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Review: Casio Pro Trek PRW-6000

Review: Casio Pro Trek PRW-6000

Writing fair reviews can often be a bit difficult as it requires balancing your own personal preferences, needs and desires against both the designers'/makers' ambitions, and also against the more generic readers' need for an independent perspective. These three can...

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The sacred simplicity of nature

The sacred simplicity of nature

At a spiritual level there are two reasons that drive me to regularly spend nights alone in the woods, all through the ever changing year. The two are first, the undisturbed solitude, and second, the relative asceticism that inevitably comes with it. Although it is...

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Review: Therm-a-Rest Trail Pro 4-Season Sleeping Pad

Review: Therm-a-Rest Trail Pro 4-Season Sleeping Pad

Sleeping well is essential to all our experiences in life, and no less so when we are outdoors. And we all know how numb and tired we feel after having been unable to sleep on hard ground in freezing cold. Not least in the North, where the cold from the ground will...

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Review: Carinthia High Insulation Garment 3

Review: Carinthia High Insulation Garment 3

Continuing our journey of testing internationally lesser known, high-end brands, we will today look at Austrian Carinthia, a top quality maker which targets both military and civilian use, with a reputation for offering products of reliable, durable and very...

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Review: EKA Nordic W12 knife

Review: EKA Nordic W12 knife

The EKA Nordic W12 knife is designed and manufactured by one of the oldest Swedish cutlers, EKA-knivar AB, a company founded already in 1882 under the name Hadar Hallström Kniffabriks AB, but already in 1917 changing its name to Eskilstuna Kniffabriks Aktiebolag...

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Review: Belleville Minimalist Boots

Review: Belleville Minimalist Boots

Most countries have fantastic inventors and manufacturers that are little known outside of their national borders, some even having been Royal purveyors for many decades, and it is a bit of a shame that we for this reason miss out on some fantastic gear, simply...

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Customs, life and generations

Customs, life and generations

I love Mora knives. There, I've said it. I know not everyone agrees to their greatness, but I grew up with Mora knives being the only knife everyone used, outdoors, in the garage, at school woodwork class, at work, literally everyone, and everywhere. I love them. And...

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Nature, solitude and company

Nature, solitude and company

As a father of two fantastic boys, hiking & camping means different things to me, depending on for what reasons, and how it is all done. And the resulting experience is therefore for me also quite different. This can, at times, also be a source of concern and...

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Review: Terävä Skrama & Jääkäripuukko

Review: Terävä Skrama & Jääkäripuukko

We have already talked about how your different needs as a bushcrafter, prepper, survivalist or general outdoors person dictate what kind of knife, or knives, you should look for. A survivalist, for example, looks for a single general-purpose knife that is decent at...

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Review: Leo Köhler Multicam KSK-Smock

Review: Leo Köhler Multicam KSK-Smock

If you want to go outdoors in all seasons and weather, then good clothing is essential to your whole experience and your comfort in nature. What you need may vary a little bit depending on how you tend to spend your time when you are out, but some things are generally...

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Review: Mora Bushcraft Survival Knife

Review: Mora Bushcraft Survival Knife

Being Swedish, the town Mora more or less equates to knives and I would even go so far as to claim that "Mora" is pretty much a synonym for the word "knife", here in Sweden, much like Wellingtons are a synonym for rubber boots in the UK. Say the word, and people will...

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Review: BE Bushbox XL Combination Kit

Review: BE Bushbox XL Combination Kit

While carrying a certain romantic image, cooking food outdoors over open fire has up until recently been a rather inefficient method, requiring both a lot of firewood and a lot of work for preparing it. However, in the last decade or so, a very fuel efficient type of...

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Review: Peltonen Sissipuukko Ranger Knife m95

Review: Peltonen Sissipuukko Ranger Knife m95

Being Swedish and having lived my whole life with Mora knives which are typical of the traditional Nordic knives with their simple grips, flat "Scandi" grind and very sharp edges that are wonderful for everyday outdoors chores, I am very much coloured by that...

