Tim Smith

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On the road to northern Quebec!   […] Read More

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On A Frozen Lake

They're trickling in from far and wide. England arrived yesterday. Texas and Chicago tomorrow. Ohio, Connecticut and California on Thursday. New Hampshire is ready to go. Alberta and Montreal are meeting us on the road. In two days our small group (on the Jack Mountain calendar as the Subarctic Snowshoe Expedition With The Cree) is […] Read More

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Cold wind whipping across frozen lake Winnepesaukee.   […] Read More

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A Case Of The Mondays?

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Monday morning inventory: Dog getting quilled by porcupine? Check Kid throwing up all night? Check Overnight rain making road glare ice that is unsafe to walk on? Check But, we did have a great weekend in the woods with the Winter Survival Weekend Course. Met some great people, got them on snowshoes with traditional bindings […] Read More

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Dog with porcupine quill beard. Not going to be a fun afternoon.   […] Read More

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Derek checking a pot of hemlock tea. Winter survival weekend course, January 2015.   […] Read More

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This weekend we're running our Winter Survival Weekend Course at the folk school in New Hampshire. It's a short course designed to teach the fundamentals of living in the winter woods. We've been running it for more than a decade, and I think that it has provided a basic skill set to a lot of […] Read More

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Last night Discovery again aired the Norway episode of Dude, You're Screwed featuring yours truly. It was a great experience from start to finish; great people, beautiful place and a little boat that grew on me over time. Being on the show has given me a lot of great memories, as well as my first […] Read More

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Makin' Snowshoes

It's easy to make something that looks like a bucksaw frame, but it's much more difficult to make one that will cut a lot of wood without coming apart. It's easy to make something that looks like a snowshoe, but much more difficult to make one that will allow you to walk on it all […] Read More

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Lucky dog pouncing during a twilight walk on the pond. Looks like a chupacabra.   […] Read More

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Ice Fishing

Last week we ran our first program of 2015; the Winter Woodsman course. In summing up the experience, it was cold. Really cold. -50F (with wind chill, -25 in still air at night) cold. While those temperatures aren't unheard of on winter expeditions, the Winter Woodsman is an introductory course in living out in the […] Read More

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Trip planning, even for day trips, should start with reading Paul Petzoldt on expedition behavior (ch. 10).   […] Read More

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The Guppy, Tim Cole's paddle, on display at Freem's bar in Ashland, Maine. End of a long, cold week.   […] Read More

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Ice Fishing

Fishing and ice safety on the lake during the winter woodsman course. Skunked! No fish, but we'll be back.   […] Read More

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Beaver Lodge

Checking out the vent hole on an active beaver lodge during the winter woodsman course.   […] Read More

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Axe class, winter woodsman. -20 tonight, -50 with the wind chill. BRRRR! Having fun despite the cold.   […] Read More

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Weaving a pair of snowshoes in the guide shack. Cozy inside, -10 outside.   […] Read More

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Enjoying an evening in the guide shack before the Winter Woodsman course. New wood stove.   […] Read More

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Sitting In Camp

I started blogging in 2004, but that first blog was hacked in 2006 and all the posts deleted. I don't know how many posts I had, but somebody thought it would be fun to delete them all, and they did. I started this blog in 2006, and this is post 1001. I had no idea […] Read More

Categories: General

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2015 marks my 20th year composting humanure, also known as human poop. In that time I've managed numerous compost piles, scrubbed countless buckets, read The Humanure Handbook about five times, built a variety of structures to serve as outhouses, had numerous outhouses built by others, and created a lot of soil. What started me down […] Read More

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Koolyomka Deadfall

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A variation of the promontory peg that hails from Siberia and was made famous by the documentary Happy People, the Koolyomka is an interesting deadfall and a fun one to carve in camp. This was carved during downtime on the 2014 Wilderness Canoe Expedition Semester […] Read More

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Video 9 in the 2014 WCES (Wilderness Canoe Expedition Semester) series. Join us as we run the Telos Cut. Running Telos Cut We finished our trip down the Allagash in the last video. After taking out in Allagash Village, we had a big lunch at Rock's Diner in Fort Kent, then went back to the […] Read More

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Pack Basket And Mountain Stream

