November 2014

Surviving Cold Water Immersion. Great resource by the Northern Forest Canoe Trail on the facts around what cold water immersion does to the body. www.northernforestcanoetrail.org/media/Preparing%20for%20and%20Survivng%20Cold%20Water.pdf

Although we’ve managed to keep our tuition frozen for a number of years, we’re increasing the tuition on our immersion programs for 2015.  Tuition for the Wilderness Bushcraft Semester and the Wilderness Canoe Expedition Semester will increase by $250.  Tuition for the Boreal Snowshoe Expedition will increase by $100. But it isn't all bad news.  [...]

We've got a new forum up and running, and we'll be using it for the next few weeks to see if it works for us. I found some great looking software called muut that, without going into a lot of detail, looks like it will be a good fit. Most, if not all, of the [...]

Our forum recently took it's last breath and is no longer with us. It wasn't a sad parting. 100+ new spam users per day, old and clunky interface requiring lots of time and input, not viewable from a mobile device; let's just say no tears were shed on our end. We did lose some content, [...]

Home with my kids today and my five-year-old said she wanted something sweet.  I haven't baked a sourdough cake in the dutch oven for a while, so I decided to mix it up, figuratively and literally.  Behold the Sourdough Oatmeal Quick Cake; quick to mix (3-5 minutes), an hour to bake. I started with some [...]

I've been playing around with a new kind of blog post for a few months now. I'm calling them updates, and they are short bits and photos that aren't complete ideas. They're the type of thing that end up on social media sites, but as I've always had a healthy distrust of social media I [...]

Our next School of the Forest is scheduled for November 15th. We'll get started at 10am as usual but we won't be wrapping up at 2 o'clock this time around; we'll be sleeping in the shelters we build! Staying the night isn't mandatory, but it will be fun! Cost will be the standard thirty dollars [...]

I cook with cast iron daily, and have a bunch of it at our field school for students to use. There are many good reasons why I think cast iron is superior cookware, both at home and on the campfire. And with all those benefits comes one major drawback; disposable cleaning and upkeep products. When [...]

Are you looking for a cheap, fun night out this Wednesday? For the November installment of our Self Reliance Workshop Series with GALA, we're having an instructional campfire cooking dinner. Learn to cook over a campfire, build a sturdy pot suspension system, and use a dutch oven and a reflector oven like a seasoned professional. [...]

The Snow Walker's Rendezvous is this weekend in Fairlee, Vermont. If you're interested in traditional winter gear and techniques in the north, it's one that you shouldn't miss. I've been going for 15 years, and it keeps getting better. This year I'm traveling with Paul Sveum, who will be presenting on the 21-day Boundary Waters [...]

After seven busy years, we will no longer be offering programs at our 41 acre field school. Today we're closing on an adjacent piece of property, and now we'll be offering programs at our 61 acre field school. If you know the lay of the land around here, the purchase includes the land from the [...]

When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time playing street hockey during the warm seasons and pond hockey during the frozen one. As we were in New Hampshire, we all wanted to be players from the Boston Bruins. My brother would usually pretend he was Bobby Orr. I always liked the scrappy [...]

I heard a while back that there are no other places named Masardis in the USA or Canada. A quick internet search led me to a page that said there are no other places named Masardis in the world. As such, I've decided to refer to it as simply Masardis, and no longer Masardis, Maine. [...]

 


 

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