Trekking

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  1. Mar 12, 2019 #1

    Shot deer

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    What time period do you all usually go with when trekking?
    What equipment do you use? What distance, and how many people? All stories welcome!
     
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    Le Loup

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    Our group & my personal study period is 1680 to 1760. People living in the mid 18th century are quite likely to be carrying items from an earlier period.
    My equipment is based on long term wilderness living, the equipment that you could expect a woodsrunner to be carrying when exploring far from home or looking for a place to settle. For other shorter term scenarios I may remove certain items to lighten the pack especially as I am getting older now. After all these years I am about to make further changes to my equipment, this includes: cutting down the height of my brass kettle to a documented size. Exchanging my glass saddle flasks for a gourd water bottle, & exchanging my whetting stone for a smaller lighter one.
    I have never measured distance, only time. My treks have varied from a week or more to a couple of days. Mostly I trek in winter, my favourite time of the year.
    Number of people have varied from 6 to just going alone. I prefer to go alone.
    NEW EQUIPMENT LIST. REVIEWING.

    My Equipment List.

    .62 cal/20 gauge flintlock fusil. 42 inch barrel.

    .70 caliber smoothbore flintlock pistol.

    Gun tools and spare lock parts.

    Shot pouch and contents.

    Leather drawstring pouch of .60 caliber ball (in knapsack).

    Powder horn.

    Ball mould and swan shot mould.

    5 Gunpowder wallets

    Lead ladle.

    Butcher/Hunting knife.

    Legging knife.

    Clasp knife.

    Tomahawk.

    Fire bag.

    Tinderbox.

    Belt pouch.

    Fishing tackle in brass container.

    Two brass wire snares.

    Roll of brass snare wire.

    Knapsack.

    Tin Cup.

    Kettle.

    Water filter bags (cotton & linen bags).

    Medical pouch.

    Housewife.

    Piece of soap and a broken ivory comb.

    Dried foods in bags.

    Wooden spoon.

    Compass.

    Whet stone.

    Small metal file.

    Oilcloth.

    One blanket (Monmouth cap, spare wool waistcoat and wool shirt rolled inside blanket).

    Gourd water bottle.

    Bottle of rum.


    IMPROVEMENTS:

    1) Lighter whetstone.

    2) Gourd water bottle waxed.

    3) Cut down brass kettle to documented size.
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    Keith.
     
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    tenngun

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    I have three outfits I can swap some gear back and forth in. 1820-30, 1770-80, 1750-60. So it’s what I want to do that time.
     
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    Shot deer

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    Wow, I don't think your missing a thing!

    And what size would your powder horn be?
    And your medical pouch, I don't suppose that it would be historical (as much as possible), besides stuff you really need that is of modern?
     
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    Shot deer

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    What (persona?) do each of your outfits protray?
     
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    1760sh parents were Scots immigrants, born about 1700, fished abit as a young man, bought a farm in Virgina raised corn and ran poor whiskey. Married, but wife never birthed. She passed on and I sold farm. Now I trade a bit, squat on some land and run some whisky for sales. But since she’s been gone I’ve not lighted anywhere.
    1770-80s mostly the same. Settled near Nashville, or what would become Nashville Tennessee run stuff down to the Tennessee River then on to the Mississippi to sell. Have snuck cross the river in to Spanish lands. Trade for deer skins, avoid the Dons.
    1820s after the revolution followed the Frontier. Came into the ozarks about thirty years ago. traded with the Osage, deer hunted,made some of the creature. Now getting up in years, so investing in Santa Fe trade, and planning to travel with one of the trains going there. Ol’Lady says I’m too long in the tooth to make such a journey. Humph says I,I can work along side a young buck. I spect I would like to see some of them Spanish lands. Might make me enough to try buying a store, Osage city ain’t far away I might put in a place near them if the Santa Fe thing pays off.
     
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    Shot deer

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    Those are some cool personas!
     
  8. Mar 13, 2019 #8

    Loyalist Dave

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    It's either 1770 and I'm out hunting, while the wife tends the "ordinary", or it's 1754 and I'm one of the several hundred volunteer, Maryland Rangers assigned to patrol the frontier.
    I carry my .54 rifle or my issued LLP Bess.
    No uniform for either.
    My gear I use a tumpline with a blanket and a pouch for the small stuff.
    If in a group we try to keep it to pairs, four is good.
    Distance, sometimes it's short and more like camping, and sometimes it's several miles, not counting side trips to scout around areas.
    I want to take a look at the Dolly Sods area of the Monongahela National Forest (PA), and also to look at the George Washington National Forest in VA down by James Madison U...(makes for easier parking since I know a guy who lives right next to the forest there ;))

    LD
     
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    I'm pretty sure both the Moningahela NF and Dolly Sods Wilderness are both in West Virginia;)
     
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    Loyalist Dave

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    DUH....:oops: Well...THAT would explain why I've had such a hard time finding them South of Pittsburg..., I didn't go far enough South. :rolleyes:

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    Shot deer

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    Haha that's halarious :)
     
  12. Mar 15, 2019 at 4:59 PM #12

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    Dave, I have been in both areas you mention vast areas of wilderness especially DOLLY SODS, There are many small springs in both areas and lots of space to wander be sure to get a topo. map and brush up on your navigation skills, especially if you plan to get far off the beaten paths. We trout fish in these areas I have never gone on a trek there but in the spring they are beautiful places to visit.
     
  13. Mar 18, 2019 at 2:14 PM #13

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    Way ahead of ya! :D
    Yeah the USMC pounded land navigation into me in 1985. The youngsters where I work are sooo used to GPS, they react to me using a street map or a topo map and "orienting" it to where I'm standing and the direction that I'm facing as though I was Indian Jones, having just found The Well of Souls. :confused: :D

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    Heard that your big brother, the U.S.N., is starting to teach celestial navigation again, in case sat nav is somehow taken out.
     
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    I was trying to figure out how it moved to PA :)

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