-- Last Updated: Mar-20-13 12:07 AM EST --
I drive cross country from central Missouri to Lander, Wyoming; the home base of the National Outdoor Leadership School.I am enrolled in the 21 day Outdoor Educators Course.We'll spend the 21 days of our course in the Big Horn mountains of Wyoming.
We spend our first day being outfitted with clothes, boots,gainters, rain suits, tents, tarps, rainfly, a small library of books, first aid kits, food, cooking utensils, Sierra cup, canteens,compass, notebook & pencil, ropes, caribiners, nylon webbing,climbing chocks, helmets, ice axes, figure 8s, maps, sleeping bags, and assorted misc. gear.
I weigh my pack; it is 78 lbs w/o any personal items I will be allowed to carry.
We are carrying a lighter load of food than we'll be carrying after we're resupplied with food after our first 11 days in the mountains. Bigger appetites after acclimatation to altitude. They'll pack the food in to us on burros.
We are going to practice minimum impact camping.
About the paper: We get one (1) roll of TP per food group of 3 to 4 students. That one roll must last 3 to 4 people for 11 days!
If you want a challenge; limit yourself to just one roll of toilet paper for 11 days.You don't even have to share it with 2 or 3 others. This neccesitates experimentation, conservation, and adaptation. You will examine moss, bark, leaves, grasses, and other such "possibilities" more closely than you ever have before..........