When there is a discussion about Lewis and Clark, much is said about their huge success than the experiences they underwent during their expedition. By the nature of the dangers and hardships they encountered, they were lucky to reach the Pacific Coast and back safely. Lewis an American explorer alongside William Clark led the excursion into a captivating expedition to the Pacific Northwest in wake of the 19th century. The expedition which was termed as “Lewis and Clark expedition” scaled thirteen thousand kilometers commandeering the troupe down the Ohio River, up the Missouri river, and to the Pacific Ocean. The “Lewis and Clark Expedition” encountered several wild animals on their mission while making their way along the western river At some point, Lewis was closely killed by a bear as the entire team was accosted by no less than forty bears on their expedition. Similarly, mosquitoes turned out to be a menace as one sergeant on that mission wrote in his diary, that they caused swelling in their faces as well as eyes.
The Lewis and Clark expedition had to deal with thunderstorms, flash floods, river snags, freezing temperatures, hail storms, and lightning. During the expedition, Clark together with his slave and hired interpreter escaped by a whisker from a flash flood. Lewis and Clark’s expedition had difficulties the rivers and at one point their boat capsized.
Alongside their mission, Lewis and Clark envisaged the medical requirements that the two-year expedition in the wilderness would need. Despite all these, Lewis and Clark’s troupe were afflicted with illness, disease, and accidents; some of the diseases they suffered were dysentery, colds and flu, sunburns. Other illnesses that deemed serious were smallpox, cholera, venereal diseases and pneumonia. As a matter of fact, in a certain instance, the “Lewis and Clark Expedition” experienced stress and conflict resulting from living and working together in extreme conditions for the entire period. More often than not controversy over work, discipline, the correct route to follow, the distribution of food and supplies and others was common throughout the expedition. Similarly, there were conflicts between the Lewis and Clark expedition and the local tribes. During their expedition, Lewis and Clark had native guides as well as a French guide who aided in plotting the course, but it would occur that the expedition took wrong turns occasionally. Maintaining the course seemed difficult as the rivers had tributaries directing to different directions.
The Lewis and Clark through their determination and enthusiasm encountered some hospitable Native American, but when they arrived at Travelers rest in Montana, a group of Blackfeet Indians staged a fight with the troupe but they were triumphant with no casualties. Subsequently, as the Lewis and Clark expedition went through the enchanted territories, they experienced starvation particularly in the mountains as they at colts and candles in other words relaying with the wild edibles for survival. Needless to say, the keelboat was heavy and the Lewis and Clark crew had to daily grind with it up the Missouri River that entailed backbreaking rowing, pushing and pulling the keelboat through the shallows which were very exhausting. Incidentally, Lewis and Clark expedition typically lied on camping and staying on the open. In essence, there lack privacy in the sense that getting the time and place for personal needs such as downtime, bathing, sleep and a place to use latrine was hard to come by.