The process of shoe-making with him is reduced to its most simple form. He merely takes two pieces of buffalo (or any other suitable) skin ... these he folds ... to render them foot-shaped, with an awl and the sinew of buffalo or other animal, or small strips of thin deer-skin, ("whang,") he sews the vamps from end to endRufus SageRocky Mountain Life, p.155
We are an American Mountain Men party with members located throughout the state of Colorado. Our interest is in the times of the Mountain Men or Mountaineers, and beaver trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade during the years 1800 – 1840.
We research and recreate the ways and lives of the Mountain Men. We do this by recreating the gear, learning the skills and techniques, and putting them to use in real life situations. We freely share the information that we have learned through demos and articles.
The best way to understand the lives that the Mountain Men lived is to actually get out and do it. We put our gear and skills to the test on a regular basis. This allows us to fully appreciate what they had to go through and to gain a better understanding of how they did it.