The beginning of mummies

I am rereading Dick Turners book Nahanni, one of the inspirations for my own backpacking and packrafting trip down this marvelous World Heritage river in Canadas Northwest Territories. Dick Turner came into the area 1930 and spent the rest of his life there, trapping, trading, boating, flying. Anything that could support him and his growing family. It is a great story about those days. It also mentions in passing something that has evolved a lot since then, making the nights warmer for all outdoor people.
Packrafting the Rock Gardens of the South Nahanni River
By Jörgen Johansson

One of Dick Turners first ambitions was to get out of his blankets and into a Woods Threestar Eiderdown. I searched the web and found one of the forerunners, if not the foremost forerunner, of the modern mummy sleeping bag.

"Eiderdowns" are often mentioned in stories like Dick's, from northern Canada and Alaska in the early 1900's. I found out that they probably never contained true eiderdown. That and a lot more can be found in this excellent writeup on the Woods Threestar.


If you want to know more about my own foray into that huge wilderness you can read about it on my blog here, starting here.

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