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East Grand Adventure Race headed up annually by Canoe the Wild. Had another great race on May 11 here in the Danforth area with 71 taking part in the adventure race and 14 in the separate 34 mile Baskahegan Stream Canoe Race. Event includes a compass run, mountain biking and paddling (canoe or kayak). A great time for all ages and ability levels! The family division is a great way to connect people outdoors and includes all aspects of the race except the biking. Why not mark your calendar for May 9, 2020 and join us then? Here is a link to the adventure race webpage and full details. Missed the race but want to take part in a family canoeing adventure this summer? Check out our 2019 summer canoe trip schedule

Video of Our 2019 East Grand Adventure Race

 

Album of 2019 East Grand Adventure Race

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100 participate in Adventure Race under Sunny Skies!

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Saturday, May 13th marked the 13th annual East Grand Adventure Race, held the 2nd Saturday of May every spring in Danforth, ME. This year’s course featured all the events racers have come to expect and more: a mile-long compass run, followed by a 10-mile bike ride, and ending with an 8-mile canoe and kayak race. Many exciting challenges took place between the biking and paddling legs including the familiar mud pit crawl and log rolling in Baskahegan Stream. New challenges included a paintball challenge, scaling wall, partially submerged 29’ culvert to crawl through and an environmental challenge where racers had to identify evergreen tree samples. The new family division opened up the race to parents and adult mentors taking part with younger children which included all elements except the biking portion.

Orono High school students along with numerous adults were well represented at the event with the high school boys team of Kellen Doyle & Ben Allan-Rahill not only winning their division, but the race overall with a course time of 2:28:02 before time deductions. Kellen also won the door prize, a new Vapor kayak, paddle and life jacket donated by Old Town Canoe.

Perhaps the biggest personal accomplishments of the day came from race participant Jill Plummer, a teacher at East Grand School, losing 100 LBs and getting into shape in preparation for the race. After helping out with last year’s race, Jill set a personal goal of getting in shape, losing the weight and taking part as a race participant this year. Jill achieved that goal while taking part on the relay team of Tammi Matula, Danlen Espenscheid and Erika Napoli and was all smiles the whole time!

Ben Randall of Sabattus set a record in the 34 mile Baskahegan Stream separate canoe & kayak race with a time of 4:33:47. In second place was the four person team of Terry Wescott, Chip Loring, Ander Thebaud and Bob Hesser narrowly winning by only 13 seconds over the four person team of Marc Ranco, Justi Wardwell, Bill Deighan and Eve Dana. River Robertson came in 4th place with a time of 4:58:53

Up Next, Now that Dave Conley of Canoe the Wild  has finished overseeing the adventure race for another season, the focus has shifted to upcoming canoes trips this spring and summer in Maine on the St. Croix and Allagash Rivers. Contact Dave to discuss joining up on a trip or bringing your group.

 

Canoe trips are a great way to view moose. Here are some soft adventure options for exploring Maine with comfortable campsites, awesome meals, and leisurely pace.

 The Allagash, 4-10 days with 4-7 being most poplular. Our number one Maine wildlife photography trip for spotting and viewing moose. The Allagash Wilderness Waterway has a large population of moose and we know the hot spots. Moose watching trips are a great to enjoy Maine’s wild places.  more information about Allagash canoe trips

West Branch of the Penobscot River 3-5 days, Choose a canoe trip West Branch Penobscot and Lobster Lake. Lobster Lake offers great campsites, sandy beaches and mountain vistas. We can set up base camp, explore islands and hike up Lobster Mountain. The Penobscot is great for viewing moose and birds. The Lobster Lake trip can be extended by traveling down the West Branch of the Penobscot River to Chesuncook Village and beyond. more information about the West Branch Penobscot River trip

Baskahegan Stream, 1-4 days, The Baskahegan Stream is less traveled with its bogs, marshes and flowages. It’s a great place for moose viewing. With the Baskahegan, you’ll have the option of tenting out in rustic campsites or day trip while staying in local accommodations. more about the Baskahegan Stream trip

Fully outfitted and guided trips means you’ll have more time to focus viewing wildlife and picture taking while we take care of all your trip logistics including all neessary equipment, canoes, camping gear, great meals cooked over an open fire, transportation or vehicle shuttle, instruction when needed and safely guide your family or group down the river. All you’ll need is what’s on your personal gear list and a sleeping bag, we’ll provide the rest!

Maine Vacation packages, 3 & 4 days

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Canoe the Wild website

 

Rain and Mud make for a great Adventure Race in Danforth!

