18TH CENTURY LIVING HISTORY, HISTORICAL TREKKING, AND LONG TERM SURVIVAL.
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18TH CENTURY LIVING HISTORY IN AUSTRALIA.
Sunday, 12 August 2012
How much do you think you NEED to carry?
posted this same list a while back in a survival forum & recieved
no response. This could only be because no one thought the post of any
interest or use. For those of us who try hard to interpret the life
of our chosen persona, especially if that persona is a woodsman or
woodswoman, then this list could be important. When we talk about life
in the New World, we are talking SURVIVAL. Real survival. Surviving not
only the hazzards that nature can place before us, but also the hazzards
of enemy raids, & house invasion. If you relate this to a modern
SHTF survival situation you will see the simularity. Now this list,
food wise, is for 24 people for just 40 days, just over a month. This is
a winter trek but some game will be hunted along the way. A lot of
people carry survival foods/trail foods, but just how long will these
food supplies last? I think for those of us who are also into long
term wilderness survival, it may pay to look at this list & re
evaluate your thoughts on just how much food (and other gear) you may
need to carry.
Supplies for 24 Abenakis and Iroquois who have joined our party: 24 pounds of gunpowder in one bag of half an ell 48 pounds of lead and ball in one bag of one eighth of an ell 24 butcher knives 24 flint and steel and tinderbox with tinder 24 worms 24 awls 100 musket flints 15 pairs of snowshoes 10 tomahawks 5 large axes 24 deerskins weighing 65 pounds 6 toboggans 100 arrow heads 6 stone pipes 8 ells of mazamet in 24 pairs of mittens 3 crib blankets for shoe liners 24 pounds of tobacco 2 pounds of vermilion 2 muskets 1 kettle weighing nine and a half pounds 500 pounds of whole wheat flour in 24 bags of one quarter of an ell 4 small files 5 bushels of corn meal in 12 bags of one quarter of an ell 2 bushels of peas in 8 bags of one quarter of an ell 50 pounds of grease in 5 kegs 150 pounds of salt pork and 300 pounds of hardtack in 8 bags 48 pounds of beef 72 pounds of bread 1 pot of cheap rum Reference (7). (Taken from "The New World Woodsman, his clothing, tools & accoutrements." By Keith H. Burgess ).