Pedestrian Campers from 1908
I have already raved about the magnificent “Hikers Handbook” by Thomas Hiram Holding, it is an amazing time capsule of outdoor knowledge. Written in 1908, Hiram was a pioneer of outdoor recreation. While the main focus of the book is on boat and bike travel there is a section on what he calls “pedestrian camping.”
Pedestrian Camping is indeed a delightful past time to those who can walk and love it.
His kit for two people is as follow.
Here, then is a list of articles, with their weights, for two people:–
One tent 2lbs
Set of two tent poles 1lb
Set of pegs (ordinary skewers) 1lb
Oil Stove–”Baby Primus” 1lb 3oz
Aluminium pans–”So-Soon” 1lb 1oz
Two aluminium cups and saucers (plates) 4oz
Two aluminium knife, fork and spoon sets 4oz
Candlestick and candle 2oz
Aluminium box of soap 1oz
The half of this is carried by one hence this must be divided by two,
giving 3lbs. 2-oz.
Share of baggage 3lbs 2oz
Makintosh 1lb 6oz
Air pillow 3oz
Down pillow (a luxury) 1oz
Sleeping stockings (long ones) 6oz
Extra walking socks 4oz
Down Quilt 1lb 10oz
Thin Extra Vest 5oz
Tooth brush, etc., etc. 3oz
Hold-all, with straps (under) 8oz
In addition to this 9lbs, 2oz, there is a towel and also some food, as we always like to keep a small supply. The weight is, I believe, less than that of a military rifle alone. One more word on clothing. Wear a big pair of boots and thick socks, nothing loose around the ankles, and nothing tight anywhere.
A base weight of under 10lbs puts this list firmly in the ultralight category.
17 March 1880 – 16 March 1912
Today marks 100 years since Cpt. Oates passed away, making the ultimate sacrifice to give his companions a better chance of survival. There are few stories as poignant and stirring as that of Cpt. Oates. I think it’s important to give thought to this courageous man.
Captain Lawrence Edward Grace Oates during the British Antarctic Expedition of 1911-1913, ca 1911
Photographer: Herbert Ponting
Reference Number: PA1-f-067-069-1
Silver gelatin print
Photographic Archive, Alexander Turnbull Library
Mawson's Hut, Cape Denison
Sir Douglas Mawson was an Australian geologist, explorer and accedemic during the early 1900s. So much has been written about this great man I do not feel qualified to add any more, but I came across a fascinating site which I wanted to share. At “360 Cities” they have a full 360 view inside Mawson’s hut at Cape Denison. Looking around this preserved piece of history sends shivers up my spine.
It is well worth taking some time exploring this amazing place.
Explore the Main Hut here, Mawsons Room here and Frank Hurley’s Darkroom here
This was the main base used during the 1911-14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition. Where Mawson stumbled back to, alone, after his ill-fated 1912 outing to survey King George V Land. His fellow explorers Xavier Mertz and Lieutenant Belgrave Ninnis had been killed forcing Mawson to walk the last 100 miles solo. Take a moment to pay your respects at Ninnis and Mertz Memorial Cross, Azimuth Hill.
Mawson’s hut is being preserved by the Mawson’s Huts Foundation and the Australian Antarctic Division.