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Episode 6 - Klondike Ho!

Updated: Aug 21

So you've decided to go get some Klondike gold. First you have to find out where the Klondike is, how to get there, and what you'll need to survive.


We follow New York journalist Tappan Adney as he leaves his fancy big-city job and heads to the Klondike to report on the stampede. He has two weeks to travel by train from New York to the West Coast, gathering tips and buying his outfit along the way. By the time he leaves for Alaska on the SS Islander, he'll have six horses, a bale of hay and a thousand pounds of oats, lumber for a boat and a ton of supplies to last him for 10-12 months in the Yukon ... or so he hopes!


Tappan Adney's SUPPLIES FOR ONE MAN FOR ONE YEAR

"The following are the goods commonly taken in by miners. The list includes several articles of which it is only necessary to have one in each party:

8 sacks flour (50 lbs. each)

150 lbs bacon

100 lbs beans

25 lbs evaporated apples

25 lbs evaporated peaches

25 lbs apricots

25 lbs butter

100 lbs granulated sugar

1 1/2 dozen condensed milk

15 lbs coffee

10 lbs tea

1 lb pepper

10 lbs salt

8 lbs baking powder

40 lbs rolled oats

2 dozen yeast cakes

1/2 dozen 4-ounce beef extract

5 bars castile soap

6 bars tar soap

1 tin matches

1 gallon vinegar

1 box candles

25 lbs evaporated potatoes

25 lbs rice

25 canvas sacks

1 wash-basin

1 medicine chest

1 rubber sheet

1 set pack-straps

1 pick

1 handle

1 drift-pick

1 handle

1 shovel

1 gold-pan

1 axe

1 whip-saw

1 hand-saw

1 jack-plane

1 brace

4 bits, assorted, 3/16 to 1 inch

1 8-inch mill file

1 6-inch mill file

1 broad hatchet

1 two-quart galvanized coffee pot

1 fry-pan

1 package rivets

1 draw-knife (granite)

3 covered pails, 4, 6, and 8 quart

1 pie-plate

1 knife and fork

1 granite cup

1 each tea and table spoon

1 14-inch granite spoon

1 tape-measure

1 1/2 inch chisel

10 lbs oakum

10 lbs pitch

5 lbs 20d. nails

5 lbs 10d. nails

6 lbs 6d. nails

200 fee 5/8-inch rope

1 single block

1 solder outfit

1 14-quart galvanized pail

1 granite saucepan

3 lbs candlewick

1 compass

1 miner's candlestick

6 towels

1 axe-handle

1 axe-stone

1 emery-stone

1 sheet-iron stove

1 tent


Sources & reading (some are out of print)

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