Welcome to the experience of a lifetime!! The Les Voyageurs program has been going strong since 1971 and helped thousands of young men and women experience a freedom known by too few these days. Both of us have two voyageur trips under our belt and are very excited to pass on our knowledge to you guys and make this summer one for the books.
This blog (along with the crew calendar and group message/email) will be used for keeping crew members and their parents updated on what we're up to and what the plan is for the near future.
A little background on our previous trips, each of us have completed 2 trips through Les Voyageurs. The first trip in 2015 and the second in 2017, which consisted of the first ever 50 day Coppermine River expedition, traversing Great Slave Lake, in Voyageurs history.
I (Aidan) am currently a student at the University of Minnesota Duluth studying biochemistry. I am beyond stoked for this opportunity to spend another summer with nothing but a few canoes and the packs on our backs. It might seem intimidating now but I have no doubts that everyone will have an unbelievable summer with many surprises along the way.
I (Turner) am currently a student at Saint Johns University studying english and environmental science. I, like Aidan, am eager to get started with training. The thought of an upcoming summer filled with paddling, portaging, and a freedom only attainable at the hands of nature, is the motivation getting me through the few remaining weeks of school. I can only imagine the mixture of feelings everyone is experiencing currently, but rest assured it will all be more than worth it.
The following is a quote by American Environmentalist, Aldo Leopold, on the wonder that is wilderness travel,
"The elemental simplicities of wilderness travel are thrills not only because of their novelty, but because they represent complete freedom to make mistakes. The wilderness gives them their first taste of those rewards and penalties for wise and foolish acts which every woodsman faces daily, but against which civilization has built a thousand buffers. These boys were ‘on their own’ in this particular sense."
Perhaps every youth needs an occasional wilderness trip, in order to learn the meaning of this particular freedom.”
This quote captures one of Les Voyageurs central ideals: That to make mistakes is a healthy way to learn, and that the ways you overcome obstacles on trail are applicable to life at home as well. Aidan and I cannot be more excited to meet the crew and get started preparing for the trip of a lifetime!
Our first meeting will be on 4/21 at 10 AM at the St. John's climbing wall to introduce the crew and do a little climbing. The next meeting is TBD but as the school year comes to a close our meetings will become more frequent to prepare for this upcoming adventure!
Stay Sensitive, Stay Outdoorsy, Signing Off,
Brew & Kuhn