Archive for the ‘Staff Wanderings and Ponderings’ Category

How to pack for a canoe trip

April 7, 2015

Now that the weather is warming up, our thoughts turn so easily to summer and preparing for our canoe adventures! Do you have everything you need? Wondering how to pack for a canoe trip? Take a look at this awesome tutorial created by our outstanding tripping staff- Isabella Fink, Andrew Miller and Eric Miller.

The Journey North

June 10, 2013

The pace and scope of my work has increased steadily over the past few weeks as I attempt to develop the velocity necessary to escape the gravitational pull of home and office and make my way to Temagami for the summer.  38 years of seasonal migration have done nothing to diminish the excitement of heading North.  Last weekend I helped… read more »

The belief that simple living, hard work and risk changes lives.

September 10, 2010

A thousand or so days after the ball began to roll, CG and Jodi have now officially become the caretakers and owners of Northwaters and Langskib Wilderness Canoe Camps. Coincidentally this landmark event fell within weeks of our esteemed leader’s birthday, and thus his 35th anniversary on the islands. Below is a speech that was given in his honor at… read more »

“The canoe trips I lead were stepping stones for the adventures that followed.”

May 7, 2010

Last year, life was getting a little too slow and too domesticated, I was missing the adventures I had leading canoe trips, the traveling into the unknown, not knowing where camp will be until evening comes. I missed the nomadic life I lived as a cowboy. So I packed some belongings and traveled to Mongolia for three more »

Keeping It Simple

March 23, 2010

I was inspired recently by a lecture that I attended by Kim John Payne titled Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids. Kim John authored a book of the same title in 2009, the ideas of which are catching on nationally at a rapid pace.  His message is clear:  by reducing… read more »

Meanwhile, back at the Mill – Winter 2010

February 3, 2010

We are having a great winter here at Northwaters and Langskib off season  headquarters. Everyone is healthy, summer camp enrollment is at record levels and a steady stream of visitors has made cheerful the dark days of November and December. New to the mill (and NWL) this winter is Jen Zahorchak.  Jen comes to us with many years of experience… read more »

New Years Day Paddle

January 12, 2010

January 1st 2010. My friend Bill Perkins wants to be the first one to paddle the Crystal River this year and this decade. So here we are at Fishers Landing with winter boots and many layers of wool and polypropylene clothing. His little ford station wagon is not quite stuck in the snowbank. We unload his old aluminum canoe and… read more »

Winter Greetings

December 12, 2009

Well, it’s finally happened.  Winter is here, and my thoughts now begin to shift from rivers and giant pine trees to cross country skiing and hot chocolate.  I live in Toronto where winter really never completely sets in.  While there are people running around in minus 40 celsius rated down jackets and there is talk of storms of the century,… read more »

The Power of Wilderness Experiences for Teens, a Presentation

December 1, 2009

For three decades, Wadhams, NY resident C.G. Stephens has led young campers into the wilderness of northern Ontario as part of Northwaters and Langskib Wilderness Programs (NWL).  From it’s two island base camps, NWL leads it’s participants, ages 10 – 19, through some of Canada’s most remote and beautiful canoe country on trips ranging from 14 – 30 days.

Voyaging in the Les Chenaux Islands of Lake Huron

November 18, 2009

Recently,  I took a four day Voyageur Canoe camping trip with the senior class from the Leelanau School where I work.  In many ways it was a wonderful trip.  The weather was beautiful which is always a gift in late September.  We do this trip every year and most years end up with at least one day of paddling in… read more »

First Paddle of the season, Canoe Camp director escapes the office

April 6, 2009

For the past few weeks I’ve been watching the snow disappear from the High Peaks and the river rise at the Falls in Wadhams, mourning the end of ski season while eagerly anticipating paddling once again.  The Boquet river runs out of Elizabethtown as a meandering, innocuous looking stream, disappears into Steele Woods where it becomes a raucous class 2+… read more »

The Bay Trip: 34 years of Canoeing the Harricana River to the James Bay

March 23, 2009

By: Chris Wolfe I remember being thirteen, standing on the dock at Langskib as darkness fell. There in the distance we saw the lights of torches appear. The paddle butts beating the dock echoed the beating of excited hearts. The Bay Trip! The boys who got out of those canoes were giants in my eyes. I knew that somehow what… read more »

Reaching Out From Within; A Journey to Africa

March 11, 2009

By: Deshka Foster, NWL Staff Upon returning home from leading trips at Northwaters a few summers ago, instead of commencing my junior year of college, I packed my backpack and boarded a plane for Nairobi. I had decided to take a leave of absence from Stanford University and volunteer for a small, not-for-profit organization in northern Tanzania. The organization is… read more »

Exploring the Present on a Portage Trail

March 11, 2009

By Jodi Browning, NWL Staff I’m coming to the end of the portage trail. I’ve been catching glimpses of the lake for about 200 meters—it appears as a glimmer through the trees. It’s a brief, unattainable vision. In my exhaustion, I am considering plowing through the trees ‘off trail’ to access the water, but I still hear the falls and… read more »

Dumoine River Reflections

March 11, 2009

By: Tyler Hargreaves, NWL Staff and Alumni We left the campsite on the last set of the river and paddled through a light rain to where the Dumoine meets the Ottawa. The last ten days on the river had been filled with great adventure, grinning amusement and grim adversity. And with magic. At fifteen, getting cut free from ordinary life… read more »