From our recent trip to Baxter and Debsconeag. Later afternoon sun with Mount Katahdin in the background. And the work horse of our canoe fleet, the 18' Prospector from Nova Craft Canoe. After beating up on them for 14 years, I can say with some authority it's simply an awesome boat.
Moose season. Scraping moose hides in the rain at 7AM.
Softening braintanned deer hides in camp today.
After a week on the trail we're starting the braintanning process today. End of week 5 of the WBS, time is flying by.
Spring water bubbling up under a big spruce tree. Cold and pure.
Put this under the heading “gear I’ve wanted for years.” After reading my friend Oblio13’s post in 2008, I’ve wanted a large Thermette boiler that would handle a few gallons at a time. I’ve had a 2 quart model for 15 years, but it just isn’t enough water for camp chores. If you’ve never heard [...]
Crystal clear waters of Rust Pond. I never want to live where the water isn't amazing. Spoiled.
“We are now reveling in the indescribable freshness of the Antarctic that seems to permeate one’s being, and which must be responsible for that longing to go again which assails each returned explorer…” Ernest Shackleton on his Nimrod expedition to Antarctica This year the Jack Mountain Alumni Winter Expedition, assailed by the memories of the [...]
Congratulations to the newest Registered Maine Guide, Benjamin Spencer!
Firing up the smoker this afternoon. Big fancy dinner tonight.
Custom made Guide Canteen for Fil Salonek's Allagash-AT expedition. Alumni services, trail support.
Hand drill fire lighting. Old School.
9-11. Listenened to The radio news this AM. They were reading names, they read 5, including the guy I knew who was on the plane on 9/11/01.
Took a ride to check out a new course location. Quoddy Head lighthouse, easternmost point in the USA.
We’re creating a scholarship for college outdoor education students to make our immersion programs more affordable. Beginning with the spring, 2016 Wilderness Bushcraft Semester, we’re offering a $5100 scholarship. There are some rules and a specific application process, all of which you can read about at: Bushcraft Leadership Scholarship
Solos are over. Welcoming everyone back to camp with a dutch oven triple stack. 17", 16" and 14" deep.
Low-tech gravity fed solar water heater. Elevated barrel and coil of black pipe. Used for washing dishes and people.
Shaving a canoe paddle blade down with a draw knife. Finishing paddles today, headed out paddling tomorrow.
We’ve updated the requirements for our Journeyman Guide And Bushcraft Instructor certification for the current semester. Some of the additions include an expanded section on knots and their applications, formal trip planning, and a 4-day water fast. You can get more information on the Journeyman certification on our site (link). You can also download the requirements [...]
Primitive rope making with hand spinners this morning. Low-tech and it just works.
My new book, The Woods Cook: Outdoor Cooking With A Professional Guide, is now available from Amazon in paperback and on Kindle. As a guide I’ve been leading trips and cooking over an open fire professionally since the late 1990’s. This book details the approach, methods and recipes that have helped me be be successful [...]
Bushcraft Tool Kit.
Newly made crooked knife starting work on a canoe paddle.
We’re adding a second Boreal Snowshoe Expedition session in 2016. It’s our winter bushcraft immersion; a twelve day traditional northern winter wilderness living and travel expedition. We’re on the trail living on snowshoes, hauling our gear on toboggans, staying in woodstove-outfitted canvas tents and learning to be at home and comfortable in the bitter cold. [...]
Flatwater poling today. Traditional skills and gear make you more resilient on the water.