Walking through the woods, a light breeze rustles the tops of the trees as you slip silently through the old growth forest making your way west. Just down the trail, you come upon an ancient rock shelf that has been blackened by a thousand fires and you realize that you are not the first to pass this way. As you examine the site and make mental note of its location, you hear the soft rustle of leaves just behind you. A grey squirrel searching for nuts for his winter cache? No, the sound was too large. Darting quickly behind an oak that was just a sapling when Lewis and Clark passed this way, your heart races as you lay your eyes upon a handsome bobcat. In your excitement at this chance encounter, your moccasin feet knock a stone loose and it begins to slide to the stream below. The cat stops at this sound and looks right at you in a questioning way, turns and then disappears into the forest behind him. This experience will not soon be forgotten. That night as you sit by the fire describing your encounter to your trekking companions, the fire seems to crackle and pop with the same excitement you feel. A deep sense of satisfaction washes over you as you drift off to sleep, the feeling that you are a true frontiersman.
You have just experienced a taste of what our American forefathers saw as they made their way west, a chance encounter with nature as wild as it was in the mid 1700’s. Frontier Trekking can offer such a glimpse into this as no other experience can. Wearing your FCF outfit as a true frontiersmen, taking only what you can carry, building a new fire with flint and steel each night. Using the skills that you have acquired during trace, rendezvous, and outpost Royal Ranger meetings. No other event can compare to a Frontier Trek.
When many think of Frontier Trekking, the image of a colonial long hunter usually comes to mind. But in the westward expansion of America, the edge of the frontier changed many times. One could portray the Southwestern beaver trapper that took his plews to Santa Fe, or the Rocky Mountain Fur trapper that rendezvoused on the Wind River Range. There is the colonial long hunter that made his way to Cantuckee, and the Coeur deBois of the Old Northwest.
Frontier Trekking can have many looks from many times, but the mission is the same: To find adventure in the company of men and boys as we explore God's creation and recreate a lifestyle of days goneby.
Our goal in FCF when trekking is experimental archeology. Many of the day to day chores and events of the period have been lost to history, and in recapturing that history, we will find adventure! Will you find it with us?