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The Sound of the Raven

The Sound of the Raven

Some of my favourite sounds in the woods are the sounds that the raven make. After the raven disappearing almost completely, the forests I go into now have quite a lot of them and on a lucky day you can see 10-15 of them together, although more commonly you see or...

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Sviðna, Svedjebruk and Slash & Burn cultivation

Sviðna, Svedjebruk and Slash & Burn cultivation

Out of the ashes that is left after the burning of peat, bushes and sticks a remarkable fertility now arises, so that especially if you therein sow winter rye, beets, poppy, flax or hemp, a rich and plentiful harvest is generated. Olaus Magnus, Historia de gentibus...

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Why go on solo hikes?

Why go on solo hikes?

Camping and hiking for most people means a group activity, something you do with your friends and family to provide company and comfort in an environment that is unfamiliar, and at night for many even a bit scary. Going solo however, has its own merits and I will here...

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Dangers of winter and how to prepare

Dangers of winter and how to prepare

Wintertime and cold weather pose their own particular challenges, discomforts and dangers and you need to know a few basics to make life easier and safer under the conditions these seasons offer for your outdoors life. This article collects advice that attempt to...

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Nordic words for snow

Nordic words for snow

In the parts of the world, or more specifically, the regions and places where snow has a direct influence on people's lives, it is quite common for people to have different words describing the characteristics of the snow based on how it influences their lives in...

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Let kids play with knives

Let kids play with knives

I was fortunate to grow up in a time and place where it was quite normal for kids, and boys in particular, to use knives, cutting twigs and branches into various usable items, like sausage sticks, bow and crossbow arrows, staves etc, etc, not to mention a whole lot of...

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Review: The Knife Connection ESEE knife handles

Review: The Knife Connection ESEE knife handles

Some time ago we reviewed the fantastic ESEE-4, ESEE-5 and the ESEE-6 knives. These are great, rugged knives, primarily designed for survival rather than regular outdoors situations, and in spirit the American equivalents of the Swedish Fällkniven F1, S1 and A1...

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Review: Ricoh-Pentax WG-5 GPS Adventure Camera

Review: Ricoh-Pentax WG-5 GPS Adventure Camera

Although I have worked as a commercial photographer with various system cameras as well as VR photography kits, this is not the angle I will be writing from today. Instead, I will be writing from the perspective of an outdoorsman with the particular considerations...

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Review: Fällkniven A1, S1 & F1

Review: Fällkniven A1, S1 & F1

Today we will review three knives by a Swedish brand that oddly enough is little known to the common Swede, but which is a proper success story of a company that enjoys great respect for their high quality knives, by professionals and civilians alike, worldwide....

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Review: Katadyn Basecamp Pro 10L

Review: Katadyn Basecamp Pro 10L

When you go outoors for a few days or more, you have a three basic needs you need to satisfy; something to eat, something to keep you warm & dry, and something to drink. Food is often difficult to find in large enough quantities in nature and thus needs to be brought....

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Learning to handle being lost

Learning to handle being lost

Getting lost for some time in the wild isn't necessarily a bad or dangerous experience and also something you can practice in gradually more difficult environments. Here are some tips based on personal experience of getting "lost" in the woods every now and then.  It...

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Review: Warbonnet Blackbird XLC Hammock

Review: Warbonnet Blackbird XLC Hammock

As an outdoorsman, or -woman, moving from sleeping on the ground to suspended in a hammock is one of the most revolutionary steps you can take. It really changes things quite dramatically. Many suffer from lack of sleep when camping, commonly due to feeling...

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Canoeing alone the easy way

Canoeing alone the easy way

So having just gotten back from a couple of days of canoeing and having watched a flock of highschool teens loudly struggling with little resulting movement and control, here are a few basic tips primarily for those who would like to learn to paddle alone, but with...

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Life in circles –  small ponderings

Life in circles – small ponderings

Happy the man, who, remote from business, after the manner of the ancient race of mortals, cultivates his paternal lands with his own oxen, disengaged from every kind of usury; he is neither alarmed by the horrible trump, as a soldier, nor dreads he the angry sea; he...