Join Tim and instructor Tom Belluscio as they discuss how Jack Mountain got it's name (the Jack Mountain origin story) and the summer, 2015 Teen Bushcraft And Wilderness Canoe Expedition. Recorded in the truck on the way back to the folk school after picking up three toboggan blanks and two paddle blanks. iTunes Link | […] Read More

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Allagash Falls Tims

Video 8 in the WCES (Wilderness Canoe Expedition Semester) series. Join us as we swim below Allagash falls and paddle the lower river. At Allagash Falls […] Read More

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7 gallons of Ankle Breaker apple wine done bubbling just in time for new years. Taste-testing tonight. All good.   […] Read More

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Shopping for a new canoe paddle blank. Seeing a few beauties, a lot of chaff.   […] Read More

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Morning Poling Round Pond

Video 7 in the WCES (Wilderness Canoe Expedition Semester) series. Join us as we paddle into Round Pond, and Tim does a walk-through of our campsite. At Round Pond […] Read More

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Video 6 in the WCES (Wilderness Canoe Expedition Semester) series. Join us as we line canoes down Long Lake dam, an old logging dam. It's unsafe to run because of metal spikes that move each year when the ice goes out, so we tie up lining bridles and line it, or lower canoes over the […] Read More

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Ash Paddles On The 20'

Video 5 in the WCES (Wilderness Canoe Expedition Semester) series. Join us as we pole Chase Rapids, the most challenging water on the Allagash. Poling Chase Rapids […] Read More

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Break On The Lake

Video 4 in the WCES (Wilderness Canoe Expedition Semester) series. Join the guys out on Eagle Lake looking for fish. Looking For Fish […] Read More

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Loading The Canoes

Video 3 in the WCES (Wilderness Canoe Expedition Semester) series, shot during the aftermath of the big storm. Also some introductions a few days later on a beautiful day with views of the mountains. After The Storm And Introductions […] Read More

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Paddling, Pole In Foreground

Shot on the first day of our 2014 Wilderness Canoe Expedition Semester, on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway at Chamberlain Lake. We spent the afternoon paddling with a tailwind and were right on the tail end of a big storm system. Storm On Chamberlain Lake […] Read More

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Want To Go On A Journey?

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Last summer, during the Wilderness Canoe Expedition Semester, we shot a lot of video. It's taken some time, but now we're ready to post that video. Instead of spending a lot of time editing it into a long video no one will watch, I'm going to post it as a series of short clips. I […] Read More

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Misty Morning Canoe

There is a surging trend for people to get their names on things. Lots of guys have their signature knife or other piece of gear. Others are trying to attach their name to certain techniques. I saw in a video a while back a guy had named a method for determining where the top of […] Read More

Categories: General, Quotations

Wedge Tent With Fire

I have a question and need some education, so I'm looking for input. What are the ethics of posting digitized versions of old books online? Is there an ethical difference between a book that is still under copyright, but is impossible to find, as opposed to a book where the copyright has run out? I […] Read More

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Stunning twilight on the pond. Still and beautiful. Ice still not in. Short but beautiful days.   […] Read More

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It's important to remember that the things done on Dude You're Screwed are done to win a game. In a real survival situation, don't take chances. For more info on actual survival situations, check out this podcast: Principles Of Wilderness Survival Podcast | JMB Podcast 03 Learn the principles of wilderness survival without the hype. […] Read More

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The final episode of season 2 from Dude You're Screwed featuring yours truly. It was a lot of fun to make […] Read More

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Bannock 101 Class Video

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While he'll never hear me say it, Paul Sveum is a wealth of knowledge and a great instructor. Our friend Derek Faria from The Woodsman School shot and edited this video of Paul teaching a bannock 101 class at the Snow Walker's Rendezvous. Solid information from a man who has made a lot of bannock […] Read More

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Lucky On The Snowmobile Trail

Babbling brook we encountered on our tracking hike. Beautiful clear water […] Read More

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Great Day Of Tracking

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Lucky Dog and I had a great afternoon in the woods tracking yesterday. I shot a bunch of pictures, but only a few turned out well. We found tracks of deer, turkey (foot and wing), grey squirrel, snowshoe hare and fisher. The snow conditions were perfect for tracking; a layer of crusty snow covered with […] Read More

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The Mornin' Joe

The second podcast from the 2014 Boreal Snowshoe Expedition, recorded on our last night of the trip. Listen as participants reflect on the two weeks and what they've learned, have a few laughs and discuss their favorite bannock of the trip. iTunes Link | Play, Download Or Subscribe In iTunes Stitcher Link | Play, Download […] Read More

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Which Way To The Beer Store?

