Paddlers Journey Up North
Ages: 13 - 15
Our intermediate/advanced level training program is for everyone who loves the sport of white water paddling. Students without prior paddling experience may be asked to complete Intro to White Water II.
After spending a day and a half practicing kayak rolling, helping on the Kroka Farm and preparing for our expedition, we will depart for the West Branch of the Penobscot River. Hidden deep in the Northwoods of Maine, we will set our basecamp at the bottom of Seboomook Rapids. This stretch of the river is as good as it gets anywhere in the world with classic class II-III drop-pool rapids, gorgeous scenery, and warm water. Here, surrounded by a majestic boreal forest, we will train for five days culminating with our infamous adventure race. Next, we will move downstream to the Ripogenus section of the West Branch, where the river is much larger. While advanced students will be ready to kayak and canoe this section, beginner and intermediate students will migrate to the safety of Russian catarafts for the larger class IV. To round out our journey, we will summit Mount Katahdin, Maine’s highest peak, at dawn! This year, for the first time, students will have opportunity to train in newly designed inflatable kayaks and stand up paddle boards.