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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.



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?

First I should point out that I have never read the English translations of these books, but only the translation into Swedish from the original Norwegian.

Two books that tell of a time that is now to a large extent past. Helge Ingstad was a Norwegian with wanderlust, and he not only spent years as a trapper in Canada (described in "Land of Feast and Famine"), but also a full year with the inland Inuit of Alaska (the tale is told in "Among Alaska's Inland Eskimos").

What you get from reading these books are several things. There is anthropology, there is adventure, and there are skills described. Ingstad was a keen observer, and one can learn much from his no nonsense accounts of every day life in the north at a time when the maps where approximate and the old skills were still alive. 

General Winter Camping Discussion / When are snowshoes better than skis?
« on: January 09, 2010, 06:41:09 am »
I am fairly experienced on skis, but pretty much a total ignorami regarding snowshoes. Under what conditons are snowshoes superior? Hilly country? Dense brush? Large loads?

The reason I am asking is that around here the land is fairly hilly, and working up a hill (say 30-100 m elevation gain) with skis and pulk is brutal work. Would snowshoes be a better choice for me in these conditions?

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