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Medieval-inspired gear for backcountry camping

Elias de Birton

University Session UA104 June 13, 2020 Course # 418
Time 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Fee
Length 1 hr Credits 1
Attendees 16/∞ Room Sinister
Course Category Forestry/Woodcraft

Recreational camping is fundamentally not appropriate for the time period covered by the SCA. Sleeping outside only became something some people in Western society did for fun in the late 19th century. That being said, it's a lot of fun to get out in the woods in garb with only what you can carry on your back, cook over a campfire, and sleep in wool blankets under the stars. Backcountry camping in the style of a previous time period has long been popular with those portraying 19th century Mountain men and 18th century longhunters, but those interested in earlier periods are beginning to give it a try, as well! This course will discuss ideas for putting together camping gear based on extant artifacts and medieval representations of hunters, pilgrims, and soldiers. The focus will be on artifacts and artwork from Europe in the 10th - 15th centuries, but some earlier and later pieces will likely be discussed. This class will be taught via Zoom and recorded.

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