Recorded in the warmth of a tent on a bitter cold night during the 2014 Boreal Snowshoe Expedition, join us as we discuss the trip and the biggest lessons learned while on it. We recorded part 1 (this) in the middle of our 14-day snowshoe expedition. We also recorded a part 2 on our final […] Read More

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Brook trout over the fire, sourdough biscuits in the reflector oven.   […] Read More

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Getting excited for upcoming winter programs. Just have to make it through the holidays with sanity intact. Not a sure thing.   […] Read More

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Rainy morning, headwaters of the Aroostook River.   […] Read More

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Christmas play, both kids are in it. Forty minutes to showtime, kids are cool as ice, no jitters.   […] Read More

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Winter Walk In The Hills

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Went for a walk in the hills with Tom Belluscio and our dogs earlier this week, just before the storm hit.  This photo shows Tom with Lake Winnipesaukee in the background.  We're fortunate to live in a beautiful place.  There is also a huge variety of conservation land plots nearby.  We're going to explore many […] Read More

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Around The Fire

We've got the overview for the spring, 2015 Wilderness Bushcraft Semester, our 30th long-term course, published.  We're making some changes, mostly in the form of going back to the roots of the program and doing more traveling.  Some of the changes are included below, but you can read them all on the Wilderness Bushcraft Semester […] Read More

Categories: General, Long-Term Programs

Slick website? Check

Slick website? Check. Impressive-sounding resume? Check. Made up success and fraud? Check. Reputation checks should go beyond Google if you're looking to hire a guide. Former associates question claims of man behind adventure company at centre of B.C. rights complaint | National Post ‘He thinks he’s a cross between James Bond and a soldier of […] Read More

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Ice in on the pond this morning. We'll see if it makes it through the storm tomorrow.   […] Read More

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I spend 6-7 months per year off the grid.  The rest of the time I'm at home in a modern house. Most modern houses become unlivable when external inputs such as electricity and running water stop being piped in.  I've scratched my head for decades as to why they were designed like this, and I […] Read More

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Ice storms, power outages, not concerned. My sawdust toilet doesn't need water or electricity. #selfrelianthome   […] Read More

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Unsupported remote winter trips result in feeling a freedom that's hard to define, but strongly felt.   […] Read More

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Break On A Lake

Open spots on upcoming winter and spring courses are dwindling. We've been adding people here and there and the result is that all upcoming programs are 60% or more full. Here are the current available spaces per upcoming program as of December 4th. Winter Woodsman:  3 Wilderness Survival Weekend Course:  4 Boreal Snowshoe Expedition:  3 […] Read More

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Even though it doesn't benefit me and I have to shovel the stairs, I still love a snow day. No school!   […] Read More

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Pond of clear ice makes me think pond hockey. Wish I had my skates, stick and a team right now.   […] Read More

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Surviving Cold Water Immersion. Great resource by the Northern Forest Canoe Trail on the facts around what cold water immersion does to the body. www.northernforestcanoetrail.org/media/Preparing%20for%20and%20Survivng%20Cold%20Water.pdf […] Read More

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Out sledding with the kids at the Xmas parade and a beautiful sunset over the lake.   […] Read More

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Putting together the media kit for this winter's snowshoe trips. One box that fits on a toboggan.   […] Read More

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Twilight At The Water Hole

If you're interested in learning how to live, work and play in the boreal forest in the bitter cold of winter, we created the Winter Woodsman course just for you. Part survival course, part bushcraft, part winter guide training, the goal is make you feel comfortable and at home in the winter wilderness with a […] Read More

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We're adding two new bits of information to our program descriptions: physical challenge and technical challenge. Each of these operate on a 1-5 numerical scale with 1 being the easiest/lowest and 5 being the most challenging. Physical challenge refers to how physically challenging a particular program is, as well as whether or not a person […] Read More

