3 canoes on lake cole

Boots and Boats

On their first day the Boots and Boats team got to sleep in a little on their first day. Instead of getting up at 5 they got to get up at 7 and make their way down waterfront for a morning dip and swim test. There’s nothing like jumping in the lake first thing in the morning.

Soon enough the campers and leaders were on their way north, headed for the Adirondacks and the Adirondack Loj. We’ll be parking our bus at the Loj while we head into the backcountry for the backpacking leg of the trip. The group grabbed some supplies at a grocery store on the way up and hiked into their campsite an authentic Adirondack lean-to. Today was the first day of real backpacking. They will be heading into the valleys and summiting the peaks. Each night they will crash at more lean-tos before heading back to the Loj on Friday to end the backpacking portion of the trip.


Zach eigenbrodt

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Zach couldn't keep himself out of the woods when growing up. He started working at a Northern Wisconsin YMCA Camp as a wilderness trip leader while in college and fell in love with getting kids into nature. The smiles on kids faces after returning from a once in a life time wilderness experience is why he is here today. Zach brought his talents to Frost Valley YMCA, in 2014, when he started as the Trips Coordinator and soon was promoted to Adventure Director. Zach loves all forms of Wilderness exploration, though some would say his heart lies most with canoeing.

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