Your wagon train starts off and follows the trail of the Bidwell Party. You have no problems until you begin going up the Rockies to South Pass. At this point, the load becomes so heavy that some of your supplies must be thrown away to reduce the weight that the oxen are trying to pull. Finally, you reach Salt Lake City and move westward out across the desert of the Great Basin. Your oxen become weaker and weaker each day on the desert and the load must be reduced again. At last you reach the Sierras and are heading up this final range of mountains before dropping into the Sacramento Valley on your way to San Francisco. Once again on the way up the Sierras you must discard more of your supplies to be sure that you will reach San Francisco. For each of the three locations named below discard the number of pounds listed beside them. Be sure to plan what will be absolutely necessary to keep going to the next place.

            1. Remove 350 pounds at each of the following places. Make a list of the items and weights of the things you throw away and give the new total weight as you leave each location. (Be sure that you are able to explain why you chose the items you did.)

 

A. South Pass (Mountains):

            Items eliminated: ________________________________________________________

 

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________________________________________. Total weight eliminated: _______________

                                                                                   New wagon weight: _________________

B. Great Basin (Desert):

            Items eliminated:________________________________________________________

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__________________________________________. Total weight eliminated: ______________

                                                                                         New wagon  weight: _______________

                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                            

 

C. High Sierras (Mountains)

            Items eliminated: _________________________________________________________

 

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_____________________________________________. Total weight eliminated: ___________

 

                                                                                            New wagon weight: ______________

                                                                                                                             

 

                                                               Group Names:

                                   

                                                               ______________________________

 

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