Photos in this gallery were taken at an expedition that took place on 30-31th of January 2010. Once again, the idea of the trip came up from the enthusiasts of historical reconstruction from precincts of Toruń. This time, rather than walking long distances, we paid a great deal of our attention to how our garments react to winter time and deal with temperatures below zero and big amounts of snow. Certainly, as always in this kind of projects, proper and historically consistent clothing was obligatory.
We gathered on an early Saturday morning at Bierzgłowski Castle, we changed our clothes and set off. Each member of the marching expedition was obliged to have all the things that they wanted to use at any time of the trip. A significant part of the route was through the woods - with chill and dampness all over. However, when we entered an open field, we encountered high snowdrifts that reached our hips. The conditions were tough which caused the situation where travelling relatively short distance took a lot of time and energy. When we got back to the castle in the late afternoon, our first command was to rest :). After gathering the strength once again, we set the bonfire on which we made ourselves a hot meal and then moved to putting the tent up. Most of the participants slept in a booked castle chamber, however, four lunatics decided to sleep outside in the tent and one of them even slept under the sky aside the bonfire (while it was minus 10 Celsius degrees outside). And do not worry - they are still alive. :)
We tested shoes patents the most. Here are the conclusions:
- simple leather shoes are perfectly suitable for this kind of weather on the condition that they are preserved well (they got soaked only after entering a warm chamber when the snow melted),
- footwraps (shoes were wrapped with a strap of thick wool) would be a great idea if there could be a method of wrapping that would not make the footwraps unwrap :),
- crampons - after finding a sufficient way to lacing them to shoes, they worked perfectly on snow
- leather pattens with cuts on the sole - they worked fine as well