Project Josiah Restoration Ministry and The Citadel are proud to sponsor the 175-Mile PTSD River Challenge


Goals of the 175-Mile PTSD River Challenge

Increased awareness of 22 suicides committed each day by Combat Veterans as a result of PTSD

Safety:  Great efforts are being implemented to insure the safety of Kayakers and support team

Fun and Fellowship among Combat Veterans, with 22Kayakers and 2 or more alternates

Raise money and publicity for Project Josiah Restoration Ministry

Preparation for trip:

  • Leave No Trace Learning / 
  • Leave No Trace Video
  • Flat Water Kayak Fundamentals
  • Camping Essentials

Equipment each Kayaker will need to provide:

(Assistance with acquisition of these items may be available)

  • Personal Flotation Device (Required by SCDNR)
  • How to choose a PFD
  • Whistle (Should attach to PFD)
  • Fox 40 Whistle
  • Paddling gloves TWO pairs
  • #1 infection in the wild starts @ a blister
  • Sponge & Bilge pump & Throw Line
  • Sponge
  • Bilge Pump
  • Dry Bag (various sizes-nobody likes wet stuff!) Suggest various sizes 5L, 10L, 20L
  • Dry bag/compression sack
  • Camp Stove-cook food/sterilize water
  • Bio-Lite
  • Esbit Pocket Stove
  • PJRM will provide fresh water. Bring your own 1 liter re-usable water bottle.
  • Water Filtration Kit (Video) If you want to drink non-potable water see video
  • Berkey
  • Katadyn
  • Cooking/Eating Cup
  • Cookware/Cup
  • I use titanium, have the cup only, but would like this set.
  • Utensils
  • Multi-Use tool
  • First Aid Kit/Survival Kit
  • Watch the Survival kit video above, make your own.
  • Hammock w/ Bug Net and Rain Tarp
  • 1 man tent with "footprint" to stay dry. Make footprint out of a portable tarp or contractor weight garbage bag
  • Sleeping Bag-synthetic-sufficient to 30 degrees ("Down" sleeping bag are lighter, warmer, but if it gets wet, it stays wet.)
  • Poncho and Woobie (useful for staying dry and warm)
  • Wide Brim Hat (Keeps sun and rain off face and neck.)
  • Bandana (Bandana-multiple uses/sling/neck protection/water filter for large particles)
  • Long Sleeved Shirt and "layers" for warmth. Rash Guard shirt. T-Shirt
  • Undershirt
  • Long Pants: stay away from jeans & all cotton. These get wet and stay wet. Quick dry material is best.
  • Layering for warm/cold
  • Vest
  • Rain Jacket
  • Bug Repellant (DEET based unless allergic)
  • Sunscreen SPF 30. Any brand you like. (apply sunscreen on 1st, then bug repellant)
  • Field Multi-tool with knife
  • Leatherman/etc.
  • Machete-some have saw blade side
  • Small solar panel to charge cell phone (if you use Biolite, this will also charge small cell phone.
  • Solar charge flashlight
  • Backpack or Dry bag to fit belongings into. I usually have a backpack AND 2 dry bags on my kayak.
  • 2-3 contractor weight garbage bags, extra t-shirts, personal items, etc. But remember if you pack it, you carry it. :-)
  • Personal Toiletries: Toothpaste and Toothbrush, etc.
  • Field shovel
  • Biodegradable tp
  • Biodegradable soap


  • Fishing Pole or Line
  • Walkie-Talkies-Family band, waterproof

PJRM will provide the essential food/water requirements. 

Consider bringing a few fruits, nuts, and other personal food items.

  • Food for 6-day trek (EXTRA 3,500-4,000 cal./day: above your normal intake. Approx 5,000 to 6,000 total):
  • Dried fruits
  • MRE's
  • Foil packed tuna/chicken/salmon
  • GORP ("Good Old Raisins and Peanuts" but these days we are doing almonds, walnuts, dried cranberries, coconut flakes, etc.) Get 1 cup per day of this.
  • Fiber Bars
  • 2 Gallons water/day

PJRM also providing:

  • Pontoon Boat for support
  • Kayaks for flat water trip.
  • Use your own kayak or contact us for referrals for rentals/Ft. Jackson

Susan Benesh will also have:

  • HAM Hand Talk radio
  • GPS Locator
  • Field supplies for minor trauma
  • More comprehensive medical kit

Direct Packing List Questions to Susan Benesh