In the next 2 years, in addition to some workshops/courses I will be hosting as No Trace, I also started attending the Winter Training 2020 of Living by Nature. The ultimate follow-up to the year-course.
This course will completely focus on living in arctic conditions. The cold, snow and ice. It changes everything you know about being in nature comfortably. Activities need much more planning. You cannot “just” walk outside without gloves when temperatures are -35 C or less. Fuel for a fire becomes even more important. When the sun is gone, an important source of heat disappears immediately. This also changes the way and time to travel. You’ll have to transport all your belongings on a toboggan instead of a backpack.
A snow shower brings with it many more dangers than a heavy rain. Add some wind and you will have a nice challenge to tackle. I have already experienced several times that these weather changes can suddenly happen very quickly and the adaptability that this entails. Then it was a sudden change during the summer in mountainous areas. From 18C with brilliant weather to a snow shower where you couldn’t see a meter. The right clothes or a small shelter were enough to sit everything out and wait for the weather to calm down. If you start at a temperature of -18C, that offers very different perspectives.
In this training I would make the stuff I need for a trip to the cold areas. Like making your own pair of snowshoes, snow goggles and learning to make a snow shelter. But also all clothes are made by myself. From the mukluks to the fur hat, I would tanne and confection everything myself. The final expedition for this training is scheduled in Canada around February 2021.
The theory will be discussed during the entire Winter course in every weekend, for example, on 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 are going to learn how to make fire in cold and wet conditions.
In the meantime, No Trace has gone from a blog to a one-man business that, hopefully in the near future, will pay off more and more. One of the reasons why I left winter training early so that I can focus more on building a solid foundation. From this basis, I will then be able to afford this kind of training more easily. I will definitely finish this winter training in the near future!