I'm in SW Michigan - would definitely be up for some trekking if you should make it up this way. Grew up backpacking, skiing, climbing, canoeing and kayaking, but all with nylon and gore-tex. Been making my own gear lately and love it;. It makes for a very different experience!I live in Arizona but love the F&I War. Not much trekking of that sort here, on foot or canoe. However, would be nice to visit places like Michigan etc. for treks.
I'm guessing your question was directed to Bnewberry, but I'll chime in as well.
As for me, I got off on the wrong foot from the get go when I started in with a Beck style pennsylvania rifle adorned with german silver furniture (which wasn't invented until 1834)... so there's plenty of period incorrectness with me. But... most of my stuff since then would be suitable for the F&I to rev war era. I really like making my own goods (haven't yet built a firearm) though; have tanned all my own leather from our own cows from mocs to belt and shooting bag, made my own axe and knife, turnscrew, striker, and a lot of other stuff I'm forgetting. Am aware of and strive to meet AMM standards in clothing, but I'm not yet fully outfitted. My loosely defined persona is that of a german farmer ancestor from the Lancaster County area, who fought in the F&I. Trekking kit isn't fully filled out yet (mostly lacking a period correct tarp) but would be if I had an event in mind. Suffice it to say I'm not a super stickler for period correctness simply because I'm constantly learning about my past mistakes, but do my best as I learn and try to improve as I go. When I do make something, I personally refuse to use any modern synthetic materials, whether I think I could get away with hiding that fact or not. I'm in it to learn how to make and use the traditional materials as much as the techniques. Been thinking of making a packframe, but actual historical styles are difficult to document. For now it's all carried over the shoulders (bedroll mostly) and in a large haversack.
yeah it seems that for historical events and clubs/groups you all in the East and North East are better off, but for trekking we’re better off out here.You're definitely in a better spot in terms of public land. I spent most of my life in Washington, which was similar. Southern MI is decidedly lacking that way!