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Dirty bird in the 14 deep, pumpkin pie in the 12. It's a dutch oven Thanksgiving !   […] Read More

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What does your road look like this morning?   […] Read More

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Beauty after the storm

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Beauty after the storm. Happy Thanksgiving!   […] Read More

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Originally shared by +MRC Custom Leather Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Stay home, spend time with family. Skip black friday and wait for small business Saturday! Support small business :) […] Read More

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Out in the new snow

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Out in the new snow. Never too early to get ready for a winter expedition.   […] Read More

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Snow is starting

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Snow is starting. Looking across the pond through a sea of snowflakes   […] Read More

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Although we’ve managed to keep our tuition frozen for a number of years, we’re increasing the tuition on our immersion programs for 2015.  Tuition for the Wilderness Bushcraft Semester and the Wilderness Canoe Expedition Semester will increase by $250.  Tuition for the Boreal Snowshoe Expedition will increase by $100. But it isn't all bad news.  […] Read More

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Rigged To Carry

We've got a new forum up and running, and we'll be using it for the next few weeks to see if it works for us. I found some great looking software called muut that, without going into a lot of detail, looks like it will be a good fit. Most, if not all, of the […] Read More

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JMBS Forum Is No More

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Our forum recently took it's last breath and is no longer with us. It wasn't a sad parting. 100+ new spam users per day, old and clunky interface requiring lots of time and input, not viewable from a mobile device; let's just say no tears were shed on our end. We did lose some content, […] Read More

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Family walks are the best walks.   […] Read More

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Sourdough Quick Cake

Home with my kids today and my five-year-old said she wanted something sweet.  I haven't baked a sourdough cake in the dutch oven for a while, so I decided to mix it up, figuratively and literally.  Behold the Sourdough Oatmeal Quick Cake; quick to mix (3-5 minutes), an hour to bake. I started with some […] Read More

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Pics from our recent campfire cooking class. Cooking in the dark never tasted so good! Campfire Cooking: NH Monthly Self Reliance Workshops Series View the album on Flickr […] Read More

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Latest design from Pole And Paddle Canoe: Battery powered broad hatchet.   […] Read More

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Unstructured play in the woods is a tonic for all ages. Out with the boys and the dog.   […] Read More

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Fermented foods yes, giardia no. Kraut and kimchee put up this morning […] Read More

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Favorite Sourdough Pot

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Favorite traveling sourdough container once its empty. Gallon plastic mayo jar […] Read More

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Best part about traveling is coming home. Look who was waiting for me when I came in the door.   […] Read More

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On the morning show in Denver this AM: Discovery Channel's "Dude, You're Screwed" Jake, Terry, John and Tim tell us all about the second season of the Discovery Channel's "Dude, You're Screwed." […] Read More

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Number 3, the photo by Nick Gallop, was shot near the field school in one of our canoes. 39 Reasons Living In Maine Ruins You For Life Ayuh […] Read More

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Two days in Denver

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Two days in Denver. The mountains are stunning, just like I remember them.   […] Read More

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First time in many years I'm reading a print newspaper with morning coffee. Feels like I went back in time.   […] Read More

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Kids around campfire

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Kids around campfire. Shelters done. What its all about. School Of The Forest.   […] Read More

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What woodpecker made this hole? Tom teaching at the School Of The Forest.   […] Read More

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School Of The Forest, stopping for lunch on a ridge near the folk school.   […] Read More

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I've said this before, it's cool to be written up in the media, but when your friends and colleagues say it, it means that much more. The incomparable fellow Maine Guide Tom Jamrog wrote a flattering bit about me and Lou Falank at Snow Walkers on his blog. Tom is a big reason why you […] Read More

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Neat article on how constellations change over time. We're not seeing the same constellations as our ancestors. The Constellations Won't Always Look That Way Over time, stars change their position in the sky. A new app shows you how the patterns we recognize today have shifted […] Read More

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Packed Canoe

I've been playing around with a new kind of blog post for a few months now. I'm calling them updates, and they are short bits and photos that aren't complete ideas. They're the type of thing that end up on social media sites, but as I've always had a healthy distrust of social media I […] Read More

