Planning an Expedition in the 21st Century

By: Connor, Heather, Andrew and Jon

Our wiki is about planning and completing an expedition using modern day technology. One of the most important vehicles to bring along a trip like this would be a 4x4 all-wheel drive truck because it is very useful and is multifunctional. Boats would be the next most important vehicle to bring, because you would need boats because just like Lewis and Clark you would be crossing rivers.
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  • Start with a high powered boat that could idle for a long time.
  • It needs to be a boat that works in thick, thin and shallow water.
  • A house boat may also be use full but is not a must have because it is just a fancier version of the boat you would already have.
  • Inflatable kayaks are great to bring along to get to places that a boat cant reach.
  • Bringing chairs, tables, lanterns, tents, sleeping bags, and air mattresses are essential.
  • Outdoor clothing must be brought too, anything from polo's to winter jackets, you never know what you'll need.
  • Bring at least one high powered pick-up truck is a necessity because of the need for high towing power need to pull the boat and hold all of the gear.
  • A slide out camper (one that attaches to the truck) would also be good to bring on the trip because it can sleep 3-4 people and so it acts as a tent.
  • Bringing ATV's would also be a good idea but you would need at least one other truck to be able to tow the ATV's, of course you'll need people that can drive the trucks too.
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One of the Stearns inflatable kayaks
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Kawasaki ATVs served as our modern-day pack mules.

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The Lewis and Clark map of travel

Equipment List - What to Bring

The following are items you should bring to Montana regardless of the season:
  • Polar Fleece hat, wool cap and a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Polarized sunglasses.
  • Gloves or mittens.
  • Good rain gear.
  • A warm jacket even in July.
  • A pair of long underwear. These are essential in spring and fall
  • Bring a pillow and towels.
  • Socks. My feet are always cold. Polar fleece socks, wool socks, silk socks what ever it takes for warm feet.
  • Shorts or a swim suit.
  • Chest waders. Chest waders with a raincoat will keep you completely dry.
  • Bring a camera, binoculars, sun screen and insect repellent.
  • Two long and two short sleeved shirts.
  • One pair of dry shoes for around the camp.
  • Warm sleeping bag.
  • A small pillow.
  • A soft bag or duffel bag up to 12" around or loosely packed so that it can be stuffed into our dry bags.
  • Day pack for gear you might need on the river.
  • Fishing gear. The most versatile rod you can in Montana is a 9ft. six weight fast action rod. If you'd like to bring more rods no problem.
  • Spirits.
  • Small flashlight.
  • 2 heavy trash bags for wet clothes.
  • Polar fleece sweat shirt or wool sweater.
  • Tent
  • Cell phones (for emergencies)
  • GPS
  • Buck\Deer caller
  • Leatherman multi-tool
  • Gun and pellets (good for killing pests and getting food)
  • Cooking utensils
  • Lanterns and flashlights
On the Expedition you would also want to bring some medication in case some one gets sick

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