Tim Smith

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Spending the day with family in the Ossipee mountains. Great views of the NH lakes region. At Castle In The Clouds   […] Read More

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Great fly fishing class tonight. Thanks to Sumner Brook Fish Farm for hosting. Tight loops!   […] Read More

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New wannigan

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New wannigan. Instead of just varnish, this one is first getting fiberglass cloth and West System epoxy. Super strong   […] Read More

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This afternoon's fly fishing workshop is full. If the lightning is bad, we'll reschedule. If its just rain, its on.   […] Read More

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Just watched this guy swim across the pond. Don't know the species, but a great swimmer!   […] Read More

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Rainy day, but first one in ten weeks I'm not running a course. Getting excited about the canoe expedition.   […] Read More

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Finishing a pack basket. One of many projects being completed this afternoon, the last one on the Woodsman course.   […] Read More

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Making a burn bowl by the campfire. Super-productive week on the Woodsman course.   […] Read More

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Fire by friction with a bow drill. One of the technologies that got us where we are as a species.   […] Read More

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15 minutes later, some dirt and a piece of angle iron cut in half, and the new rocket stove is cooking lunch.   […] Read More

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Making a new rocket stove for our outdoor kitchen. Metal can, stove pipe, hammer and cold chisel.   […] Read More

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Making rope with hand spinners. Back to the basics.   […] Read More

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Building saw frames and getting ready for the rain, JMBS Woodsman Course.   […] Read More

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Woodsman course, tents in the field. Off to a busy start with the four axe majors and carving bow drills.   […] Read More

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Primitive tool kit as final project. Stick a fork in our 30th long-term immersion program, it's done.   […] Read More

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Crossbow as a final project. Wilderness Bushcraft Semester # 30, nine weeks almost over.   […] Read More

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Two epic days canoeing the Big Machias river and Pratt Stream. Big water & tons of wildlife.   […] Read More

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Pulling braintan buckskin on a cable. This is where the magic transformation happens: from slimy hide to buckskin.   […] Read More

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Beginning the braintanning process today: fleshing and scraping deer hides. Will eventually become mukluks.   […] Read More

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Full rain buckets, 2nd day of rain. Always amazed at the human response to weather. Can quickly crush group morale.   […] Read More

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Pouring rain and 49 degrees. June in northern Maine.   […] Read More

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Out enjoying the 2

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Out enjoying the 2.3 miles of new trails at the field school. Aroostook river on the left.   […] Read More

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Finishing a pack basket. Wilderness Bushcraft Semester week 7 is full of big craft projects   […] Read More

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Shave horse, spoke shave, wood becoming a canoe paddle. Hand tools and going slow.   […] Read More

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First-time paddle maker, turned out beautiful.   […] Read More

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Wilderness Bushcraft Semester week 7: nets, hammocks, paddles and pack baskets.   […] Read More

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5 large ice creams

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5 large ice creams. i saw it live. True story.   […] Read More

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Only the chosen one can wield The Spoon Of Destiny!   […] Read More

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There's a new sherriff in town. Iron Spoon challenge met. This is large ice cream number 5.   […] Read More

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Making a spoon from rebar in order to take on the Iron Spoon Challenge: 4 large ice creams from the Quik Stop 2.   […] Read More

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May 23, snowing hard and fast in Masardis. Glad I waited on putting in the garden.   […] Read More

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Making grass mattresses. Good sleeps on the grass-o-pedic.   […] Read More

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And a whole bunch of live moose, bald eagles and a whole family of otters […] Read More

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Saw two more dead moose on our trip. One was in the river […] Read More

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Back, a week on the river. Awesome time. 60 miles from the headwaters to the field school. Photo from a woods road.   […] Read More

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Paddle making: using draw knives to shape the blanks. Hand tools, process not product.   […] Read More

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Beginning the canoe paddle-making process: tracing a blade onto a paddle blank.   […] Read More

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Life Returns

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Life Returns. Every year when green returns after a long winter I'm completely amazed.   […] Read More

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After a long build up, my son and I are sitting down to watch the movie Troll 2, the worst movie (supposedly) ever made […] Read More

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Land navigation exercise this morning: map, compass and barehand.   […] Read More

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Making rope for canoe lining bridles. Poling the Blackwater River this afternoon.   […] Read More