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A list of things you should get to better enjoy nature

A list of things you should get to better enjoy nature

The range of products available for hiking and camping is today pretty overwhelming, with specialized high tech gear and gadgets that can often cost a fortune or two. However, much of it is quite unnecessary, and only a few items are strictly needed, while a few more...

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Walking with ease and awareness

Walking with ease and awareness

We all have a natural tendency to try to choose the shortest and the easiest route as we travel to a location. The fundamental desire is to not exhaust oneself unnecessarily, preserving energy, which of course is wise. However, finding the middle way between those two...

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On George Washington “Nessmuk” Sears

On George Washington “Nessmuk” Sears

George Washington Sears (December 2, 1821 – May 1, 1890), might not be so internationally famous, but among American bushcrafters he is without doubt one of the most well-known and influential early fathers of the whole lifestyle, inspiring other renowned outdoorsmen...

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The importance of knowing a basic set of skills for nature

The importance of knowing a basic set of skills for nature

Despite being vaguely aware of history and what came before us it is almost impossible to emotionally not feel as if everything has always been more or less the way it is now. As humans we are very much focused, for natural reasons, on the absolute present and it is...

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Review: ESEE-4, ESEE-5 & ESEE-6 knives

Review: ESEE-4, ESEE-5 & ESEE-6 knives

ESEE Knives, formerly R.A.T Cutlery is one of the most well-regarded cutlers in the USA, a cutler with a strong reputation for quality, and with the owners Jeff Randall and Mike Perrin standing by their products no matter what. Their personal integrity is...

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Everyman’s Right in the Nordic countries

Everyman’s Right in the Nordic countries

While most countries in the western world designate certain remote and less populated state or commune-owned areas for camping and hiking, most of the Nordic countries handle this quite differently and in a way that surprises many from other parts of the world....

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Hiking alone for the first time?

Hiking alone for the first time?

So, you are considering hiking alone for the first time? What can you expect from that experience? Well first of all, it will be an amazing and strong experience. There will be no distraction from other people (hopefully) and it is just you and nature, meaning you...

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Review: KA-BAR D2 Extreme Fighting/Utility Knife

Review: KA-BAR D2 Extreme Fighting/Utility Knife

This article was originally published on HROARR.com When it comes to combat knives, next to the classical Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife, few are as iconic as the USMC "KA-BAR". However, while the Fairbairn-Sykes represents a more elegant design and delicate use, made...

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Made a little bookmark out of moose hide, strong waxed linen thread, and reindeer antler, for reading in those long, dark winter nights, and days, in the woods. Kind of like it, but I hink I have to make a new, better one.

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Made a little bookmark out of moose hide, strong waxed linen thread, and reindeer antler, for reading in those long, dark winter nights, and days, in the woods. Kind of like it, but I hink I have to make a new, better one.

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For those long and rainy days in the woods; simple pyrographed Hnefatafl board, made from pine wood, aged with vinegar and linseed oil and then given a coating of beeswax. Pieces are calcined flint stone picked in the local archipelago, some black, tumbled stone and amber for the king. Another set also uses reindeer antler.

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For those long and rainy days in the woods; simple pyrographed Hnefatafl board, made from pine wood, aged with vinegar and linseed oil and then given a coating of beeswax. Pieces are calcined flint stone picked in the local archipelago, some black, tumbled stone and amber for the king. Another set also uses reindeer antler.

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Think I will have to consider this one finished for now, and let the rest of the remaining blemishes wear off naturally, over time. Otherwise I will have to remove too much of the edge.

This is an old Mora KJ Eriksson Mod 1700 hunting knife, likely some 40-60 years old. Over the years it had been badly abused, with deep, black rust, deep scratching, and a sheath all dried up and damaged. The top photo shows it after a light clean up at the top, and the bottom the current state, after having worked with a number of tools, all by hand, including two wonderful Belgian whetstones from Ardennes Coticule.

This is one of my absolute favourite knife designs, from a visual perspective alone, in some countries called a buffalo skinner. Quite good for general purpose too and not to different to may actual favourite all purpose knife; the Peltonen Sissipuukko.

