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description

This course will completely focus on living in arctic conditions. Cold, snow and ice change everything when it comes to being comfortable in nature. Activities need much more planning. You cannot “just” walk outside without gloves when temperatures are -35 C or less. You’ll have to transport all your belongings on a toboggan instead of a backpack.

In this course you will make the things you need for a trip to the cold areas. This way you make your own pair of snowshoes, snow goggles and you learn to make a snow shelter. The expedition that let’s us use and depend on all this knowledge an equipment will take place in Canada 2022.

The theory is discussed every weekend throughout the course and is about routines and disciplines in cold conditions, the use of insulation by means of snow and your body heat in the shelter. Wearing your clothing and materials in arctic conditions, dealing with overheating and hypothermia. Of course we will discuss how to make fire in cold and wet conditions.

Overview of the topics

  • We are going to work with tanning skins with bark, ‘bark tanning’ of roe deer, deer and fish skins. We will also prepare rawhide that are needed in the second weekend for making ‘parfleches’. The making of containers is also planned and a number of preparations for later projects.
  • Making a pair of snowshoes is a fun but intensive caraway. The wood must be bent by means of steam. Then you’re going to braid the entire snowshoe with rawhide. This way you can make your own pair of snowshoes for the expedition.
  • Good clothing is crucial in the cold regions and fur retains the heat very well. We spend a lot of time tanning skin while preserving the hairs, so fur. Among other things, fox, beaver and reindeer. The techniques you learn can be applied to various types of coats. The method is 100% natural, there are no chemicals involved. We go into the different animal parts and look at what they were used for and how you can treat them.
  • In winter equipment there are a number of special items that you rarely need. For example, we are going to make an ice sculpt from stone or antlers and you make your snow goggles. You will learn to work with greenstone and slate. You will grind and polish with natural sanding plates and sand. You will also learn what ‘pecking’ means and choose wood that is suitable for your pickaxe.
  • Hunting with traps and bows in the snow requires knowledge of the weather. Being able to read the weather, knowing what to do in case of sudden changes. Where do you put the traps and snares? There is a thick layer of ice and a meter of snow. What do you take into account now that the world looks different? It is no longer recognizable from the summer. But still, winter is a wealth for hunting when you know what to look out for. We are going to make winter traps and fishing lines and hooks for winter conditions. We will also prepare you for wake fishing for the final expedition.
  • Being able to keep yourself warm is important! This weekend is all about making clothing items. We felt our inner shoes and an anorak. From rough sheep hair you work to beautifully carded and possibly colored wool, to a beautiful coat. This is one of the most important clothing items for the expedition.
  • The hands and feet are most likely to frostbite and frostbite in the polar regions. It is essential to protect them well. You will make gaiters, boots (mukluks) from buckskin and gloves from fur. We will also make cooking utensils such as a soapstone pan.

Craft week in the Vosges

A week with the group to the Vosges where we will cover more winter skills and can gain the first experiences in the snow with tracking and walking with snowshoes. Here we will also continue to work on making our personal items and working on your winter outfit.

End of
expedition
In collaboration with Lure of the North we are planning a beautiful expedition in beautiful Canada. On this trek we pull our own, with a sledge, our stuff and use all our homemade items.

Data:

Dates 2020

February 21-22-23
April 24-25-26
June 26-27-28
August 14-15-16
October 23-24-25
December 18-19-20

Dates 2021

January 4-10 (craft week Vosges)
April 16-17-18
June 18-19-20
August 13-14-15
October 15-16-17
December 17-18-19

COURSE CONTENT:
See description

price:
3500,-

INCLUDED IN THE
PRICE:
statutory VAT, meals/ materials during the course days

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Extra material for the home
  • Travel expenses to/ from Vosges
  • Travel costs to/from the expedition

NUMBER OF
PERSONS:
16

AGE:
16 (younger after interview & approval)

LOCATIONS:
Bladel,
Aerdenhout,
Bathmen

DURATION OF
COURSE:
55 days