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Wilderness Survival Short Story Part 2: Planning for the Journey
Making a plan
Planning for a Journey into the wilderness was no easy or short task. A better part of a years time went by making phone calls to real estate agents, yard sales were a weekly event for a long time. This wasn't including getting gear and supplies together. Family members were told and the reaction was the same from everyone. "Your both Crazy!!"
Long journey hikes were a regular routine checking areas for water and getting the feel for the country side that was a speculation of sorts, and besides it didn't hurt to keep a regular routine of keeping in condition for rugged living.
Jared studied the ways of the past since he as a youngster but some brief thought was put into wilderness training courses. The thought quickly left though as anticipation grew for the quest of simple living.
Finally the location was settled on. The Adirondack country was what Jared and Madeline were both used to so it was an easier decision than first thought. Besides they both were thinking to most they would be like ants compared to the vast open Adirondack region.
Basics were planned on being brought. Whatever could be carried in two good sized packs and and one side bag that Jared would carry. The list went something like this.
Two one pound bags of rice. A copper water boiler. Two canteens and two gourd cups to be attached to the belt. One large camp knife carried on the belt of jarred. Two smaller sized knives one being a blade of five inches the other at about 4 inches. One of the smaller blades to be the shape of an old butcher knife, the other a spear drop point. Both of carbon steel. A sharpening stone wouldn't be carried as a river rock would be used. Two Ferro rods and an and old style fire steel along with black English flint and some charred cloth. A compass and a map. A basic med kit. A large spool of jute cord and leather lace. Two plastic ponchos. One change of extra clothes carried in each pack. Both would carry one traditional Capote made of wool for cold weather. and one pair of wool lined mittens as well as wool socks. Two wool blankets and a ground cloth.
No Tent would be brought, no fire arm. Everything else would be provided by nature was the plan. Hunting and trapping for food, building shelter and gathering would be done as it was many years ago. The initial rice brought would be used only if needed when live game was sparse on non existent.
A 2 part short story by: Matt Lesniewski