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Cold Weather Equipment Solutions.

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Snow Goggles - Ice Raven - Sub Zero Adventure - Copyright Gary Waidson, All rights reserved.

Now here is an old school solution to a problem that I’ll freely admit is not quite as functional as it’s modern equivalent.     Snow Goggles.

These are based on an Inuit design and I really fancied whittling up a pair just to try them out.

To be fair they would certainly do the job, and quite well as far as I can tell.

They reduce the glare well and give a reasonable field of view horizontally, which would suit life on the ice. Where they fall down compared to modern glasses or goggles is the vertical field of vision which is rather limited and requires a bit of up and down head movement to compensate.

They are interesting though and similar ones could be improvised quickly out of birch bark in an emergency so as a project I think they have been well worth while but I support these with a modern pair as well for safety.

Inuit Snow Saw / Knife - Ice Raven - Sub Zero Adventure - Copyright Gary Waidson, All rights reserved.

A snow shovel is of course a vital tool in hard Winter conditions and mine has the handy addition of a small saw, stored in the handle, but while researching Inuit artefacts I saw many pre-trading era snow knives made of ivory or whale bone.

Obviously I didn’t have those sorts of material to hand so I wondered if a good bit of seasoned oak would serve the same purpose. I was surprise that non of the originals that I had seen were toothed like a saw so I decided, since this was an experiment, to try make it with a smooth edge and a saw edge to see which worked best.

The Snow Knife is considered one of the most important peices of equipment for an Inuk out in  the wild. Amongst other things it is used for building snow shelters like the igluvijaq (most commonly referred to by outsiders as Igloo.)

Ice Claw in hand - Ice Raven - Sub Zero Adventure - Copyright Gary Waidson, All rights reserved.

Something that definitely finds it’s way into my pack is a pair of ice claws.

Like most sensible Brits, the idea of walking out onto a frozen lake or river is not a matter that I take lightly.

The thought behind ice claws is that should you fall through the ice they provide you with sharp points that can dig into the ice surface to help you pull yourself back out.    A potential life saver.

The lanyard allows you to hang them around your neck, with the points safely tucked away, and is elastic so that it does not present a strangling hazard but can still be used at full arms length to reach a good hold.

Ice Claws - Ice Raven - Sub Zero Adventure - Copyright Gary Waidson, All rights reserved.

Of course, no safety equipment replaces simple caution and in some cases there may be too much snow on the surface for these to be effective, but any sensible precautions taken against such a dangerous incident is well worth taking.

 

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The Ice Raven Project promotes sustainable and low impact bushcraft and wilderness skills in Arctic and winter conditions. This includes the use of  tents, tarps  and snow shelters where possible. Fires are only used where safe and where use and collection of firewood will not damage the natural environment. We often travel to locations by public transport and then use snowshoes, sleds, toboggans and pulks to transport our equipment into the wilderness.

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