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Tony Nester is one of my favorite writers on bushcraft and survival skills. I enjoy his easy writing style, and an fascinated and entertained by his descriptions of the southwest. This morning, May 5th here in northern Maine, I woke up early and sat with Life Under Open Skies with my morning coffee. I was […] Read More

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After a long day paddling, cooking a triple stack of dutch ovens for supper. Sourdough, spicy chicken, custard.   […] Read More

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First day on the water for 2015. Beautiful sunny day, still some ice.   […] Read More

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Beautiful day, had my first outdoor shower of the year. Feeling clean! Solar hot water, hoist a bucket.   […] Read More

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Windy and rainy lately, so we made a windbreak/raincoat for dutch oven cooking out of blocks and a barrel lid.   […] Read More

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Found a dead moose halfway up the mountain. He hadn't been dead long.   […] Read More

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Great hike up Deboulie mountain in the north Maine woods Saturday. Still some pockets of deep snow.   […] Read More

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Finished crooked knife. Heated in an open fire, shaped with a file.   […] Read More

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Making buck saws

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Making buck saws. Carry the blade, make the rest in the forest.   […] Read More

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Coal burning a burl to make a wooden bowl. The slow way to make a container.   […] Read More

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Bending crooked knives, heated in a small rocket stove. No forge, simple knife making.   […] Read More

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Cutting the bevel on a crooked knife in progress. Making simple knives during week 2 of the WB semester.   […] Read More

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Tinder Bundle Blowing

The 2015 Woodsman course is full and registration is closed.  We’ve received numerous inquiries, so we’re opening another week long course in August.  There’s been a two year gap since we’ve ran the Bushman Course, a primitive skills and primitive survival intensive, but we’ve got it on the calendar for August 8-15.  If you’re looking […] Read More

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Bow drill fire lighting this morning. Newly-carved sets and challenging cold and damp conditions.   […] Read More

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Great weekend in New Brunswick with my old friend Jeff Butler from Northwoods Survival. Good talks. Inspiring.   […] Read More

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Field school rocket stoves. Snow is melting in open spots. Still deep in the bush, but not for long.   […] Read More

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Open fire lunch on the snow. Bannock, soup, coffee and tea.   […] Read More

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Our 30th bushcraft semester course begins today. And yes, there's a story behind this photo.   […] Read More

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Ice is going out on the Aroostook. 7 foot snow drifts on the road. We'll be walking in for a while.   […] Read More

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Canoe, Pack Basket, Axe. Traditional Maine Guide tools.   […] Read More

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Dome Thatched With Fir Boughs. Built a few years back during a fall semester.   […] Read More

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Wall Tents At The Field School. One week until the spring semester begins, getting excited.   […] Read More

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Morning Paddle

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Morning Paddle. These days will be here soon. Ice is melting!   […] Read More

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Snow is melting and I'm thinking dangerous thoughts. Is this the year we canoe the Mosie river?   […] Read More

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Breakfast In Camp

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Breakfast In Camp. Eggs and sourdough biscuits.   […] Read More

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End Of The Carry

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End Of The Carry. End of the carry around Munsungun Falls in the north Maine woods.   […] Read More

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Canoe Tarp Shelter

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Canoe Tarp Shelter. Traditional gear on a north Maine woods river trip.   […] Read More

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Twenty Footer Rigged To Carry. Paddles lashed in to help distribute the weight of the boat when it's on my shoulders.   […] Read More

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Morning Paddle

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Morning Paddle. Mist and bright sunshine.   […] Read More

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Mist and bright sunlight at Round Pond on the Allagash.   […] Read More

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After lots of discussion and staring at maps, we've decided on the route for this summer's 4-week Wilderness Canoe Expedition Semester. We'll be running the Allagash from Chamberlain bridge to Allagash Village. Then we'll rest and resupply at the field school for 2 days before hiking with minimal gear in Baxter state park for four […] Read More

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Beautiful lines of a 20' wood canvas canoe.   […] Read More

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A double stack of dutch ovens, sourdough biscuits in the reflector oven, kettles of coffee and water and the clear blue sky for a roof. This is living.   […] Read More

