University of Atlantia

Course Detail

Medieval-inspired gear for backcountry camping

Elias de Birton

Instructor's Kingdom: Atlantia, Time Zone: EST
University Session:
UA105 September 12, 2020
Crs #:
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
1 hr
Course Category:
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 handout that accompanies this class can be found here (; it focuses primarily on artifacts and artwork from Europe in the 10th - 15th centuries (as will the class), but some earlier and later pieces are discussed, and the structure suggested can be applied to kits based on many different time periods and cultures. In class, I will summarize the concepts discussed in the handout and talk a little about some of my personal preferences for medieval-inspired gear, as well as facilitate student questions and discussion. This class will be taught via Zoom and recorded.
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