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  Topic: Historical Whip usage
Swanny

Replies: 3
Views: 4304

PostForum: Skills and Crafts   Posted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 6:31 am   Subject: Historical Whip usage
Whips were used by sled dog drivers from early 18th century into the modern era, though they are seen less frequently today. Early on they had longer than usual stocks with relatively short falls. Int ...
  Topic: a little canoe trip
Swanny

Replies: 3
Views: 3926

PostForum: Message Board   Posted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 12:15 pm   Subject: a little canoe trip
River (N): A bed of rocks through which water sometimes flows.

Thanks for sharing the trip report. I enjoyed reading it.
  Topic: Black powder safety in camp
Swanny

Replies: 20
Views: 12980

PostForum: Message Board   Posted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:48 pm   Subject: Re: Black powder safety in camp
What's the best practice for storing black powder in camp? The powder will be carried in a powder horn or manufacturer's container, but in camp during the day and at night, what is the safest means o ...
  Topic: Expanding Empire
Swanny

Replies: 11
Views: 7833

PostForum: MUZZLELOADER / On The Trail   Posted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:48 am   Subject: Expanding Empire
I'm very excited to be writing for a wider audience, and perhaps introducing some new folks to the reenacting and trekking possibilities offered to a northwestern fur trade reenactor. Especially the ...
  Topic: Horses on the trail
Swanny

Replies: 12
Views: 7845

PostForum: Message Board   Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 11:17 am   Subject: Horses on the trail
Trekking with animals does indeed add a huge new dimension to the avocation. I think it forces us to focus our attention on the same things that our historical counterparts had to concentrate on.
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  Topic: Tumpline or Rucksack
Swanny

Replies: 17
Views: 15269

PostForum: Message Board   Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 1:02 pm   Subject: Tumpline or Rucksack
The hitch I use most often with a portage strap:

http://www.oocities.org/allan_frbs/barrelhitch.gif
  Topic: Tumpline or Rucksack
Swanny

Replies: 17
Views: 15269

PostForum: Message Board   Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:28 am   Subject: Tumpline or Rucksack
I use a tumpline a lot, but almost never across my chest or over a shoulder. I use it as did the historical fur-trade voyageurs, across the top of my head.

By using the structural support of my sp ...
  Topic: Canteen Strap
Swanny

Replies: 6
Views: 5163

PostForum: Message Board   Posted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 12:46 pm   Subject: Canteen Strap
I think you can make a good argument for changing out the strap and cloth covering - given that you portray a civilian 7 years later than the end of the Seven Years War.

It's unlikely that my his ...
  Topic: Southern Scouts vs. Rangers
Swanny

Replies: 26
Views: 14481

PostForum: Message Board   Posted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:22 am   Subject: Southern Scouts vs. Rangers
Mario, that's also my impression, but I may be misled by modern roles. To may way of thinking, the role of the scout is to perform meaningful recon while avoiding detection, while the role of ranger ...
  Topic: Planning the "Big Trip".
Swanny

Replies: 11
Views: 6998

PostForum: Message Board   Posted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 11:56 am   Subject: Planning the "Big Trip".
Oh, it is long enough to qualify as long distance (barely), but it's not a race. Just a nice camping trip over a nice chunk of the state.
  Topic: Planning the "Big Trip".
Swanny

Replies: 11
Views: 6998

PostForum: Message Board   Posted: Sun Jul 22, 2012 7:44 pm   Subject: Planning the "Big Trip".
Thank you all. I'm expecting it to be quite a project. So is a friend of mine. Scott Chesney is a professional photographer who is an Iditarod finisher and who has done the Serum Run '25 in the pas ...
  Topic: Planning the "Big Trip".
Swanny

Replies: 11
Views: 6998

PostForum: Message Board   Posted: Sat Jul 21, 2012 8:08 am   Subject: Planning the "Big Trip".
I wish you luck! When do you expect your Big Trip will happen?

February of 2015, to celebrate and commemorate the 90th anniversary of the original 1925 run.
  Topic: Planning the "Big Trip".
Swanny

Replies: 11
Views: 6998

PostForum: Message Board   Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2012 11:08 pm   Subject: Planning the "Big Trip".
I think most of us dream of "some day" doing a "big trip", heading afield to reenact one of the epic journeys of frontier history. Some have done the entire Lewis and Clark route, ...
  Topic: Back country navigation poll.
Swanny

Replies: 6
Views: 3501

PostForum: Message Board   Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 8:26 pm   Subject: Back country navigation poll.
When planning a historical scout or trek into unfamiliar terrain, what navigational aids or instruments do you carry and use in the field? Please be fairly detailed, including methods of navigation ( ...
  Topic: A Personal Research Library
Swanny

Replies: 7
Views: 6063

PostForum: Message Board   Posted: Wed May 16, 2012 11:56 am   Subject: A Personal Research Library
I'd suggest making yourself acquainted with google books - and get in the habit of searching the 'free books'. The reason they are free is because the copyrights have expired, placing those works int ...
 
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