A little history ? I found it interesting. Maybe you will too enjoy.
Lewis and Clark are among the most fabled explorers in American history, and their role in opening up the West both literally and politically shaped the country. National Geographic has an amazing website devoted to their expedition, and among the tidbits of interest is the gear list. You can find that here. - See more at: EDC History: Lewis and Clark?s Gear List | AllOutdoor.com
The Gear Breakdown
There are a lot of interesting items on the list. They took 25 hatchets with them, which basically meant half the group had a hatchet. They also took 24 "large knives," hopefully outfitting the rest of the group. The clothing is pretty easy to understand-lots and lots of wool. Wool pants. Wool shirts. Wool overalls. They also took with them lots and lots of stuff to do field repairs and upgrades. There were flints for rifles, lead sheets for bullets, lots of needles and thread. They took a lot of instruments as well, including a device for measuring longitude that was more than 10% of their budget. Finally, there were two horses for 57 people. Only two of the names are household names today, making it easy to figure out who got the horses and who had to hoof it.
- See more at: EDC History: Lewis and Clark?s Gear List | AllOutdoor.com