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Think I will have to consider this one finished for now, and let the rest of the remaining blemishes wear off naturally, over time. Otherwise I will have to remove too much of the edge.

This is an old Mora KJ Eriksson Mod 1700 hunting knife, likely some 40-60 years old. Over the years it had been badly abused, with deep, black rust, deep scratching, and a sheath all dried up and damaged. The top photo shows it after a light clean up at the top, and the bottom the current state, after having worked with a number of tools, all by hand, including two wonderful Belgian whetstones from Ardennes Coticule.

This is one of my absolute favourite knife designs, from a visual perspective alone, in some countries called a "buffalo skinner". Quite good for general purpose too and not to different to may actual favourite all purpose knife; the Peltonen Sissipuukko.

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Some more knife sharpening tips: If you are using a flat whetstone, you should feel a more or less even resistance, as you push the knife along the stone. If you dont, then you either have an edge thickness, or an edge shape, that is irregular. 

If it is just the thickness, then it is simply a question of keeping going with  the sharpening until you get that even resistance that indicates an even edge. However, and this is quite common: If your edge curves somewhat close to the grip, then you need to reshape the blade a bit. The reason why this occurs is because people tend to sharpen the knives in a fashion which means the central parts of the blade gets a lot of contact with the stone, but the movement is halted once the knife handle comes in contact with the stone, meaning this area gets left almost untreated. With a flat stone, this with time means that the part of the blade the closest to the grip gets harder and harder to sharpen, eventually even impossible. 

This can be clearly seen in the photo, where both the edge, and even the whole bevel - with a rough area about 1 square centimetre in size - need a whole lot more work, despite a lot of work having been done already. The stone simply cant reach this area yet.

So, if you see that little curve, make sure to remove that curve first, reshaping it to a straight edge which can be sharpened evenly, and then keep this issue in mind so you do not create or worsen it.

A combination of the two issues, the irregular thickness and shape, is of course also very common with old, used and hand-sharpened knives, but the edge shape needs attention first.

Some more knife sharpening tips: If you are using a flat whetstone, you should feel a more or less even resistance, as you push the knife along the stone. If you don't, then you either have an edge thickness, or an edge shape, that is irregular.

If it is just the thickness, then it is simply a question of keeping going with the sharpening until you get that even resistance that indicates an even edge. However, and this is quite common: If your edge curves somewhat close to the grip, then you need to reshape the blade a bit. The reason why this occurs is because people tend to sharpen the knives in a fashion which means the central parts of the blade gets a lot of contact with the stone, but the movement is halted once the knife handle comes in contact with the stone, meaning this area gets left almost untreated. With a flat stone, this with time means that the part of the blade the closest to the grip gets harder and harder to sharpen, eventually even impossible.

This can be clearly seen in the photo, where both the edge, and even the whole bevel - with a rough area about 1 square centimetre in size - need a whole lot more work, despite a lot of work having been done already. The stone simply can't reach this area yet.

So, if you see that little curve, make sure to remove that curve first, reshaping it to a straight edge which can be sharpened evenly, and then keep this issue in mind so you do not create or worsen it.

A combination of the two issues, the irregular thickness and shape, is of course also very common with old, used and hand-sharpened knives, but the edge shape needs attention first.
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Very rarely do you get that experience where you feel This is absolute perfection. A few tools stand out in this regard, well proven over the centuries. Now, Ive used many different sharpening tools over the years, mostly synthetic. Some time ago, however, I was sent a few whetstones from Ardennes Coticule in Belgium to try out, and Ive now added them into my routine for restoring old worn-out knives. First time using it was an epiphany, working with the Dilucot method of thick slurry at first, and gradually thinner as you progress. The seamless progression through various grits towards grits for straight razor is so liberating. I absolutely adore these stones. And the old Mora hunting knife is starting to show its beauty again.

