A PIECE OF HISTORY - THE ORIGINAL MUSK-OX PARKA
The original Musk Ox Parka is designed by the famous polar hunter Mogens Graae. Mogens Graae lived as a fur hunter in the harsh Noorth East Greenland from 1946-48. Polar Hunters lived mostly alone and isolated with their dogs in very harsh conditions one year at the time. Their clothing and gear was very primitive. After his return Mogens Graae started to invent and make things, which could improve hunter’s and explorers conditions. He especially had the Sirius patrol in mind when developing the Arctic Parka Coat. The Sirius Patrol started around 1950. The Patrol operated under climatically extreme conditions in the harsh Northeast Greenland, where right equipment and clothing is vital. Around 1960, the Arctic Parka Coat we know today was finalized.The Musk Ox Parka is made of products of highest quality, and the processing is thought through most carefully. Today you see Musk Ox parka coats, more than 40 years old yet still fuctional.
Foreign Artic Explorers also benefitted from Mogens Graaes experience and creativity.
Under an English Expedition in 1958 led by Sir Edmond Hilary on the island South Georgia on the Antarktis one of the explorers’ dog sleighs fell into a deep glacier crevice. To the big surprise for the explorers the dog sleigh was found intact on the bottom of the glacier crevice, and very important gear was recovered.
The dog sleigh was developed and produced by Mogens Graae, and Hilary and his crew was so great full after the incident, that they told the authorities in London about it, and the glacier was named after Mogens Graae. Today the name of the Glacier is Graaes Glacier.
HOLLOW FIBER SLEEPING BAG
Mogens Graae, developed and manufactured many things to the Sirius Patrol and Arctic expeditions through the years. Among those things a tent and a sleeping bag which were of vital importance. Especially if you were on a field trip with your dogs and were surprised by a storm.
The first survival sleeping bag was made of caribou skin with canvas cover. It was efficient and warm but it weighed pretty much. Mogens Graae was informed that the U.S. space department had experimented with some synthetic fibers, which were hollow. They provided a great isolation, and at the same time weighed very little. The fibers were very expensive, but only the best was good enough for the Sirius Patrol, so it did not take long before the first survival sleeping bags with ”Hollow Fibers” was delivered to the patrol.
Tents had been a problem for a long time since they were hard to get to stand firm in stormy weather. Mogens Graae, who was also a tent manufacturer, had on his travels abroad seen the first fiberglass poles. However, they were very stiff and difficult to work with. After some research, he managed to find a German manufacturer who could make very pliable and flexible rods. The idea was that the tent through its bendable and flexible rods could sway with the wind and gusts. The first “new” survival tents were then designed and constructed.
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