Posted by Dana S. on November 01, 1999 at 09:39:04:
In Reply to: Re: Dear Mohicanland Trekker posted by Clabert on November 01, 1999 at 08:50:27:
: : : : : : : 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?
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: : : : : : 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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: : : : : 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
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: : : : Hi, Clabert! First, let me thank you for taking the time to answer my questions! I appreciate your effort. Yes I would love to go on a trek!!!! I live in Indiana (Northwest Territory). I have just recently learned of trekking, and attended my first re-enactment at the Feast of the Hunter's Moon a few weeks ago. I checked out a lot of the clothing and such at the Feast, but it was all a little overwhelming. If you could recommend some reading or know of anyone in this area who does trekking, that would be a great help to me. I understand that a good deal of prep. goes into all of this kind of thing and I respect that. I wouldn't want to impose on anyone, especially if I hadn't put forth any effort to at least develope an understanding of what trekking is all about. Collecting the proper clothing sounds like quite a fun project, especially if I knew I was actually going to "need" it.
: : : : Sorry to hear about your muffins! That Doc M sure can go on, can't she?
: : : : Thanks again for your time!
: : : : Dana S.
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: : : I`ll try to work up a list when I can. For starters try www.ottmagazine.com This is the site for "On The Trail" Magazine and there is a list you can get on from there. We are all on it and it the best place to get all your questions answered. There are a lot of Coalition of Historical Trekkers members on this list and if you ask for anyone from Indiana, they will speak up and you can go from there. We are always looking for new members and there is aways talk of treks from all over on this list.
: : : Clabert
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: : Clabert, don't worry too much about a list. What you've given me here looks like enough to get me started. I've popped in on the site you mentioned a couple of times...I just didn't know my way around. Thanks for the tips.
: : Enjoyed your response to Jayne. It's hard to imagine surviving of pocket soup after walking all day!
: : Dana S.
: : PS Don't be a stranger!
: Like you mentioned before. Most, but not all treks, are planned way in advance. I started doing something years before Mark Baker started talking about it and that is, about two weeks before, I start slowing down on what I eat. That cause`s my stomach to shrink and I fill up more quick, on less. So I don`t feel hungry. I don`t eat the bouillon cubes just as soup. I add them to the rice and lentels for flavor. On some spur of the moment treks I`ve grabbed summer sausage and hard cheese and a loaf of French bread in place of the rice, beans and jerky.
Wow! You shrink your stomach just for fun? You may be on to the latest diet craze! "Trek Your Way to a Slimmer You"... "If You Can't Aim, You Don't Eat!... What could be more simple?
Thanks so much for your time, Clabert. I could go on and on with questions. This is very fasinating. The ACCURACY aspect of trekking is what intrigues me the most. I will enjoy studying this. I am ordering a sample issue of OTT. I'm sure I will enjoy it.
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