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Waterfall at the north end of Baxter State Park in Maine. Hot summer day, and the water was freezing. It never warms up. We all got ice cream headaches as a result of swimming, but so refreshing after a long hike.   […] Read More

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Canoes and Katahdin, Epic Maine photo shot by Sam Racioppi during the fall Wilderness Bushcraft Semester.   […] Read More

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Twilight At The Waters' Edge. Inch of snow today, but spring is right around the corner.   […] Read More

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Canoe reflection

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Canoe reflection. I love these shots when the water is like glass, reflecting back the world above it.   […] Read More

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Grouse In The Alders

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Grouse In The Alders. Shot at the field school. Grouse are often hanging around, but somehow they know to not hang around during hunting season!   […] Read More

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Katahdin In The Morning. Loading canoes with Katahdin in the background on a beautiful fall morning.   […] Read More

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Morning In Camp

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Morning In Camp. Coffee, oats and sourdough biscuits.   […] Read More

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Flat Water Paddling Practice. First day of spring, excited about getting out on the liquid water.   […] Read More

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Winter Won't Quit! Still tons of snow on the ground and we've had crazy wind for the past few days. Really, really looking forward to some warmer weather. Pic is from the Boreal Snowshoe Expedition, taken on a cold and windy day.   […] Read More

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Poling Up The Stream

We're just over four weeks out from the start of the spring Wilderness Bushcraft Semester. We're making some changes to the course this spring, most notably planning more time out on the trail canoeing the remote waterways of northern Maine. We'll be all over the Aroostook drainage and I'm leaving the door open for the […] Read More

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Two Different Sleds

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Two Different Sleds. In the foreground, a 3-strake wooden toboggan. In the background, a sled with runners. They perform differently and are built for different conditions.   […] Read More

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Sawing Up Firewood

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Sawing Up Firewood. We cut a lot of firewood during the Boreal Snowshoe Expedition. Love the wide angle gopro shots.   […] Read More

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Long Walk To The Water Hole. Filling pails to cook dinner.   […] Read More

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Life Under Canvas

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Life Under Canvas. Living the good life on the trail.   […] Read More

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Cranberry dutch oven cake. Snow day, kids have cabin fever so I put them to work in the kitchen.   […] Read More

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Hauling toboggans after the lunch stop on a perfect winter day.   […] Read More

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Five Brook Trout

The GI Bill covers 100% of tuition and fees for our immersion programs. I get asked this question often, so I added it to the FAQ on our GI Bill page. We're changing our deposit policy for those on the GI Bill beginning beginning after the fall, 2015 Wilderness Bushcraft Semester. Going forward, we're adding […] Read More

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The Backlit Axeman

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The Backlit Axeman. Heading out for a load of firewood on the Boreal Snowshoe Expeditions.   […] Read More

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Never get tired of this view. And I never take my good fortune for granted.   […] Read More

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I can't remember if someone told me or if I read that coffin-shaped toboggans, widest a few feet from the bow and tapered at both ends, pull better than rectangular toboggans. Regardless of how I came to know that as true, I've believed it since I started pulling toboggans and camping with them in the […] Read More

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Snow sculpted by the wind.   […] Read More

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Quickie Snow Shelter

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Quickie Snow Shelter. Dug in 5 minutes with a snowshoe in wind-packed snow. It was well below zero degrees F, which is when snow shelters are at their best. Note the stylish, relaxed pose, making it look extra-inviting.   […] Read More

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Meanwhile our crack team of trackers have been scouring the remote corners of the north woods searching for sign of the elusive samsquantch.   […] Read More

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Although the snow is still more than waist deep and we have yet to hit mud season, today will be the second day in a row where the mercury tops 40 degrees F. Spring isn't here yet, but it's coming. So I wanted to take a look back on a really busy, amazing winter. It […] Read More

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Tending the cooking fire on the BSE. I love the way the flames look in this photo.   […] Read More

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Broken Axe Handle

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Broken Axe Handle. He had just hung that old Emerson & Stevens head before the trip. Must have been some bad wood.   […] Read More

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Axe Safety? This technique was not covered during the axe safety lecture, but what could go wrong?   […] Read More

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Quick look around our 8-sided tent on the Boreal Snowshoe Expedition […] Read More

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After some shovel work, I'm declaring the dutch oven cooking season open! Tired of waiting.   […] Read More

