Last year, the Beaver Creek Free Trappers got to put their period-accurate camping gear and methods to a serious test.

The Beaver Creek Free Trappers Rendezvous, where campers dress in 1830s garb, fire black powder rifles and camp in tents typical of the mid-to-late 1800s, happened to correspond with a weekend of severe weather in Southwest Oklahoma. Heavy wind and rain battered the tents while members waited out the storm. A tornado had been reported on the ground only 5 miles south of their campsite.

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