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American culture is at a crisis point. For a people to be self-governed, they must first govern themselves. If freedom demands responsibility, what hope for freedom is there in a country where …
Enter Kristy Titus. She's concerned about the future of this country … and having spent nearly her whole life in and around the backcountry, she knows it's the place where the American character is best understood.
She's bringing two other women and a cadre of backcountry experts on a three-night, four-day, 25-mile trek through the Cascade Mountains to rediscover the American values critical to sustaining freedom for generations to come.
They'll have to carry all of their gear in a 35-pound backpack, and be prepared for anything: Temperatures range from the low 90s during the day to mid 30s at night.
The first eight miles will be on trail. After that, the women will be on their own to trust their training, their map and their compass to make it to camp each night. No GPS allowed.
Navigating at night is like landing an airplane with a blind over the windshield. Kristy, Jessi and Faith will be separated from each other and asked to cover three miles to camp with only the moon to guide their way.
A critical survival skill in a backcountry situation, poncho rafts keep your gear dry and your body above water—if you build them correctly.
It's the ultimate test of trust in training. The women will learn to tie a Swiss harness out of their own rope, and then descend down 200 feet of loose volcanic rock.