Trip 1: Allanwater

Trip 2:  ??

Left to right, back row: Steve Springgate (staffman), Andrew Houghton, Dave Gidley, John O'Brien. Front row: Chuck Conklin, Sam Conant, Alfred Donovan, Allen Collins, Duffy Romans. Missing: Tadd Clarkson (guide).

East-West Passage 

Section cut the East-West Passage and named the Shire campsite in honor of the Hobbit. 


On Savant Lake we surprised a swimming woodland caribou and chased it with the intent of riding the beast. It alluded us by escaping to an island. We surrounded the island "lord of the flies" style, trying to corral it (I'm not sure why). It ended up charging right at me,

giving me quite a scare, and plunging back into the lake. Caribou can swim fast. I know because it easily out-distanced Sam Conant and I, when we tried to overtake it in a canoe and we were a strong pair of souped-up 15-year-olds in a Chestnut Cruiser.

John O'Brien

Gidley's Run

Gidley's run is a swampy bug-ridden portage into the east side of Kawaweogama Lake where the Outpost is located. Returning from our first trip that summer, a wet year, the end of the portage was a veritable muskeg pond. Everyone took great care to skirt the mud hole, stumbling over hummocks of moss, lab tea and spruce stumps, but not Dave. The bugs must have been real bad, because instead of slowing to negotiate the obstacle, Gidley accelerated. This while carrying a wannigan probably weighing near what he did. He appeared to skip like a rock across that quicksand, defying gravity, and breaking several other laws of physics to finish the portage in true Keewaydin style. The otherwise unremarkable portage was known ever after as "Gidley's Run," a tribute to his unusual, but effective gamble.

John O'Brien



         John O'Brien


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