Bushcraft Semester, Week 2

We spent the week on a remote, northern Maine lake learning the arts of canoe paddling and poling.  Cooking every meal over the open fire, watching the bald eagles fly over the lake and land in the white pines, listening to the songs of the loons who would sit in the water off the point each sunrise and sunset and fish.
We camped on the point of a large peninsula, connected to the mainland by a narrow strip of wetland.  The edge of the peninsula is similar to the other lakes in the region, with cedars, alders, balsam fir and white pine lining the shore, but the interior was all hardwoods.  Beech, birch, ash and maple some near four feet in diameter, formed a dense canopy and left the forest floor open and sparsely vegetated.  It’s an awesome place, but don’t ask me where it is because I’m not telling.  I will say that we travelled across a lake and up a stream to get there, but that’s it.

Next week we’ll be carving canoe paddles from wood we’ll harvest on Monday, as well as take a poling trip in the Aroostook river.  We haven’t had any rain in a while and all the rivers are low, but we’re supposed to get some this weekend.  We’ll also be moving to our river camp, our next long-term campsite.  Our new location, and all that it has to offer, continues to amaze me.

Blog, Courses

JMBS Master Calendar
All scheduled programs.
· JMBS Master Calendar
 
JMBS Sites
· Field School – Professional Training, Semester & Expedition Programs. Masardis, Maine.
· Classic Wilderness Guiding – Canoe, Snowshoe & Sea Kayak Trips
· Folk School – Lodge-Based & Weekend Programs. Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
· School Of The Forest – Teen & Youth Programs
· JMB Web Portal – Guide To All Our Programs & Sites

BushcraftSchool.com
Private Community Network & Online Courses. Free to join.
· BushcraftSchool.com
 
Typos, Etc.
Anything that appears to be an error in spelling or grammar is actually the author’s clever use of the vernacular, and as such is not an error, but rather a carefully placed literary device demonstrating prodigious artistic prowess.

JMB Blog & Media Hub
Home to our blog, videos, podcast, photos and updates, going back to 2006.
· JMB Media
 
Email List
Join our email list and keep up with what we’re doing. More Info.


Featured In:
Jack Mountain Bushcraft Media Appearances Image

Life Member – MPGA
mpga graphic
Life Member – MWGO
mwgo graphic

MWGO Quality Endorsement
MWGO

Academic Partner – UMPI
UMPI graphic
Academic Partner – WSCU
WSCU graphic