Lilyrose talks about the gear a trapper depended on like wool socks stay warm.
An economy of both speech and movement underlies her presentation, derived from years of practice. Old tobacco cans are hard to come by nowadays but make great emergency camp stoves. Old wool socks are still best for warmth and keeping moisture away. Still, modern ingenuity has its benefits, like compact emergency blankets and multi-tools. In the indigenous way, the trapper way, there is no waste, everything has its use.
Once packed, it’s time to grab snowshoes and head out. Our path passes the aforementioned midden, along a moose trail and on to a trapper’s tent. On arriving here, we are told that being able to find or build a quick shelter is an essential trapper skill —and now it’s our turn. With saws, hatchets and bare hands, we work with the forest deadfall to build primitive lean-tos.