After considering a variety of options, the route and plan is set for the 4-week Wilderness Canoe Expedition Semester for summer, 2022.
The course will start with a week at the field school where we’ll learn all about canoes, paddling, poling, making fire, cooking over a fire, thermal cookers, axe safety, making rope, knots, trip planning, and a whole bunch of other pertinent skills. Participants will also be put through our standard canoe poling curriculum that incorporates several local rivers as the difficulty and intensity increases.
For weeks 2-3 we will canoe the length of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, from Chamberlain Lake to Allagash Village. We’ll explore some out of the way spots that aren’t often visited that I’ve gotten to know and love over the years. We’ll be packing heavy for this 100-mile, 2-week journey. The waterway has beautiful campsites, abundant wildlife, big lakes, and sections of smooth and fast water.
After taking out at Allagash Village, we’ll return to the field school for a resupply, and to pare our gear down to only the essentials before heading out for a trip down the East Branch of the Penobscot. This trip is marked by four big waterfalls, lots of carries, and technical whitewater.
We will be covering a lot of ground, both figuratively and literally. Participants will learn by doing, experience the beauty and wildness of northern Maine, and develop their personal skills to facilitate future expeditions.
We’ve got three spots remaining for this summer, so if you’re interested get in touch.