(Mountain Man Monday). You did it. You made me order a copy of The Revenant. I’m a big fan of the movie Jeremiah Johnson as well as the TV series Grizzly Adams. That movie and the show came out in my youth when camping in a canvas tent seemed like great fun. As Boy Scouts we averaged about 5 outdoor tent camp outs a year with one winter camp out in a heated cabin and a week at summer camp. We had very few organized activities aside from a morning and evening flag ceremony and mostly just roamed the woods emulating mountain men we saw on TV. In Southeastern Massachusetts there was more scrub oak and pitch pine than aspen and Bristlecone pine typically found out west in the mountains. Didn’t matter. You find your mountain where you are dammit.
One of you fockers linked this some years back and every once in a while I find the theme song playing in my head
There’s a few more Guy On A Buffalo videos and they’re mercifully short. The concept is funny but there’s only so much funny about a guy on a buffalo once you get past the sheer ridiculousness of it at all.
We used to try and light camp fires using primitive means such as flint and steel. A couple of kids had these flint and steel sets that actually worked under the right conditions.
We ate mostly conventional foods like baloney and cheese, cereal and milk, Pop Tarts, etc but the rule was that dinner had to be hot and cooked on a camp fire. It’s a wonder we didn’t suffer food poisoning. That was before the golden age of beef jerky so we didn’t have jerky or pemmican or hardtack biscuits.
Another thing mountain men seemed to do a lot was meet and greet (feather) Indians. It was really tough to tell whether they’d be friends or enemies in advance on the shows. For the civilization that ruled the country before the white man arrived they sure sucked at fighting the mountain men. Sure, there’d be a ruthless attack where they killed their families or left them with a flesh wound. But in the end, the mountain man would reign supreme over the hills.
UPDATE: I finally figured out wtf Hotspurt and Mare were going on about when they were discussing “LOTM” and it wasn’t Ladies Ovaries That Menstruate (at least I think they weren’t discussing that). Yes, Last Of The Mohicans. I bet the Indians do some actual fighting in that one. A great novel (written by a white man…mais oui!) named James Fenimore Cooper. Great movie but I haven’t seen it in ages. I’ll need to add that to my wish list. Will you people STOP discussing interesting shit? My mind is like a squirrel after spending time here and I feel like I need to jump on the sous vide train too!
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