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Morakniv Ardennes Coticule

Very rarely do you get that experience where you feel "This is absolute perfection". A few tools stand out in this regard, well proven over the centuries. Now, I've used many different sharpening tools over the years, mostly synthetic. Some time ago, however, I was sent a few whetstones from Ardennes Coticule in Belgium to try out, and I've now added them into my routine for restoring old worn-out knives. First time using it was an epiphany, working with the Dilucot method of thick slurry at first, and gradually thinner as you progress. The seamless progression through various "grits" towards grits for straight razor is so liberating. I absolutely adore these stones. And the old Mora hunting knife is starting to show its beauty again.

#northernbush #northernbushnews #bushcraft #coticule #whetstones #morakniv #prepper

Morakniv Ardennes Coticule
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Thank you for you kind words 🙂

Cherished things: The Karesuandokniven Björnen (The Bear) knife and their kuksa with reindeer antler inlay, made from birch burl and per tradition boiled in salt water, in the far, far north of Sweden.

#northernbush #northernbushnews #karesuandokniven #bushcraft #prepping #survival #tradition #trekking #hiking

Karesuandokniven

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Cherished things: The Karesuandokniven Björnen (The Bear) knife and their kuksa with reindeer antler inlay, made from birch burl and per tradition boiled in salt water, in the far, far north of Sweden.

#northernbush #northernbushnews #karesuandokniven #bushcraft #prepping #survival #tradition #trekking #hiking

Karesuandokniven

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Such beautiful craftsmanship!

If you plan to spend one or more days and nights of winter camping for the first time, then do count on the temperatures feeling up to 10-15℃/18-25℉ colder compared to walking and moving around. Sitting or lying mostly still for hours is very different to even just a little walking and you will feel a lot colder, even during the day, and yet more at night, without the sun to warm you. You need to plan for this.

If you plan to spend one or more days and nights of winter camping for the first time, then do count on the temperatures feeling up to 10-15℃/18-25℉ colder compared to walking and moving around. Sitting or lying mostly still for hours is very different to even just a little walking and you will feel a lot colder, even during the day, and yet more at night, without the sun to warm you. You need to plan for this. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Which place is it ?

The Muir Woods Redwoods have some mighty big trees, about 2000 years old. Beautiful hiking.

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The Muir Woods Redwoods have some mighty big trees, about 2000 years old. Beautiful hiking.

#northernbush #northernbushnews #bushcraft #hiking #woodcraft #outdoors
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Happy National Sapmi Day, and cheers to all struggling minorities without whom we would all be so much poorer.

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Happy National Sapmi Day, and cheers to all struggling minorities without whom we would all be so much poorer.

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Fantastic knife with fantastic meat; Karesuandoknivens Björnen (The Bear), with smoked and quite tender reindeer heart. The latter might seem off-putting for some who havent tried it, but you are missing out on a true delicacy. It is really good meat.

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Karesuandokniven

Fantastic knife with fantastic meat; Karesuandokniven's Björnen (The Bear), with smoked and quite tender reindeer heart. The latter might seem off-putting for some who haven't tried it, but you are missing out on a true delicacy. It is really good meat.

#northernbush #northernbushnews #bushcraft #outdoors #knives #survival #prepper

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Looking good ! Nice curly handle !!

very very nice!

This spring and summer we will be testing out the 2018 Kaitum 9 #6 fly fishing set from Guideline, working on learning to be a better fly fisherman at the same time. The Kaitum set is an upgrade from their old Kispiox series (shown on the picture), with somewhat faster action, and comes delivered with their Favo reel.

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This spring and summer we will be testing out the 2018 Kaitum 9' #6 fly fishing set from Guideline, working on learning to be a better fly fisherman at the same time. The Kaitum set is an upgrade from their old Kispiox series (shown on the picture), with somewhat faster action, and comes delivered with their Favo reel.

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This image shows floorplans of some of the cottage types that were common in Sweden at least from the Middle Ages and onwards. At the top we have the Simple Cottage, an asymmetric 3-part division of rooms, called stuga (cottages). 

The förstu/farstu (antechamber) leads to the everyday living quarters, the stuga, which was the only room really used, for work, used as a kitchen and for sleeping in. The kammare (chambers) was not heated, saving on firewood, and only used for festivities and for receiving guests in. Keeping it mostly unused also meant it was preserved neat and clean and thus something to present to guests with pride.

