Hiking the Uncharted: An 8,000-Mile Test of Endurance
From May 1804 to September 1806, the Corps of Discovery trekked a whopping 8,000 miles, from St. Louis to the Pacific Coast and back.
The vast majority of this trek was through uncharted land, encompassing rough terrains that included jagged mountains, sprawling deserts, and turbulent rivers.
Braving the Elements: From Scorching Heat to Biting Cold
Throughout the expedition, the Corps faced extreme weather conditions. The brutal summer heat in the plains, frigid winters in the mountains, ceaseless torrential rain in the Pacific Northwest, and whipping winds across the plateaus were far from ideal for travel and exposed the men to numerous health risks.
Illness was a constant companion during the expedition. Members of the Corps suffered from dysentery, boils, tick bites, venereal disease, and even suspected appendicitis, all without the benefit of modern medicine.