spring canoe trip one Day

Pride and Moral at all time low I was supper motivated this morning and thinking when I get to town this after noon im buying a bobber and getting a new pen. Things when down hill around lunch. I took a tumble in the canoe through some rapids and lost my GoPro and solarcharger. The plan is to go diving to look for it tomarrow and i’m praying that I can find it. Dont know what else to say I really liked the GoPro it just doesn’t float. If I find it pictures will start being uploaded if not im going to have to get some pictures from my friend Topher from ecoreverent.com

Two days had passed after the loss of my GoPro and we were going back to look for it. Tim, Greg, Lessa, and Topher were on a mission to find the lost items from tumble I took. Three canoes poled up stream to try and find the GoPro. After what seemed like an eternity a we passed over a white object in the water so I rolled out of the canoe grabbed an extra pole from the canoe and proceeded to walk up the rapids till I made it to the object. And there it was the lost GoPro was found. Even though the water was freezing cold and I was soaking wet, it was all worth it to find the GoPro.

almost half done spring canoe trip

About two(2) days till we reach the half done with the spring trip we have been out here for ten(10) days my energy is low because the hammock is cold when its rainey and windy only seeing a couple hours of sun, if that, each day. Nearing close to a thousand pictures on My GoPro there is going to be some awesome pictures but i dont know what they look like untill I put them on my computer because there is no screen on the GoPro. I have the attachment to see the pictures but it burns through the battery and with almost no sun I cant afford that wasted battery.

Day nine of spring canoe trip

Thought I lost my GoPro today. Here is what happened. While poling down the rapids and trying to dodge a strainer (a big object usually an tree or a big rock that all the water is going straight twards), my pole got stuck in between two rocks so I dropped the pole so it would not break. I quickly grabbed my paddle to try and keep going in the direction that I needed to go. After gaining a little control of the canoe I work my way over to the shore in order to try and get in a contra currant (counter current). The current was still moving very fast and just before I reach the eddie (counter current) a tree smacked me right in the face but I was ok. When I got to the eddie I looked back and thought maybe i should take a picture to show how rough this area was. So I reached up to the mount on my hat where the GoPro sits and my heart dropped, no GoPro. I was really distraught but I finished the day and while removing the gear from the canoe I saw it my GoPro it had fallen behind me and then slid to the back of the canoe thats when decided that I needed a life line tied to the GoPro so I took some rope and tied it to the back and then to myself so when im on the water I won’t loose the GoPro. I have also decided to get a bobber to put on the back because the GoPro sinks.

Spring canoe trip day eight

 

Havent seen more than an hour of sunlight in four (4) days now. I’ve been able to charge my GoPro just enough to keep it going but thats all. Since I lost my pen i cant write down whats been going on I tried using my phone but it died. It snowed today but felt more like small pieces of hail each one was a little bigger than the dots in a dip n dots ice cream cup. Moral is kind of low probably cause it rains or snows everyday all day and we have to fight the rapids. On the up side of it all I have yet to flip a canoe in the rapids im pretty happy about that

Day three of the spring canoe trip

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Today we canoed about 10 miles. It rained all day but even though the weather was poor we all seemed to have a good time. After camp was set up we tracked some animal and studied the plants in that area. The thing I like about a canoe trip is you can take alot of gear and food to keep some of the comforts we are all yous to. Still no fish caught in the group but things are still looking up. Learning to fly fish on this trip its different and take some practice to get the casts down.

day one of spring canoe trip

May 8, 2013

Today we practiced canoe paddle strokes and a refresh on how to pole up and down stream. A good majority of the poling practice was in a class 2 rapid. I went fishing early this morning but no fish were caught, i had fun though it was a beautiful morning. Nicolas and my self cooked sour dough biscuits, in the reflector oven, for the group today. Sourdough starter is an amazing thing because it is alive as long as you have a little left in the container you can make more by adding flour and water. As for my sleeping conditions im still loving my hammock. I find that setting up a hammock is much easier than setting up a tent every day. The past few days have been beautiful in the high 70s to low 80s and clound coverage of about 10 to 20 percent of the sky, thats pretty crazy for Maine.

 

Adventure Photos

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Some recent photos

Spring canoeing adventure trip

The up coming trip on the Aroostook river and Allagash river are going to be amazing. The pictures will be up as soon as possible, after the trip. It’s crazy what you can do with a mobile phone these days I have tthe ability to update or post on it as long as i’m still in cell range,which i believe that I will be for a good majority of the trip, unfortunately I can not upload pictures unless they are taken with the phone, but I’ve gotten myself a GoPro Hero 2 for this trip. I hear the the GoPro is the best outdoor camera for the differnt kinds of adventures I have done and want to do in the future. I have had a few operating problem with the GoPro but believe that I have them all figured out.

We set out on the Aroostook river on tuesday May 7th preperations for the trip are nearly complete.

 

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I got the idea today from my friend Topher at ecoreverent.com   that I should write a post about what gear I am bringing on this canoe expedition and why I am bringing these items.

The first item I was looking at packing was my sleeping gear.  My first thought was to bring a tent, which needs a lot of space and seems like a waste of what little energy I may have left after a long day of paddling and poling the river in a canoe all day.  My second thought, and what I inevitably decided on, was to get a hammock because it can be small light weight and does not need much space to setup. My hammock is a skeeter beeter, I love having the bug net on it so that the bugs don’t tear me up at night. My sleeping bag is a Coleman 0 degree bag which is nice but I would rate it more like a 30 degree bag because I still get kind of cold at 30 degrees.  I also carry a wool blanket which you can pick up for cheap at an army surplus store. The wool blanket comes in handy, its warm, probably one of the heaviest items in my bag but I can put it under me to help me stay warmer in my hammock.  I bought a campers axe which I bought at Estwing, the axe is nice light weight, solid steel, and fairly inexpensive.  The idea behind this axe seems awesome but the blade is thin and chips easily it is also not very good at splitting wood after you cut a fairly sized tree down. I am still in the process of looking for a good bushman’s axe, I’ve been thinking of looking for an old forestry axe.  I looked for a long time to find a knife that fits me. My personal preference is a full tang knife with a good sturdy blade, but if you are looking for a good inexpensive knife, carbon steel mora knives are great and hold a very good edge, but are not full tang. My Backpack is a 60l internal frame backpack by Columbus. Love this pack its light and fits my back very well. The last remaining items in my pack is toilet paper(because leave aren’t that soft), a first aid kit(for the best first aid kit build it yourself with everything you need), an oil skin jacket (it’s a windbreaker and a poncho), a wide brim oil skin canvas hat(wide brim is the way to go when out in the sun all day, I also like that it too is waterproof like my oil skin jacket), toiletries( toothbrush, toothpaste, I like to have dental picks, finger nail clippers), and a variety of cloths (swim suit, shorts, shirts, light long-sleeve shirt, a pair of pants, socks and underwear). When it comes to cookware I use the zebra pot, this pot I have had for a long time it’s very durable and come in three(3) different sizes, I personally have the largest one but the mid or small would be good for a single person

 

Packing for Spring Expedition

Welcome to my first post. There will be many more post in the near future. Leaving in a few days for a month long canoe trip in maine camping along the river the whole time; this should be fun.

Arrived at the camp in northern Maine. The plan right now is to set off on the river either monday or tuesday. I have a couple days to chill before we head out on the waters.

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