The Fan Hitch Volume 12, Number 1, December 2009

Journal of the Inuit Sled Dog International
In This Issue....

From the Editor 

Fan Mail

In the News

Evolutionary Changes in Domesticated Dogs:
The Broken Covenant of the Wild, Part 4

An Examination of Traditional Knowledge:
The Case of the Inuit Sled Dog, Part 1

Greenland Dogs of the Eiger Glacier

Boss Dogs and Lead Dogs

Tip: Pack Your Parka

IMHO: Two "New" Dogs

Navigating This Site

Index of articles by subject

Index of back issues by volume number

Search The Fan Hitch

Articles to download and print

Ordering Ken MacRury's Thesis

Our comprehensive list of resources

Talk to The Fan Hitch

The Fan Hitch home page

ISDI home page

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The Inuit Sled Dog International

The Inuit Sled Dog International (ISDI) is a consortium of enthusiasts whose goal is the preservation of this ancient arctic breed in its purest form as a working dog. The ISDI's efforts are concentrated on restoring the pure Inuit Dog to its native habitat. The ISDI's coordinators welcome to your comments and questions.

ISDI Coordinator Canada:
Geneviève Montcombroux, Box 206, Inwood, MB R0C 1P0;
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Sue Hamilton, 55 Town Line Road, Harwinton, CT 06791,
Tip for the Trail….

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Pack Your Parka

by Mark Hamilton

I find traveling with a winter parka can often be a challenge. I don't want to wear my parka if I'm in a heated space, so I take it off. The problem is then I have something about half the size of a sleeping bag to carry or, on an airplane, pile on my lap. That raises the question, "Why did I bother to take this thing off?" Have you ever tried to stuff such an item into one of the overhead storage compartments of an aircraft? I guarantee your fellow travelers are going to think less of you for doing so. Here's my solution to the problem:

Lay the fully zipped parka face up on a suitable surface with all snaps,
buttons or velcro fasteners closed. Smooth it so that it’s uniformly flat.

From the point where the hood joins the shoulder
of the parka, fold one side over onto the parka.

Fold the sleeve down parallel to the body of the parka.

Now repeat that folding process with the other side of the parka.

Starting at the bottom hem, tightly roll the parka up upon itself. A down parka
will be somewhat easier to compress in this manner than a fiberfill one.

Once it has been rolled all the way up to the neckline, fit the body of the parka into the hood. Use the drawstrings, velcro or snap closures or a compression strap to secure the hood around the parka to hold it in place.

Happy traveling.
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