Traditional Canoe Skills & Why They Matter | JMB Podcast Episode 73

crossing headwater lakes in a canoe

Episode 73 of the Jack Mountain Bushcraft podcast was recorded in the Guide Shack on Saturday, July 27th immediately following the Riverman canoe expedition skills course. I was joined by Brian Manning, Darrin Baird and Blake Towsley, and we discussed the course, learning traditional canoe skills and why they matter in the modern world.

PHOTO: Canoes on a northern Maine lake.

There is no profanity used in this episode.


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  • Seth W

    Nice to hear you guys! This was a great training and a whole heck of a lot of fun!

  • Darrin

    Great training. I highly recommend the course.

  • Robert L Downs

    Great podcast. I grew up on wood and canvas in the 60s. Had access to a 18ft Old Town Guide that my god parents let me paddle on Holbrook Pond. One of their sons had taken it on a whitewater trip. Old Town restored it to new condition. Next time he used an aluminum. My scoutmaster had a 20 ft Old Town “river canoe” which was the Guide model. We used the 16 ft Old Town Scout canoes, same as the 16 ft Guide but with no seats just thwarts, at scout camp on Fitts Pond for our canoeing merit badges. As much as I would like an E.M. White 18 1/2 ft or a Chesnut Prospector I have a Old Town 17 ft Penobscott that I bought in 1990. It doesn’t get any special treatment,stored outside, been in a bunch of Kenduskeag races. Which is along way around to my point/comment.I think it is harder to run a stream when it is boney vs good water you really need to be good at reading the water. Anyways thanks for taking the time to share/talk story. All the Best. robbie

  • Thanks Darrin

  • Thank You Seth.

  • Thanks Robert. I agree that the hardest conditions, at least on the boats, is when the water is low and the river is bony. It forces you to see where the water is. As such, in my estimation, it’s the best time to train. I have an 20′ EM White, but like you say, it doesn’t live outside with the plastic boats.
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