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Our next School of the Forest is scheduled for November 15th. We'll get started at 10am as usual but we won't be wrapping up at 2 o'clock this time around; we'll be sleeping in the shelters we build! Staying the night isn't mandatory, but it will be fun! Cost will be the standard thirty dollars […] Read More

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Chicken On Fire

I cook with cast iron daily, and have a bunch of it at our field school for students to use. There are many good reasons why I think cast iron is superior cookware, both at home and on the campfire. And with all those benefits comes one major drawback; disposable cleaning and upkeep products. When […] Read More

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Another reason to wear and use natural fibers: keep micro-plastics out of the ocean. Your clothes are polluting the ocean every time you do laundry An estimated 1,900 microfibers can get rinsed out of a single piece of synthetic clothing each time it's washed, and these microplastic fibers might be the biggest contributors to ocean […] Read More

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Dutch Ovens, Kettle, Axe, Knife

Are you looking for a cheap, fun night out this Wednesday? For the November installment of our Self Reliance Workshop Series with GALA, we're having an instructional campfire cooking dinner. Learn to cook over a campfire, build a sturdy pot suspension system, and use a dutch oven and a reflector oven like a seasoned professional. […] Read More

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Had a blast at the Snow Walkers' Rendezvous. Now thinking about all kinds of remote winter expeditions. Winter isn't long enough. For planning purposes anyway […] Read More

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Daughter, dog and ducks on a walk around the pond on a beautiful fall afternoon.   […] Read More

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Variety of tent styles at the Snow Walkers' Rendezvous.   […] Read More

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Snow Walkers' Rendezvous, in the tent with Derek and Paul. Living the good life under canvas.   […] Read More

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Making a grip of sourdough pancakes this morning. Indoor kitchens are great!   […] Read More

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Chest-deep in the lake for 20 minutes taking the dock out today. Cold water is serious business, really tired afterward.   […] Read More

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Pulling Toboggans

The Snow Walker's Rendezvous is this weekend in Fairlee, Vermont. If you're interested in traditional winter gear and techniques in the north, it's one that you shouldn't miss. I've been going for 15 years, and it keeps getting better. This year I'm traveling with Paul Sveum, who will be presenting on the 21-day Boundary Waters […] Read More

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Winter survival and preparedness article by Jonathan Olivier, in which we're quoted heavily. Prepare for Winter Emergencies with These Simple Survival Practices Fire was my saving grace as a kid, camping in the dead of winter with a few friends on our breaks from school. We would often only sleep a few hour […] Read More

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Every time I vote I think about the American revolution. I wish current generations valued democracy like they did in 1776.   […] Read More

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Aroostook River Frontage

After seven busy years, we will no longer be offering programs at our 41 acre field school. Today we're closing on an adjacent piece of property, and now we'll be offering programs at our 61 acre field school. If you know the lay of the land around here, the purchase includes the land from the […] Read More

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On Being Yourself

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When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time playing street hockey during the warm seasons and pond hockey during the frozen one. As we were in New Hampshire, we all wanted to be players from the Boston Bruins. My brother would usually pretend he was Bobby Orr. I always liked the scrappy […] Read More

Categories: Educational Philosophy, General

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I heard a while back that there are no other places named Masardis in the USA or Canada. A quick internet search led me to a page that said there are no other places named Masardis in the world. As such, I've decided to refer to it as simply Masardis, and no longer Masardis, Maine. […] Read More

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At the town docks for the Halloween parade and the lake looks beautiful.   […] Read More

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Newfound Celebrity

Howe Brook In Autumn

This past week saw several interesting developments for me as my sphere of influence has seemingly broadened. Yes, the tv show for which I'm part of the cast debuted it's second season. It's called Dude You're Screwed and I'll be in an episode on Christmas eve. More on that later. This isn't about that. For […] Read More

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Guide Shack At Sunset

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A Snowshoe Primer

Hanging Pot With Snowshoes

I was a boy when I received my first pair of snowshoes, a wood-framed, rawhide-laced (the rawhide was traditionally made from moose hide and known as babiche, pronounced "bab-eesh") pair made in Maine that took me on countless boyhood journeys through the winter woods. Since then, I've snowshoed all over Maine, New Hampshire, New Brunswick, […] Read More

