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 / www.youtube.com
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Cooking/Eating Cup
- I use titanium, have the cup only, but would like this set.
- 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
- Long Pants: stay away from jeans & all cotton. These get wet and stay wet. Quick dry material is best.
- Layering for warm/cold
- 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
- 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
- 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