Re: Dear Mohicanland Trekker

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Posted by Jayne on October 31, 1999 at 14:48:50:

In Reply to: Re: Dear Mohicanland Trekker posted by Clabert on October 31, 1999 at 00:37:14:

: : : : : Thanks for that info, Christie. Sounds like something my Mark would like for Christmas. I'll be checking it out.

: : : : : MMMMarcia

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: : : : Christie,

: : : : Sounds like something I would like for Christmas, too!

: : : : Thanks,
: : : : Dana
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: : : I don`t know about Champ, but Mohicanland Trekker yours truely has been reading S&F for years. They put out a darn good sutlers catalog also.

: : : Clabert

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: : Dear Clabert,

: : I have a question about historical trekking. I can't read a James Thom novel without wondering what it would be like to journey about the frontier like George Rogers Clark. Historical trekking is obviously a way to experience such a lifestyle first hand. The problem is there are no women personas that allow for women to take part in the "outdoors" aspect. Or are there? In other words, does a woman have to stick to " the women's stuff" (which I also find very interesting), or is backpacking as close as I'm going to get to the frontier experience? Do any trekkers ever do "one time only" treks for the curious, but not dedicated, greenhorn?

: :
: : BTW, your ears haven't been burning lately, have they?

: : Dana S.
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: Dana,
: There are some personas of women going out and dressing and doing what the men did while on a trek. Research has come up with about 5 or 6 that did. BUT, never fear. Most any group will let a woman trek along with them as long as they are in costume and have no trouble walking and carrying your bedroll and food.(my gear weighs less then 20 lbs) My wife does not trek but my kids do and my 12 year old daughter wants to start dressing in leggings and breechclout. My 17 year old son has always dressed this way. Not all treks are of the war like nature. We have taken a whole family out and looked for edible and medicinal plants. Once we even had to bring a few girls and women from point A to point B after taking them back from the Natives. All they had were the cloths on their back. We had to pull all our food, extra cloths and blankets together to get them thru the weekend.
: I have turned down no woman who showed she truely could handle herself on a trek and I know a few who are better then any man I know. Most families have enough extra cloths for one more person. I even have a couple extra muskets. Where do you live? Do you have any 18th century cloths? Would you like to go on a trek? Maybe I can steer you in the right direction.

: Yes, my ears have been burning. And my muffin is a bit over done also.

: Clabert
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: P.S.
: We were asked to talk to a backpacking club in Houston and it blew them away that we could be as comfortable with our 20 lbs of 18th century gear compared to their 70 lbs of "lite" gear.

: Clabert

Hi, Clabert.

I am a backpacker and you caught my attention with your comments about talking to a BP club. I started to think about the weight difference (I can be comfortable for 3 to 4 days with about 30 to 35 lbs). You probably don't take a tent or sleeping pad. How about water if you're in the backcountry and need to purify water? A filter sure adds some weight. And since we use fires less often due to environmental reasons there's the weight of a BP stove and fuel. (I would guess you use fires to be authentic.) I'd love to hear about what food you take. I normally take only one change of clothes. Do you get by with just the clothes "on your back"? I'd love to hear more about what you include in your 20 lbs. Maybe I could get some ideas for my next trip!

Thanks, Jayne

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