Preparing for a Modern-Day Lewis and Clark Expedition

The original journey of Lewis and Clark, back in 1804 would have been a huge undertaking and took a year of preparation. The initial venture challenged them to find a passage from the Missouri River to the Pacific. If you wish to follow in their footsteps, you must build up your stamina and endurance. There will be elements of canoeing, hiking, and navigating rough terrain. Strength and cardiovascular fitness will be necessary. Mental toughness will also play a part.

Developing a Fitness Plan

Before starting your intense fitness regime, you must be dressed appropriately, and a well-fitted sports bra is highly recommended. The seamless sports bra from Aim’n would be ideal, as it offers both support and comfort. Running, cycling and swimming should be included in your endurance training, to ensure you can cope with the demands of the expedition. Bodyweight exercises will build the necessary strength for carrying the equipment.

The original journey was over eight thousand miles, and took 28 months. Rather than recreating the whole expedition, focusing on just one area may be more sensible. This will still require a huge amount of planning but could be a more realistic option.

Follow in the footsteps of Lewis & Clark

History enthusiasts who want to find out more about the Lewis & Clark Expedition should make sure they add the Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum to their list of places to visit. Located in St Charles, Missouri, this museum is home to all manner of artefacts about the expedition. Staffed by re-enactors, there are regular demonstrations at the museum designed to teach visitors about every aspect of their life and work.

The museum is suitable for people who have a mobility issue or who have undergone recent surgery such as elective cosmetic surgery. Visitors can access the second floor of the building via an elevator, which makes it easier for those who need to be careful after having implants such as the Motiva Ergonomix and need to take it easy.

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One of the main attractions at the museum is the replica boats, which were painstakingly built by volunteers. However, occasionally the boats are pressed into service for re-enactments and they have appeared on TV shows. Visitors to the museum can also learn more about Native American culture and local wildlife. Why not join one of the guided tours where you can ask questions as you view the exhibits?