The same concept returns in the Sidechamber cottages and the Pair Cottages, and these designs were used well into the early 20th century. Not until the 1930s did the idea of using all of the rooms for everyday living arise, and it took decades for it to fully be accepted. In fact, just a few decades ago, in the countryside and the far north, it was still common practice to reserve a large room and up to a third of the house especially for festivities, not allowing anyone to even enter those rooms outside of such occassions. 

Both my grandparents, and my parents maintained this practice into the 1990s.

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This image shows floorplans of some of the cottage types that were common in Sweden at least from the Middle Ages and onwards. At the top we have the Simple Cottage, an asymmetric 3-part division of rooms, called "stuga" (cottages).

The "förstu/farstu" (antechamber) leads to the everyday living quarters, the "stuga", which was the only room really used, for work, used as a kitchen and for sleeping in. The "kammare" (chambers) was not heated, saving on firewood, and only used for festivities and for receiving guests in. Keeping it mostly unused also meant it was preserved neat and clean and thus something to present to guests with pride.

The same concept returns in the Sidechamber cottages and the Pair Cottages, and these designs were used well into the early 20th century. Not until the 1930s did the idea of using all of the rooms for everyday living arise, and it took decades for it to fully be accepted. In fact, just a few decades ago, in the countryside and the far north, it was still common practice to reserve a large room and up to a third of the house especially for festivities, not allowing anyone to even enter those rooms outside of such occassions.

Both my grandparents, and my parents maintained this practice into the 1990s.

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This is Old Tjikko, the oldest known living tree in the world, still alive and well in Sweden after some 9558 years, having been born about a millennia after the Ice Age.

The actual trunk is only a few hundred years old and will only live up to about 600 years, but the organism is much, much older, having survived from the roots sprouting new trunks.

The 2nd oldest tree, Old Rasmus also stands in the central parts of Sweden, estimated to be at least 9500 years old.

Both trees are named after their discoverers dogs.

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This is Old Tjikko, the oldest known living tree in the world, still alive and well in Sweden after some 9558 years, having been born about a millennia after the Ice Age.

The actual trunk is only a few hundred years old and will only live up to about 600 years, but the organism is much, much older, having survived from the roots sprouting new trunks.

The 2nd oldest tree, Old Rasmus also stands in the central parts of Sweden, estimated to be at least 9500 years old.

Both trees are named after their discoverer's dogs.

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Now THAT was a GREAT and fascinating post my friend 👍👍

Rasmus Conradsson 😊

Quicktip: Never bring new and untested critical gear as your only option. Always primarily rely on gear you know works, and which you are comfortable with. Otherwise you may end up with aching and blistered feet, freezing in a too cold sleeping bag, or with a broken back from a backpack that didnt really fit your body when carried over longer stretches.

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Quicktip: Never bring new and untested "critical" gear as your only option. Always primarily rely on gear you know works, and which you are comfortable with. Otherwise you may end up with aching and blistered feet, freezing in a too cold sleeping bag, or with a broken back from a backpack that didn't really fit your body when carried over longer stretches.

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As we say in woodworking: practice on scrap or you'll be practicing on your project!

Quite happy to report that 66 year old Swedish West Coast brand Tenson has decided to let us review their Wictor parka this winter. We are looking forward to trying this out as soon as we get a little bit of snow, staying out for a few nights and see how it performs. The big pockets, the sturdy zipper, and the Canadian buttons look very promising.

The features of the parka are as follows:

Detachable hood
Detachable synthetic fur on hood
Articulated sleeves
Downlike padding
Watercolumn: 5.000 mm
Breathability: 5.000 g/m²/24h

Material specifications 
Upper: MPC - 55% Cotton, 45% PolyesterInsulation: Synthetic Padding - 140 g/m2 (320 g Body, 240 g Sleeves)

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Quite happy to report that 66 year old Swedish West Coast brand Tenson has decided to let us review their Wictor parka this winter. We are looking forward to trying this out as soon as we get a little bit of snow, staying out for a few nights and see how it performs. The big pockets, the sturdy zipper, and the "Canadian" buttons look very promising.