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Empty parking lot: our 28th long-term immersion program is officially completed […] Read More

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Pounding A Huge Piece Of Ash   […] Read More

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Aroostook River Frontage

Morning on the Aroostook River. Prettiest river in Maine.   […] Read More

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Basketry final project, various styles.   […] Read More

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First snow flurries of the year this morning. Beautiful cool afternoon.   […] Read More

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Flint and steel fire lighting today. Last week of the semester.   […] Read More

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Smoking hides to finish the braintanning process.   […] Read More

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Calling in the mother ship? Too much time in the woods? Both?   […] Read More

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Roast hog, dutch oven cakes, sourdough bread: living like kings!   […] Read More

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Roasting a pig in camp today. Going to be an epic supper.   […] Read More

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Morning project: finishing a pack basket mold.   […] Read More

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Finished hand axe from a leaf spring. No forge used, heated in rocket stove.   […] Read More

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On the Moose Throne, wielding the Sceptre Of Power, meteing out wisdom.   […] Read More

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Putting a rim on a newly made pack basket.   […] Read More

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Lucky the wonder dog taking a break from her busy camp schedule to nap in the sun.   […] Read More

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Making a simple axe head with the big rocket stove as a heat source. Forge is still drying out.   […] Read More

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Lynx near camp just now

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Lynx near camp just now. Grainy photo because its cropped and zoomed in.   […] Read More

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Hard frost overnight

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Hard frost overnight. Everything is coated in ice this AM; my daughter would say it looks like fairyland.   […] Read More

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Sanding a new canoe paddle made with simple hand tools.   […] Read More

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Pulling hides this Saturday morning. Making braintan for mukluks.   […] Read More

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Still eating greens but getting the rest of the garden ready for winter.   […] Read More

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Pounding brown ash for baskets this morning. Not an intellectual exercise.   […] Read More

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Pack baskets progressing nicely. Hides in the background also coming along.   […] Read More

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New handmade axe sheath with adjustable cord lock tensioner. Innovation in the field.   […] Read More

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Scraping deer hides to start the braintanning process.   […] Read More

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Chicken breast grilled directly on the coals. A great way to cook meat using no implements. Great campfire lunch.   […] Read More

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Grilled chicken in a raquette on the fire.   […] Read More

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Pin cherry homemade wine

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Pin cherry homemade wine. Sampling a bit of the recent vintage. Fantastic.   […] Read More

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Rebuilding the field school forge: packing clay mix around tuyere.   […] Read More

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Weaving half-round baskets out of willow, red osier dogwood and spruce roots.   […] Read More

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Harvesting wild apples today. A fruit picker is an amazing piece of kit for getting the high ones.   […] Read More

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Group Dome Shelter 2014

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Check out our group winter shelter complete with vestibule, raised bed and wood stove, and learn the four things that every shelter needs to accomplish. Group Dome Shelter Fall 2014 […] Read More

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People are coming back from solos. Just heard from one guy who had a hugely positive experience.   […] Read More

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Looking east toward New Brunswick from the field school on a beautiful fall afternoon.   […] Read More

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Wall tents in late afternoon sunlight.   […] Read More

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Carving A Pack Basket Mold   […] Read More

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Instructors hanging out

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Instructors hanging out. Everyone out on solos, quiet camp, beautiful fall day.   […] Read More

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Artisan sourdough bread, reflector oven style.   […] Read More

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Smoke house security guard, keeping the meat safe.   […] Read More

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The Fat Of The Land

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The Fat Of The Land. Ruffed grouse and wild apples.   […] Read More

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Snow Walkers' Rendezvous - new web site and registration form. Registration is open. Snow Walkers' Rendezvous 2014 | Wilderness Canoe Symposium 2014 Snow Walkers' Rendezvous November 7-9, 2014, Hulbert Outdoor Center, Fairlee, Vermont, USA. 1995 found a group of Traditional Northern Winter Travelers gathering at the Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee, Vermont. Their idea was […] Read More

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Opening day of ruffed grouse season. First bird of the year.   […] Read More

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Lost a bet with another participant and had to fell a tree while wearing a dress.   […] Read More

