Five participants joined for this annual course to test their skills in the “vast wilderness” between Indian Brook Reservoir and Colchester Pond. Included were John Kowalski, Kim Mihan, Max Seaton, Lisa Sipsey, and Tim Welsh. After a couple of hours of intense instruction (the rain finally stopped) it was off to the edge of the wilderness to start our adventure.

Kim started us on our bushwhack by carefully avoiding the trail going in our same direction whenever possible. Eventually we had to traverse our first of many obstacles, a beaver dam, in our quest to follow our compass bearing to the trail on the edge of Colchester Pond. With John, Lisa, Tim, and Max taking their turns navigating us through dense forest, more beaver dams, raging water falls (see photo with Tim & Kim) and a major cliff, we were almost there.

At this point, I said to Kim, unless you join the Burlington Section, you may end up spending the night in the woods. She saw the light (the sun came out), so welcome to our newest member to the Burlington Section.

Phil Hazen, leader