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Tent Bound

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Tent Bound. Cozy in the tent while the wind howls outside on the 2015 Boreal Snowshoe Expedition.   […] Read More

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Snowshoeing Through The Birches. A beautiful birch glade in Quebec.   […] Read More

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Tom by the tent at the winter carnival. Tent and stove from the incomparable Don Kevilus at Four Dog Stove.   […] Read More

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Cooking birds next to the wood stove in Quebec.   […] Read More

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We'll be a the winter carnival all afternoon. Stop by the tent and say hi! Town of Wolfeboro - Wolfeboro Winter Carnival! Wolfeboro Winter Carnival […] Read More

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New Toboggans

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New Toboggans. We made a bunch of them for the trip. It really helped to spread out the load of gear and food when everyone had a ten-foot sled.   […] Read More

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Walking out to the water hole.   […] Read More

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Peaceful Winter Camp

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Peaceful Winter Camp. Tom Belluscio shot this one, and when we looked at the trip pictures everyone loved it.   […] Read More

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Endless Winter

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Endless Winter. It was ten below with a gusty wind when the boys decided to have a little fun and take a 'tasteful nude' photo. There was even talk of a men of Jack Mountain calendar. This photo reminds me that winter expeditions aren't just a lot of work, they're a lot of fun.   […] Read More

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Congratulations to Maine's newest registered guide, Nikki Calhoun […] Read More

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Congratulations to Maine's newest registered guide, Fil Salonek […] Read More

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Winter Expedition Kit

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Winter Expedition Kit. From the Boreal Snowshoe Expedition, wooden toboggan, snowshoes, axe, ice chisel, wood stove, wall tent, folding saw.   […] Read More

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2015 Boreal Snowshoe Expedition Team   […] Read More

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Amazing photos shot on our recent trip to Quebec by Nick Gallop. Nick Gallop Photography http://photos.nickgallop.com/#!/index/G0000oDbqMaxEi9k Nick Gallop Photography - Documentary wilderness and outdoor photography. Commercial photographer […] Read More

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Bacon bannock

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Bacon bannock. It was as good as it looks. We ate well on the Boreal Snowshoe Expedition.   […] Read More

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Camp 2, nestled among the hemlocks and balsam fir. Home from the expedition, unpacking today.   […] Read More

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Boreal Snowshoe Expedition last day, tent bound because of a howling wind. Back to the world tomorrow. Great trip […] Read More

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Back in cell coverage

Back in cell coverage. Day 12 of the Boreal Snowshoe Expedition, 2 days to go. Group is comfortable and happy. Great trip […] Read More

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Photos aren't posting, on the ragged edge of cell coverage. Will post them when we get back […] Read More

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Camp 3, tents snuggled under large spruces and hemlocks. No break in the cold, and windy […] Read More

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Content

Content. A warm stove, big pile of wood and cozy, dry tent. Living well on the trail in northern Maine […] Read More

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Warm in a tent tonight

Warm in a tent tonight. The stove is hot, gear is dry and the laughs are many […] Read More

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On the trail, Boreal snowshoe Expedition 2015.   […] Read More

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Sleeping under the stars at -18F. Bad day of driving. Boreal Snowshoe Expedition night 1. Warm sleeping bag = good […] Read More

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Chiseling a series of holes in order to set a fish net under the ice. Notice the net being stretched on the left.   […] Read More

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Tips on staying warm during Maine winters from the Bangor Daily News, with a few quotes by yours truly. Ways to stay warm in Maine’s snowy outdoors As the temperature drops and snow piles up, many people hide indoors. And it’s no surprise. The frozen Maine wilderness can be a harsh and unforgiving place. But […] Read More

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On the snowshoe trail in northern Quebec. Surrounded by snow covered black spruce, it was stunningly cold, harsh and beautiful.   […] Read More

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Tim on the ice

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Tim on the ice.   […] Read More

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Our tent camp in northern Quebec, nestled among the black spruce on the shore of a lake.   […] Read More

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On the trail in Quebec

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On the trail in Quebec. Snowshoes, spruce and fur.   […] Read More

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Back in NH from a week in northern Quebec. Amazing experience. Pic of the truck thermometer showing -40.   […] Read More

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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

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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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