Dugout canoeing on the Missouri River

BISMARCK, N.D. - A Montana wilderness survivalist and his three person team are canoeing the Missouri River, Lewis and Clark style, in a dugout tree log.

Thomas Elpel says he always wanted to experience the 2,300 miles plus journey through the eyes of the early American explorers. Their six month journey started in Three Forks, Mont., and they made a stop in Bismarck. ​

"Nothing crazy about it, really just, to me it's a good opportunity or excuse to go out camping for six months," said author and conservationist Thomas Elpel.

He says they're hoping to stop near Sitting Bull College to teach an Ethnobotany class and reach their final destination in St. Louis by November.