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Keep Those Runners Smooth
A thick sludge of mashed moss and earth was applied to the base of the runner, allowed to freeze, and then scraped smooth. Water sprayed from the mouth would then be smoothed on - layer upon layer - with wet polar bear hide (ice does not stick to it). This produced a hard, resistant coat of ice.
The layer of ice would have to be applied often, sometimes several times a day, depending on the distance and terrain to be covered. The route through the rough ice had to be carefully chosen as well, otherwise the hard blows would chip the coating off.
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