The features of the parka are as follows:

Detachable hood
Detachable synthetic fur on hood
Articulated sleeves
Downlike padding
Watercolumn: 5.000 mm
Breathability: 5.000 g/m²/24h

Material specifications
Upper: MPC - 55% Cotton, 45% PolyesterInsulation: Synthetic Padding - 140 g/m2 (320 g Body, 240 g Sleeves)

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Too bad I can't stand wool, it's amazing material, perfect for stalking.

While we rarely experience them in our daily life, there are five factors that to a quite high degree affect and sometimes cloud our judgment; hunger, thirst, heat/cold, fatigue and stress. They are of course also all connected and affect each other in various ways, with e.g. overheating leading to both fatigue and thirst, which in turn can cause stress. And stress caused by even quite small things, like rain or fear of the dark, can often cause us to act rashly, not quite taking the time to think things through properly, or in worst case, become completely indecisive and passive, while hunger, thirst and heat or cold can make our minds slow, and analysis of things becomes quite difficult as we turn into an energy saving mode, acting more and more on automated instinct.

And since we normally do not experience these things other than in situations we have little control over, with accidents, it is good to practice them under somewhat controlled circumstances, so you know how they affect you, and you learn to recognize the warning signs and can to a degree avoid having them affect your judgment. Likewise, it is good to learn habits that protect us and make them instinct so we use them without thinking when we turn into automated mode, for instance in how we walk and move in nature, how we use our tools, how we handle fire, how we eat and drink, and how we use shelter.

Other things are harder to learn to physically prepare for, like the paralysis that comes from falling through the ice in a winter lake, or severe bleeding wounds, but even mental and practical preparation helps here, so if nothing else, at least learn what actions you are to take, and practice them with the required gear.

#northernbush  #bushcraft #survival #prepping

While we rarely experience them in our daily life, there are five factors that to a quite high degree affect and sometimes cloud our judgment; hunger, thirst, heat/cold, fatigue and stress. They are of course also all connected and affect each other in various ways, with e.g. overheating leading to both fatigue and thirst, which in turn can cause stress. And stress caused by even quite small things, like rain or fear of the dark, can often cause us to act rashly, not quite taking the time to think things through properly, or in worst case, become completely indecisive and passive, while hunger, thirst and heat or cold can make our minds slow, and analysis of things becomes quite difficult as we turn into an "energy saving" mode, acting more and more on automated instinct.

And since we normally do not experience these things other than in situations we have little control over, with accidents, it is good to practice them under somewhat controlled circumstances, so you know how they affect you, and you learn to recognize the warning signs and can to a degree avoid having them affect your judgment. Likewise, it is good to learn habits that protect us and make them "instinct" so we use them without thinking when we turn into automated mode, for instance in how we walk and move in nature, how we use our tools, how we handle fire, how we eat and drink, and how we use shelter.

Other things are harder to learn to physically prepare for, like the paralysis that comes from falling through the ice in a winter lake, or severe bleeding wounds, but even mental and practical preparation helps here, so if nothing else, at least learn what actions you are to take, and practice them with the required gear.

#northernbush #bushcraft #survival #prepping
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Hiking & Season
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Selecting camp location
Setting up camp
Different types of shelter
Different types of burning fuel for cooking
Hygiene

Bushcraft

Different needs, different knives
Using a knife
Food safe rust prevention of carbon knives
Knots
Making simple ropes out of small thicket

Fire

Collecting tinder, kindling & fire wood
Making fire
Different types of campfires

Hiking & Survival

Finding your way without compass
Keeping warm and dry in cold
Dressing for adaptivity and versatility
Protein and energy rich food
Edible plants
Wilderness Medicine, Injury & Emergencies
“Infantry fire”, Chafing & Blisters
Hypothermia, Heatstroke, Malnutrition & Dehydration, Salt deficiency
Medical plants

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