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Stove in the foreground, raised bed for 8, dogs under bed. Shelter done, warm and cozy.   […] Read More

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Bough bed on the raised platfom, group shelter.   […] Read More

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Covering the dome with a parachute. Notice the guy standing on the roof.   […] Read More

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Building a group shelter today for the coming cold weather.   […] Read More

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Fly casting practice, unseasonably warm day. We’ll be swimming later.   […] Read More

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Dutch oven sourdough doughnuts cooked on a rocket stove. It rarely gets better than this.   […] Read More

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Found a baby turtle

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Found a baby turtle. Thought it was a kid’s toy at first. Here he’s sitting on my hand.   […] Read More

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Escape or Embrace

Wet-Snow Weather Fire

During the Wilderness Bushcraft Semester we do two-night solos where participants head into the forest alone with very minimal kit. For many people it isn't easy to unplug from the modern world and be alone with themselves. We can get so distracted with life, the internet and everything that our minds are almost never where […] Read More

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Makin' Snowshoes

What: New and coming to the folk school November 10-14, we're taking a bunch of make your own gear projects specific to winter and combining them into a weeklong class called The Winter Craftsman. The focus for 2014 will be making your own plastic trail toboggan and sewing your own braintan mukluks. Other options will […] Read More

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Stunning sunset over the pond. Never gets old.   […] Read More

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How Maine Axes Were Made In 1965. Documentary shot at Emerson & Stevens in Oakland […] Read More

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Dick Proenneke Letter

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In 1996 I was living in a 12-foot trailer in Sterling, Alaska, behind a friend of mine's house. He told me about a guy who was a friend of his friend that lived in a small cabin he built across Cook Inlet in Lake Clark National Park. He also said that some of his journals […] Read More

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The Mornin' Joe

The Frozen 48 is a winter survival challenge where participants head into the boreal forest of northern Maine for 48 hours with minimal gear. It's not easy. Many people have done a night in the winter woods without a tent or sleeping bag. It's the second night that gets you. That's where training, skill and […] Read More

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Arctic Manual by Vilhjalmur Stefansson as free download. This is a must have book for those interested in native life in the polar north. Thanks to Alan Halcon and his fantastic blog (if you're not reading it you're missing out) for the links. Arctic Manual.... Free E-Book - outdoor self reliance Non-professionals go to school […] Read More

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Join the Wilderness Bushcraft Semester on a flatwater canoe trip in Aroostook County, Maine. See us canoeing, cooking and baking on the fire, demonstrating the secret ninja technique of using a wooden sword to knock arrows out of the air, and the most epic rope swing north of Knowles Corner. Up In The County […] Read More

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Winter is just around the corner. Looking forward to hitting the trail.   […] Read More

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Wet Weather Fire Video

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Demonstrating wet weather fire by sectioning, splitting and contact splitting with an axe, then using a knife to carve feathers. Finally lighting with one match. First video shot during the fall, 2014 semester, and the first by our video guy, Heath Spielberg. Wet Weather Fire […] Read More

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First video shot this semester by our video guy, Heath Spielberg […] Read More

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Leaving on a 3-day walkabout with homemade gear. Outfitter shop not needed.   […] Read More

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Merganser in the dutch oven

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Merganser in the dutch oven. Harvested today. We heard it wasn’t good, but it turned out great!   […] Read More

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Feather stick fire-for-coffee exercise in camp this morning.   […] Read More

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Fish in a freshly-carved deadfall trap.   […] Read More

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Poling practice, lunch break

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Poling practice, lunch break. Beautiful day on the Aroostook River!  […] Read More

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Congrats to Maine’s newest registered guide, Tom Belluscio […] Read More

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Log drive remnants

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Log drive remnants. Rings for attaching boom chains on the Aroostook.  […] Read More

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Removing stubborn wood from the eye of an old Snow & Neally 2.5 lb axe head. Slow going.  […] Read More

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Amazing northern lights show in camp tonight. Always neat to be with people seeing them for the first time […] Read More

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Grass for a blanket, first frost tonight. Farewell bugs, see you in the spring!  […] Read More

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My view this morning: camped on Squapan lake with the Wilderness Bushcraft Semester.  […] Read More

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Paddles today

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Paddles today. Had a dutch oven dinner. Now to the river for a swim. Great time of year.  […] Read More