71 took part in the East Grand Adventure Race and Baskahegan Stream canoe race in Danforth last Saturday. Rain was not a deterrent and actually made for better racing conditions. 56 took part in the 20 mile adventure race which included a compass run and Baskahegan Stream traverse, ten miles of mountain biking on dirt roads and trails and seven miles of paddling on the Baskahegan Stream. There were four optional challenges that took minutes off the overall time when completed successfully. These challenges were the mud crawl, two person crosscut saw, log rolling and climbing wall challenge. The High School Boys team of Yuval Boss & Calum Hamilton from Orono High School were repeat and overall winners of the event (they took first last year) with a time of 2:25.06  New this year was a 21 mile canoe race from Baskahegan Lake to Bancroft with nine boats and 15 people participating. The race would have been 33 miles long starting in Kossuth but due to windy conditions on Baskahegan Lake, it was shortened to 21 miles. Racers came from as far away as Caribou and Falmouth, many East Grand Students and Danforth area adults took part as well. Orono High School came with a good size group as they do each year and did very well.  Many thanks to the Danforth Fire Department, Dirigo Search & Rescue of Old Town and to the 40+ local volunteers that make this event run smoothly and safe! Generous sponsors include Ski Rack Sports of Bangor, First Wind and the Woodie Wheaton Land Trust. for more information about Dave and outdoor adventures including guided cnaoe trips in the summer on the Allagash River, weekend trips on the St. Croix River fishing trips, whitewater canoe trips in Canada, Guided Maine moose hunts, visit Dave’s Website Maine Wilderness Trips with Canoe the Wild

Overall results

1, Yuvall Boss & Calum Hamilton 2:25.6; 2, Henry & Malcolm Milligan 2:39.14; 3, Dana Morrision & Philip Farley 2:43.34; 4, Logan Crone & Andrew VanEss 2:49.51; 5, David, Billy, Peter & Susan Apgar 2:53.42;

6, Eric & Thomas Gilman 2:56.36; 7, Xiao Quan & Ethan Hall 2:57.06; 8,Tom Puzewski & Chris Farley 3:08.20; 9,Tammi Matula & Sarah Stoddard 3:09.06; 10, Samantha Nadeau & Kailey Schmidt 3:10.22; 11, Lauren Jacobs 3:10.04; 12, Joesph Desiston & Hanna Renedo 3:16.11; 13, Gordan Hamilton & Kristen Campbell 3:25.24; 14, Peter & Josh Jones 3:18.04; 15, Fiona & Martin Hamilton 3:34.52; 16, Mitchell Bartlett & Ashley Grenier 3:39.42; 17, Gage Caissie 3:43.05; 18, Stanley P. & Stanley M.  Levitsky 3:46.30; 19, Emmanuel, Tom, Itai Boss 3:51.25; 20, Nathan Gilman & Cole Harriman 3: 52.10; 21, Nick Chambers & Joe Frazer 3:53.50; 22, Emilie Seavey & Kate Fegusson 3:54.54; 23,Melonie Druan, Adreanna Philips, Bayleigh Rowe 3:55.10; 24, Chelsea & Kenneth Winiarski, Allie McEwen, Angel Stoddard, Elizabeth Hood, Kim Stoddard, 4:00.15; 25, Annika Gallandt & Emily Noyes 4:03.44

By Divisons

Mens: Logan Crone & Andrew VanEss 2:49.51; Tom Puzewski & Chris Farley 3:08.20; Nick Chambers & Joe Frazer 3:53.50;

Adults Mixed: Joesph Desiston & Hanna Renedo 3:16.11; Gordan Hamilton & Kristen Campbell 3:25.24; Fiona & Martin Hamilton 3:34.52; Mitchell Bartlett & Ashley Grenier 3:39.42;

HS Boys: Yuvall Boss & Calum Hamilton 2:25.6; Xiao Quan & Ethan Hall 2:57.06; Gage Caissie 3:43.05; Nathan Gilman & Cole Harriman 3: 52.10;

HS Girls: Samantha Nadeau & Kailey Schmidt 3:10.22; Emilie Seavey & Kate Fegusson 3:54.54; Annika Gallandt & Emily Noyes 4:03.44

Jr/Sr: Henry & Malcolm Milligan 2:39.14; 3, Dana Morrision & Philip Farley 2:43.34; Eric & Thomas Gilman 2:56.36; Tammi Matula & Sarah Stoddard 3:09.06; Stanley P. & Stanley M.  Levitsky 3:46.30; Peter & Josh Jones 3:18.04; Emmanuel, Tom, Itai Boss 3:51.25;

Open: David, Billy, Peter & Susan Apgar 2:53.42; Lauren Jacobs 3:10.04; Melonie Druan, Adreanna Philips, Bayleigh Rowe 3:55.10; Chelsea & Kenneth Winiarski, Allie McEwen, Angel Stoddard, Elizabeth Hood, Kim Stoddard, 4:00.15;

21 mile Baskahegan Stream Canoe Race in Danforth a separate canoe race hosted by the East Grand Outdoor Education Program

Overall Results

1, Bruce Weil 3:2.35; 2, Robert Hessler & Ander Thebaud 4:01.52; 3, Chip Loring & Terry Wescott 4:02.25; 4, Dan Baumert 4:07.03; 5, Justin Wardwell & Mark Ranco 4:09.02; 6, John Carter 4:09.037; 7, Eric Gallandt & Ellen Mallory 4:36; 8, Larry Merrill 4:32.30; Steven & Justin Rice DNF