A double stack of dutch ovens, sourdough biscuits in the reflector oven, kettles of coffee and water and the clear blue sky for a roof. This is living.
Waterfall at the north end of Baxter State Park in Maine. Hot summer day, and the water was freezing. It never warms up. We all got ice cream headaches as a result of swimming, but so refreshing after a long hike.
Canoes and Katahdin, Epic Maine photo shot by Sam Racioppi during the fall Wilderness Bushcraft Semester.
Twilight At The Waters' Edge. Inch of snow today, but spring is right around the corner.
Canoe reflection. I love these shots when the water is like glass, reflecting back the world above it.
Grouse In The Alders. Shot at the field school. Grouse are often hanging around, but somehow they know to not hang around during hunting season!
Katahdin In The Morning. Loading canoes with Katahdin in the background on a beautiful fall morning.
Morning In Camp. Coffee, oats and sourdough biscuits.
Flat Water Paddling Practice. First day of spring, excited about getting out on the liquid water.
Winter Won't Quit! Still tons of snow on the ground and we've had crazy wind for the past few days. Really, really looking forward to some warmer weather. Pic is from the Boreal Snowshoe Expedition, taken on a cold and windy day.
We're just over four weeks out from the start of the spring Wilderness Bushcraft Semester. We're making some changes to the course this spring, most notably planning more time out on the trail canoeing the remote waterways of northern Maine. We'll be all over the Aroostook drainage and I'm leaving the door open for the [...]
Two Different Sleds. In the foreground, a 3-strake wooden toboggan. In the background, a sled with runners. They perform differently and are built for different conditions.
Sawing Up Firewood. We cut a lot of firewood during the Boreal Snowshoe Expedition. Love the wide angle gopro shots.
Long Walk To The Water Hole. Filling pails to cook dinner.
Life Under Canvas. Living the good life on the trail.
Cranberry dutch oven cake. Snow day, kids have cabin fever so I put them to work in the kitchen.
Hauling toboggans after the lunch stop on a perfect winter day.
The GI Bill covers 100% of tuition and fees for our immersion programs. I get asked this question often, so I added it to the FAQ on our GI Bill page. We're changing our deposit policy for those on the GI Bill beginning beginning after the fall, 2015 Wilderness Bushcraft Semester. Going forward, we're adding [...]
The Backlit Axeman. Heading out for a load of firewood on the Boreal Snowshoe Expeditions.
Never get tired of this view. And I never take my good fortune for granted.
I can't remember if someone told me or if I read that coffin-shaped toboggans, widest a few feet from the bow and tapered at both ends, pull better than rectangular toboggans. Regardless of how I came to know that as true, I've believed it since I started pulling toboggans and camping with them in the [...]
Snow sculpted by the wind.
Quickie Snow Shelter. Dug in 5 minutes with a snowshoe in wind-packed snow. It was well below zero degrees F, which is when snow shelters are at their best. Note the stylish, relaxed pose, making it look extra-inviting.
Meanwhile our crack team of trackers have been scouring the remote corners of the north woods searching for sign of the elusive samsquantch.
Although the snow is still more than waist deep and we have yet to hit mud season, today will be the second day in a row where the mercury tops 40 degrees F. Spring isn't here yet, but it's coming. So I wanted to take a look back on a really busy, amazing winter. It [...]
Tending the cooking fire on the BSE. I love the way the flames look in this photo.
Broken Axe Handle. He had just hung that old Emerson & Stevens head before the trip. Must have been some bad wood.
Axe Safety? This technique was not covered during the axe safety lecture, but what could go wrong?
Quick look around our 8-sided tent on the Boreal Snowshoe Expedition.
After some shovel work, I'm declaring the dutch oven cooking season open! Tired of waiting.
Tent Bound. Cozy in the tent while the wind howls outside on the 2015 Boreal Snowshoe Expedition.
Snowshoeing Through The Birches. A beautiful birch glade in Quebec.