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Cooking his first dutch oven dinner. Pork shoulder. Like a boss!  […] Read More

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Jack Mountain on weather.com.  I'm not sure how meteorology can be a lifesaving skill, but it's still pretty cool. 10 Lifesaving Skills You Could Learn at Survival Camp - weather.com Emergencies come in all shapes and sizes, and preparing for different disaster scenarios is no different. Here's what you can learn from the experts. View […] Read More

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Making paddles at the field school: 28th JMBS semester course is underway.  […] Read More

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Although the nights are just starting to get cool we’ve been thinking about snow and ice and planning our winter schedule. Below is a preview of the programs we’re offering.Winter Bushcraft, Survival And Expedition Program 2015 PreviewOur winter bushcraft, survival, guide training and expedition programs scheduled for 2015 in Maine, Quebec and New Hampshire […] Read More

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Winter Sunset

Although the nights are just starting to get cool we've been thinking about snow and ice and planning our winter schedule. Below is a preview of the programs we're offering. Additionally, we'll be offering the Winter Craftsman course in November where you can make your own mukluks and toboggan, bend and lace snowshoes, and more. […] Read More

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Crew at Grand Pitch, East Branch of the Penobscot, Maine.  […] Read More

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It's more work getting to camp after dark, but the tradeoff is being out during beautiful sunsets such as this one. The lake was like glass as we paddled several miles across Telos to Telos Landing. View this post on Google+ […] Read More

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Notice the inverted canoe used as a lunch table and the green food pack sitting in shallow water to keep the contents cool. View this post on Google+ […] Read More

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Lining Webster Stream

A tragedy was narrowly avoided on our recent paddling trip down Webster Stream during the Wilderness Canoe Expedition Semester. Near the end of the stream there is a half-mile carry around an unrunnable falls known as Grand Pitch. The take out is about 25 yards upstream of the horizon line for the falls, which means […] Read More

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Kids Cooking With Fire

The beautiful weather of mid-August has arrived! My two week summer break between the end of the Wilderness Canoe Expedition Semester and the beginning of the Wilderness Bushcraft Semester beginning August 24th has been filled with family time, but also a few folk school programs. Last Thursday, as part of the self reliance workshop series […] Read More

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Cooking dinner on the East Branch of the Penobscot.  Tripod with a galley pole.  How we cooked all our meals during our month on the river.  No stoves. View this post on Google+ […] Read More

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Morning Poling Round Pond

The 2014 Wilderness Canoe Expedition Semester was an amazing month on the river. Everyone spent the month in a solo boat, but they were our 18 and 16 foot Prospecters, not small boats designed for solo use. Everyone also used a paddle that they had carved and a pole that they had made. These were […] Read More

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The half-mile carry around the Hulling Machine rapid on the East Branch of the Penobscot.  We did all of our carries in three trips. View this post on Google+ […] Read More

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Tim Cole and Tim Smith at Allagash falls on the recent Wilderness Canoe Expedition Semester, just before jumping in and swimming the rapid just below the falls. View this post on Google+ […] Read More

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2 quart stainless pail for $9 plus a $0.50 pot lid from the thrift store is my new favorite personal pot, and part of my group cook kit. Amazon.com : ProSelect Stainless Steel Heavy Duty Pail, 6-Inch, 2-Quart : Pet Bowls : Pet Supplies Amazon.com : ProSelect Stainless Steel Heavy Duty Pail, 6-Inch, 2-Quart : […] Read More

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Lining canoes over the remains of Long Lake dam on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. Wilderness Canoe Expedition Semester 2014. Notice how the rope is pulling from under the boat - that's the secret to lining. View this post on Google+ […] Read More

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Baxter State Park, Maine. Part of our 4-week canoe expedition. Missing the team already - it's amazing how tight you become after 4 weeks in the bush.  That's yours truly. View this post on Google+ […] Read More

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Man Fire Food visits the Jack Mountain field school to cook bushcraft style.  Check it out on the cooking channel on August 5th at 8pm EST. Man Fire Food : Cooking Channel Man Fire Food features the inventive ways Americans cook with fire. From small campfires to creative... View this post on Google+ […] Read More

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