WEIGHT OF CLOTHING TO WEAR
WEIGHT OF CLOTHING TO WEAR—What weight of clothing, mittens, caps, shoes, etc., should one have for northern hunting and trapping, where the temperature goes to 40 below, or more?
Ordinarily I do not attempt to answer a question covering such a broad subject, as it requires a lot of space to answer this query in a comprehensive way. But many others are interested in this and have asked similar questions, so here goes:
Heavy, all wool underclothes, one piece suits advised if you can get them in good weight. Wool is warmest next the skin as the friction of wool keeps the blood circulating freely, and wool absorbs perspiration without becoming cold from it. Have a change of underwear, the same kind, and keep them as clean as possible. Wool shirts are the only kind to wear out of doors in such cold weather. They should be of good weight. I prefer gray ones, but color is immaterial. Trousers should be of Mackinaw cloth, or any kind of strong, soft woolen material, except corduroy. Wear over them a pair of thin blue overalls, unless you are still-bunting. They are too noisy for wear while still-hunting, but no more so than corduroy, and not as much so as duck. But they save your trousers, and the snow does not stick to them badly.
There is only one material for a coat—that is Mackinaw cloth. It is soft and warm, and sheds water quite well: Its only fault is that the snow sticks to it more than to some kinds of goods. The coat should have a wide collar with a flan to button across the front a-lien it is turned up. This is to protect the face and neck when you have to face the wind across the frozen lakes. For mittens, turn to the Woodcraft department of this issue and you will find an excellent article on this subject. Mr. Dexter’s views are also mine when it comes to mittens. For a cap I prefer a wool toque, which can he pulled as far down over the head and ears as you like. But in itself it is not sufficient, and it is a good idea to have a large hood of light-weight wool cloth to wear on it in very cold weather. It is made of a rectangular piece of cloth, about sixteen by thirty inches, folded in the middle and sewn up on one side. On the loose corners strings are fastened, to tie under the chin. It hangs well down over the collar and keeps snow from falling down your back when walking in the snowy bush. Wear heavy woolen stockings and lots of them. Pull your stockings (socks) up over your trousers. If you haven’t got enough of them, wrap a strip of woolen cloth around your foot over the stockings. Wear buckskin moccasins in winter, (there is nothing else suitable for snow shoeing). They should be of the Chippewa pattern, with cloth tops. In fall and spring wear oil tanned shoe pacs. They are heavy moccasins of the Sioux pattern, made of oil tanned leather. They are waterproof, and will remain so for quite a long time if kept well oiled. This so the outfit I wore while in the North and I am sure you will find it satisfactory.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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