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��afforded by the toboggan the light outfit may be augmented, and the comfort con- sequently increased, by the addition of

���With Its awning and head room

the Baker is very comfortable •>.-,,

I robe about 6 by 6 ft. ; i tarpaulin ; wall tent, 7 by 7 ft. to 8 by lo ft.; i cross-cut saw, 43^ or 5 ft.; i axe 3^^ or 4 lb., full handle; collapsible box stove about 12 by 12 by 24 in., with pipes, and bottom- hinged end door.

Sleeping bags are good if made right, but with tarpaulin on the brush of the bed, one pair of blankets under- neath and two pair over, with the robe covering all, you have a combination equal to most bags, without their high cost.

See that the tent is fitted with a stovepipe ring just in- side the door. Remember that most tenting materials are very inflammable. The so-called balloon silk burns without smoke, smell or flame. The silk fabrics and mixtures are ideal for lightness and im- perviousness to moisture. A box style camp stove is better than one fitted with an oven in that the former is all fire- box. Have the door nearly the full size of the end and hinged at the bottom. On this door, propped up at the correct angle, a fry pan of dough may be baked.

In supplying the demand of a winter camp for a bountiful supply of wood the

��cross-cut saw is a great labor saver. Protect the teeth with the grooved strip which came with the saw from the hardware store, and lay it flat on the bot- tom of the toboggan. The handles may be pushed into the end of the blanket pack. The provision list for a winter trip will be practically the same as for summer, with perhaps an increase in the heat produc- ing fats and sweets — bacon and sugar. It is impossible, of course, to carry any canned fruits or vegetables. Modern dehydrators have made available a great va- riety of vegetable food, and there is a milk powder which makes a passable parody on the natural ^-_ article.

- " ■■ J Should the trip be but

- ,- ^^' a short one, hunger may

be satisfied with sand- wiches and other substitutes for real food, and the treat of camp bread, called in the Canadian West "Bannock" will be missed. It consists of flour, baking powder, a little salt, sugar and shortening mixed with water to as thin a dough as can be kneaded with the hands into a 3^ or %-\n. disk, the size of the pan. It is then baked before an open fire. Any or all of these ingredients, except the

���The fly tent is simplest but requires more time to pitch. It is a tarpaulin fastened to a slanting frame of poles

flour and water, may be omitted and the resultant Bannock still be very palatable. Be sure to have sufficient food for the trip, but not an over supply to make the load too heavy to carry comfortably.

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