford a river on my hike and loose the pack?" or "say I go off for a day-trip from my tent, and loose my way getting back?". For those people an improvised shelter, a few hints on firemaking, practice doing it "for real" (e.g. actually sleeping in the shelter they build), stressing keeping warm and drinking water, etc is what they need to turn those scenarios from a life-threatening disaster into nothing more than a nice tale to tell over coffee in the breakroom at work the next week.

2. Normal bush travel. Then I have kit I like, stuff I know I can depend on, and it is not an adventure, it is just something you do. I tend to recall Ruthstrums tale in his winter book, about the father and daugher pair that he took out of the bush when young, or the tales of Helge Ingstad (et al). Competent wilderness travel, no nonsense. That is my goal.
3. What I would do if I made a mistake (pulk though ice, etc). Then it would be similar to number one, but different in all to many details, simply beacuse I have more skills and experience in the bushcraft and survival bits than the normal person who takes a one week course and goes hiking a few times a year.

Last winter someone died here in Sweden. He had ridden is snowmobile to a small cabin. In the middle of the night it caught fire. He tried, wearing only his jockey shorts, to ride the snowmobile home. No go. A bag of spare clothes by the snowmobile would have turned it into an adventure to tell tales about.

Sleds and Toboggans / Re: Simple Wood Pulk Harness
« on: February 01, 2012, 12:53:37 am »
Looks good. I used pvc conduit for my smaller toboggan in a similar fashion to yours. 

I once saw someone who had used PVC conduit with a rope snaked through it, just for insurance and ease of attachment (i.e. use the rope ends)

Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: lampwick alternatives?
« on: February 01, 2012, 12:50:36 am »
Thanks for all the good tips, this will get me sorted with something other than orange polyester :-/

Saws, Axes, Knives, Cutting Tools / Re: Fixed Blade Knives
« on: February 01, 2012, 12:22:53 am »
Moras (the Hultafors is basically equivalent, taste in details is the main difference) are basic, no frills knives that just work. As to what they are capable of I'd day that a fair bit of the "cleaning out a moose" jobs done in Sweden is with a Mora, they are as capable as most knives in a survival situation, are quite good tools for crafting, etc.

And -- as Mors Kochanski as proven on a number of occations -- they can take the abuse of batoning with ease.

Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: lampwick alternatives?
« on: January 22, 2012, 11:17:22 pm »
did you buy those snowshoes from me?if so i forgot to send some lampwick with them....damm.

Yes, that's me. I said good things about them on bushcraftuk.

cotton webbing will work or a good oil tanned leather thong, nylon webbing is not as good as cotton for tying knots in. or here...

Ok, then I have a few hints of that will work well (saves me reinventing the wheel). And what a price difference fro lampwick, compared to the only source I can find that will sell it by the yard over here. But a good fabric store will sell me cotton webbing for a decent price, so that looks like the solution.


Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: lampwick alternatives?
« on: January 22, 2012, 01:15:05 pm »
Not sure if you are looking for a cheap alternative, or something along the lines of lampwick, but the best harness for traditionals, in my opinion, is the Faber work harness.

I really like the idea of a traditional "native" binding (such as shown in the Connovers book). The step-in, step-out ability is good, as is the fact that my slightly duckfooted gait is not as strongly an issue as a more fixed harness might make it.

Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: lampwick alternatives?
« on: January 22, 2012, 01:13:22 pm »
Did you look at this place?

That looks good. Of course, being on the, from my perspective, wrong side of the Atlantic I'll try to source it more locally than Jas Townsend. I can get lampwick, but at the price I have been quoted I wonder what the alternatives are, and if they are as good. I think I can find cotton webbing like that...

Other Winter Camping Gear / lampwick alternatives?
« on: January 22, 2012, 02:54:22 am »
I recently bought a pair of traditional (wood and nylon lace) ojibwe style snowshoes. Lacking lampwick (is USD20/m a reasonable price?) I used an old 1" polyester strap that is fairly soft as such things go. Are there any other alternatives one could use?

Other Homemade Gear / Re: Beaver Fur Gauntlets
« on: November 14, 2011, 01:14:20 am »
When sewing them, make sure to add a welt between the layers. Decorative colored wool or thin leather folded double, or a plain strip of suede. The plain strip (or colored wool) has the advantage of being trimable once the mitten is finished.

Winter Camping Safety / Re: ice claw / ice picks
« on: January 14, 2011, 12:40:43 am »
In Sweden a lot of people skate on lakes (and in the coastal archipelago). This means that he conditions will be no snow (or at most a cm or so), that that some people will either push the limit, or be too inexperienced to know the danger signs. The then claws are quite usefull. With a lot of snow, probably not as much.

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