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Greetings from Vermont

Aug 1, 2023
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I realized I just started posting and never properly introduced myself, so hi! Belatedly.

I grew up along the Connecticut River in Vermont and New Hampshire (the Upper Valley area, as it's known locally), spent a couple decades living on the west coast, and moved back to Vermont a few summers ago. Been canoeing since I was a little kid. Went to one of the canoe camps for a summer, hated how militaristic and uptight it was, but learned some good skills. Started canoe tripping and white water paddling in my early 20s, but then mostly took a break from canoeing while living out west, aside from the occasional day trip or vacation paddle. Now that I'm back in a place with easy access to good paddling water, I've been getting back into it. Made do with a beater OT Discovery 158 for a couple of years, then bought a Northstar Northwind 16 from Umiak Outfitters at the beginning of the summer. Which seemed like the canoe of my dreams, and is absolutely wonderful, but it turns out my dreams are bigger than just that boat.

While living out west my focus shifted to ultralight backpacking in the summer and backcountry skiing / ski mountaineering (the non-spandex variety) in the winter. Now that I'm focusing on canoe tripping again, I'm having to relearn and adjust some of my camping habits. So expect some questions along those lines.

Another lifelong interest that I've picked back up is ice skating. I've become quite passionate about nordic skating, and am quite active in that community. It's really fun to experience the lakes, ponds, and rivers year round, in such complementary but distinct ways. In my 20s I did a couple of winter trips with the Conovers, hot tent + toboggan style. Since then my winter camping has been more in the mountaineering style, but I'm hoping to get back into hot tenting this winter. I'd love to combine hot tenting and nordic skating once the canoe season ends.

I adopted a couple of dogs last summer, named Rio and Tokio. Mom and pup. I've been slowly accustoming them to canoeing and to camping. It's going well overall, aside from the occasional catastrophe. Here's the two of them on Long Pond, up in Benton, New Hampshire:


I'm glad to be a member of this forum; it's really a remarkable resource and a wonderful community. Everyone's been so helpful and friendly and welcoming. I'm looking forward to contributing more!


Sounds like you are living the dream. Enjoy it to the maximum, life is short, looking back on a life well lived is way better than looking back with regret of the things that could have been.
Welcome to the camp, warm your hands around a cup of our camp coffee.
Welcome, Chris, and thanks much for the biographical info. I believe the site becomes more personal, friendly and communal the more we know about each other.
Welcome man ! Greetings from Western Massachusetts, I've just joined this great platform a few months ago, Cheers
Welcome neighbor! I'm up in Montgomery, just down the mountain from Jay Peak. Lifelong skier here as well, mostly all BC these days. Climbed some rock and ice also.
Paddling and skiing mostly these days. Maybe see you out and about!
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Welcome! I'm interested in the concept of Nordic Skating. Where do you find the ice to do this? Where I live, the ice is just forming, and it is already snow covered, and will remain so until it melts in May. I've always dreamed of skating for miles on clear ice, but have been relegated to the local arena.