Winter Travel

Traveling throughout the city in winter is not unlike the rest of the year except for having to dress very warmly, in breatheable fabrics for the traveller and extra blankets for passengers. Walking and bicycling are possible all year round. In cases of heavy snowfall, skis and snowshoes are recommended. For transporting cargo or passengers, sleds or trailers must be built to be attachable to a bicycle or traveller’s waist by harness.


Some found materials can make excellent snow walking aids, including squash rackets and PVC piping. If using squash rackets, remove strings and re-thread using thicker string like plastic rope (that won’t stretch) or strips of hide. Alternately, line the existing strings with a sheet of plastic (like from tarp, tents or raincoats) cut to shape, and this will be the underside of the snowshoe. Attach a toe hold and it’s ready. If using PVC piping, carefully heat the pipe to bend to the shape below, and stitch a liner of plastic (tarp, etc) plus a toe hold.

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1 comment:

Jack Sellers said...

short distances could be done with boots, snowshoes or cross country skies or pull sled.
Pending on terrain, snow and or ice.
When temperatures go below -30 its best to stay at home and keep a fire going.
Summer is busy with stocking wood and gathering and storing food. Water can be hauled by sled from hole in ice or melted from freshly shoveled snow.
Travel light by leaving caches for the trip back, or store emergency caches in the summer that can be easily accessed in winter.
Cooking in the winter attracts hungry animals. People and wild dogs will be a real threat if the system crashes.