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Packing list from king Solomon's Mines
October 29, 2019 02:40PM
For our trip to Africa, we tried to find a few books to read. There were a couple that were really good, including "A Primate's Memoir" by Robert Sapolsky, and "Affluence without Abundance" by James Suzman. Both excellent.

But we also read that classic African adventure novel of the late 1800's, "King Solomon's Mines" by Rider Haggard. It was not excellent, but it did capture some of the colonial perceptions of the British Empire back then. It wasn't a pretty picture. But in the middle of the book, the heroes undertake a long cross-country hike that made us think of backpacking. Except they had a slightly different take on ultralight. In the book, five men start out on the journey cross the desert, each one carrying a load of forty pounds.

Here's the packing list for the group--described as traveling light!

3 express rifles and 200 rounds of ammunition.

2 Winchester rifles and 200 rounds

3 colt revolvers and 60 rounds

5 one gallon water bottles

5 blankets

25 pounds of Biltong (like jerky)

10 pounds mixed beads for trade a selection of medicines and surgical instruments

Knives, compass, matches, pocket filter, tobacco, a trowel and a bottle of brandy

Times have changed...



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Re: Packing list from king Solomon's Mines
November 01, 2019 12:21AM
Nice one!! Great list and fun perspective.
Are you sure they weren't on horses? Mainly because carrying this much of ammunition in those days which is probably not in the form of bullets or cartridges...
Re: Packing list from king Solomon's Mines
November 01, 2019 11:41AM
They were on foot. Makes my feet hurt to think about it ..



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avatar Re: Packing list from king Solomon's Mines
November 02, 2019 11:27AM
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and a bottle of brandy

Just one?
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