Trek, or writing about living in the Wild

With Pen and Sword

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Every summer since I was thirty years old, I’ve gone with a group of friends (like minded nutters) into the wilderness of the Adirondacks in kit.  Until. 2010, it was always 18th century kit; the period of the American Revolution.  Since 2013, it has always been Medieval kit; the period just exactly four hundred years earlier (1375 to 1400 ish).

Living int he past, and traveling, and camping is a world chock full of compromise.  North America isn’t remotely like Europe in some important ways, and while we can, if we work at it, imagine scenarios in which a handful of hardy companions take boats to travel for seven days, most of those scenarios would play out on pilgrimage son the Rhine, or trips on the Danube, and would often be in much larger boats.  We trekkers use Kevlar boats and we often use other modernities, too; a gravity bag…

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