The sun had just come up over the horizon as I stood on this ridge overlooking the rugged badlands bordering the Red Deer river valley approximately 50 kilometers southeast of Drumheller Alberta.
Although the wind was blowing, the temperature was above the freezing mark, allowing me to go bare handed, and wear my slouch hat instead of winter gear, making for a pleasant time while out and about.
I had driven out from Calgary to chase after sharp-tailed grouse, and in this photo, I had just flushed one from the ravine located just in front of me.
As he flew, I had paid attention as to where it had landed, and I was contemplating whether or not I should work my way around to the coulee the sharp-tail had landed in, coming in up-wind to see if I could get the jump on him.
It was just over an hour since leaving my truck parked about a kilometer away on a access road to a gas well up on the grasslands bordering these badlands, and I had been anxious to get moving to test out another piece of gear I had just acquired, that being the haversack you see slung over my shoulder.
I have owned a war surplus haversack for years, one that my daughter had purchased from Crown Surplus, and she had left it behind when she moved away from home, so I began to use it as my own.
Recently I realized that as much as I liked it, there were short comings with it, and I began looking for a replacement. Of course part of the reason why I wanted a new one, was the fact that while I'm bow hunting, and using a back quiver, it makes it difficult to use a daypack, so I felt that a haversack was what was needed, and this proved true when I went out several time with my old one, but saw the need for a upscale model.
After doing research, I found the havesack you see here, that is hand sewn by Malcolm who owns "The Hidden Woodsman" located in the state of Maine.
You have to be impressed, I know I was, to find such a quality item being offered for sale, that is being sewed up one at a time by the owner of this small home business. In fact there is a photo of Malcolm sitting at his sewing machine and sewing up a haversack.
The haversack he offers as seen here has a lot of extras as standard, a few worth mentioning....grab handle, Velcro strap keepers, hatchet loop, double walled, inside pocket, outside zippered pocket, Molle webbing on both ends, stress-points reinforced, adjustable shoulder strap, 1000d construction with 500d and orange 420d liners, inner Velcro flaps to keep the contents in place, the list goes on.
Another thing I like is the fact that the haversack is narrower than it is tall, again making it easier to carry when compared to my old haversack that doesn't carry as easy, as the extra width requires more effort when filling it to make the bag conform to the body.
I have to say I spent a wonderful morning out hiking the grasslands bordering these badlands, and at one point I stopped for lunch, having brought it along with me. I was impressed as to how much stuff I managed to carry in the haversack, and because of the extra wide carry strap, the haversack proved to be an easy carry over the course of the morning.
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