Steve Watts turned me on to this Finnish blog, Perkele’s. As I am booking flights today to attend my first SHOT SHOW next month, the timing couldn’t be better. Posts like this from the heart are good for keeping you grounded when it comes to gear…
Again today i got to thinking about this never ending kit hoarding, and my struggle with it 🙂
Every time i see these old men, who have been relly living from the woods, from fauna and flora, by fishing, hunting and gathering, just to live, not for fun…i am ashamed of my self somehow. These gents, in most cases, haven’t ever been into “kit” stuff, like i have grown with em. Usually here, you see an old hunter, with worn, but clean simple wool & cotton clothing, pair of rubber or leather boots, an old pack with loads of stories in it. In their packs that sometimes look more like empty, you’ll most likely find an old beat-up coffee pot,a frying pan of some type,sometimes even a cast iron model. The following items are usually an old wood handled axe, maybe some saw, or just a saw blade, a pouch containing some salt, sugar, tobacco and maybe some hard butter piece, along with piece of bread and a slice of pork meat. He’ll be carrying a simple handmade puukko or just a plain cheap mora, and in some cases a compass in some pocket. And besides the kit, these old school heroes carry the most important things like will, strength, endurance and knowledge, that replace the need ( ? ) for heavy load of mostly non-vital gear.
This is something i’ve always, and now again, can’t look bad at all. No sir, i can only admire and envy these old chaps, they’re never complaining, never whining about anything, except for their old ladies:).
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