In order to sustain human civilization on Earth we need to redefine our relationship to the Living Planet from consumptive to regenerative while transforming human relationships from those of survival of the fittest to those of cooperation. Kroka has been pioneering regenerative practices and cooperative living for the past 27 years and we are excited to share our successes and challenges with you on this Sustainability Adventure! We will begin by settling into life at Kroka village with a reduced ecological footprint. While drawing water from a shallow well, cooking farm-grown food on a fire with the wood we have harvested and composting our manure we will examine water, nutrient and carbon cycles. Each day will have a formal class focusing on Earth systems and regenerative practices, followed by a practical skills workshop ranging from building a healthy compost pile to cooking with seasonal ingredients harvested on our farm. We will take care of our bodies through healthy outdoor living and exercise which will range from swimming and yoga to hiking and climbing. We will develop intentional community through practice of seeing the needs of others. During the second week of the program we will travel by bike visiting many sustainability projects in our local area and camping in nature.
This intermediate/advanced level training program is for students who have completed Introduction to White Water and also welcome are those returning to Paddlers Journey Up North for their second or third consecutive year. After spending a day and a half practicing rolling and safety in the pond we will pack our food and gear and depart for the West Branch of the Penobscot River hidden deep in the northwoods of Maine. We will set our base camp at the bottom of Seboomooc Rapids. This stretch of the river is as good as it gets anywhere in the world with classic class II-III drop-pool sequences, 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, much larger now, rolls through such famed drops as Ambejackmockamus and Nesowadnehunk Falls. While advanced students will be ready to kayak and canoe this section, beginner and intermediate students will migrate to the safety of the raft for the larger class IV drops. Our journey would not be complete without a day rock climbing and a pre-dawn ascent of Mount Katahdin, Maine’s highest peak!
Join us for a multi-element challenge of teamwork and trust as we immerse ourselves the world of technical climbing – and learn what to do when things go wrong. We start our week at Kroka Village where we will travel to the local crag to learn about knots and anchors and practice climbing and rappelling. We will study wilderness first aid while preparing for the expedition ahead. With a solid foundation of technical skills, we will set out by foot into the mountains, traveling for several days to a rock face perfect for practice. Here we will set a wilderness a camp at the foot of a cliff and cook delicious meals over the fire. We will fill our days discovering high-angle rescue techniques, pickoffs and haul systems, assists and belays. In the afternoons we will travel to a nearby waterfall to swim and relax in the joys of summer. In addition to strengthening our bodies and making lasting friendships, students will gain a strong technical foundation for a future of climbing or guiding.
Offered in partnership with the Maine Local Living School
Have you ever imagined what it would be like to gather everything that you need to live directly from the Earth? On this expedition we will travel to the working homestead of Maine Local Living School in Temple, Maine, where systems of sustainable living are well established. We will spend the first week honing skills with axe and saw, carving our own bowls and spoons, tanning a hide, processing acorns into bread flour, and drying fruits and vegetables from the garden to take with us on an expedition into the surrounding mountains. Once on expedition we will live simply, gathering food and medicine as we travel, drinking from mountain springs, making fire by friction, and sitting around the hearth hearing and telling the stories that remind us of what it means to be a part of the Earth.
Join us in reliving the time when canoeing was the fastest way to travel, a shelter of bark and leaves was a welcomed home, and berries were the snack of the day. On this expedition we learn to combine the gifts of the land with the modern tools of today. The sun, the land, and our map and compass will guide us on our trip. Once we reach our wilderness camp, we will enjoy sleeping comfortably under the stars. We will study the ancient art of fire by friction, coal-burn wooden spoons, and learn how to cook on an open-fire. When we are ready, we will begin our hike over the mountains and down to the river, opening up new opportunities for paddling, sewing moccasins, swimming, and the myriad of adventures that may cross our paths! As caretakers of the land, we work together, creating a true community. On this journey, we experience a way of life whose roots stretch back thousands of years, but whose skills and philosophy apply to all times.
From twenty-nine inch fat tires to frame and saddlebags, the sport of bikepacking has evolved from a technical adventure sport into a unique and sustainable way to travel through the landscape. This unique adventure links together several exciting trail networks in New Hampshire’s Piedmont and Southern Green Mountains. Its route, running through the heart of Kroka’s adventure area, has a unique variety of terrain and rich cultural features. After two days of conditioning on local trails and preparing for expedition, we will begin a 10-day journey northwest. Along the way, we will pick berries, cliff-jump in refreshing swimming holes, scramble up rock faces, and share nourishing meals cooked over the fire. We will also face many challenges: ferrying our bikes across the river in a canoe, climbing up a steep rock face, helping neighbors with a service project, and testing our navigation skills as we wind our way from one forest trail to the next. Finally, we will reach a spectacular underground cave, which will test our bravery, skills, and teamwork, inspiring a sense of wonder and awe for the world. On this expedition we will travel more than 100 miles self-sufficiently without getting into a vehicle!