Maine Tracking Expedition 2nd – 9th October 2024 (FULLY BOOKED)



Tracking Expedition to the Penobscot River in Maine, USA (FULLY BOOKED)

In October 2024, Survival School will be going on another Expedition. This time we're off to Maine in the USA on a Canoeing, Bushcraft  and Tracking Expedition.  The dates are confirmed as 2nd to 9th October, in time for the magnificent autumn colours.  Bear, moose, fireflies, glowworms, deer, beaver, racoon, muskrat, coyote and so much more.  This is a trackers paradise and you'll see so much more tracking than just sitting at the campsites.  True exploring gives you a better experience.

  • This is a trip of a life time. If you are doing anything else- cancel it!
  • The airline reserves the right to change its flight schedules so early flexibility may be required.
  • The Expedition will last for 8 days.

You will need to book your own flights and there is only one transfer from the airport to the canoes.  

Deposit: £395
Balance: £500
Full Payment (no flights) £895

October 2nd

Travel from London Heathrow to one of the hubs in America either New York, Boston or Philadelphia then catch the onward flight to Bangor, Maine. The first night is spent in a hotel (two sharing per room) ready for a good night’s sleep. You have to arrange your own flight element for this trip as some people prefer to stay for longer whilst visiting America.

October 3rd

After breakfast we meet up with our friends who provide us with the canoes and take us all to the drop off point, which is roughly a three-hour drive of which two hours are spent purely driving through the north Maine woods.

There is also chance on the way to stop at Millinocket to pick up some food supplies for the week.

Once we have said goodbye to our friends it’s time to fit the boats out and get onto the river Lobster Lake Stream.

Although the Penobscot River is world famous for its white water grade five rapids this section of the Penobscot River has no rapids or white water on it, just a gentle constant flow so there is no previous experience needed.

We only travel a few kilometres before we find our first campsite. We will stay at designated campsites due tofederal law but rest easy these are remote sites and just have a toilet and a picnic bench and a fire pit as standard.
Daylight runs out around six in the evening and as we are five hours behind the UK time it’s normally an early night for most people.

October 4th

After breakfast and a briefing of the day ahead we head off to Lobster Lake again with Lobster Mountain in the background, rejoining the Penobscot River towards our next campsite,

October 5th

We follow the Penobscot River gently flowing towards the evening’s campsite and if we are quiet enough there is sometimes the opportunity to spot eagles, moose, beaver and chipmunks to name a few.

October 6th

We paddle for a few hours and the scenery and landscape of the river changes slightly at this part of the river and after a lunch stop we come to the mouth of the Penobscot River and head into Chesuncook Lake.

We cross the lake and spend the night on the incredible Gero Island.

October 7th

Unfortunately we have to leave the island and head down the lake and stay at another site for the evening and if the wind is heading in our favour we can raft up and put up a makeshift sail and sail our way down the lake.

October 8th

After breakfast it is a short paddle for the morning and finally meet our friends at the extraction point to take us back to our hotel.

October 9th

Head back to the UK and if the flights are later on in the day then we can get taxis into Bangor which is a ten minute journey to go shopping in Bangor mall.



UK guides
canoe Transfers
Hotel and breakfast at the hotel.
Canoe (one between two).
Public liability insurance


Travel insurance
Additional meals and drinks
Difficulty easy no experience or serious fitness required.
Great for photography occasional wildlife peace and tranquility.

Please note there is no phone signal whatsoever with north Maine woods… Our communications back up is either a satellite phone or a location devise, which can send and receive messages to the outside world.


Kit List

  • Sleeping bag (ideally suited down to -50C)
  • Tarp + hammock – please ask for advice if you are unsure.  Tents are also suitable.
  • Thermarest or other ground mat.
  • Water bottle or Platypus, Dromedary 
  • Gas stove (do not bring gas with you, it will be purchased in the USA)
  • Mug + billy can (not mess tins)
  • Fork or spoon
  • Dry bags – everything must be waterproofed.
  • Rucksack or Northface style hold all, or Ortlieb Dry Bag Carrying System
  • Wide brimmed hat or cap with neck protection
  • Insect repellent + insect head net.  The mosquitoes can be a problem sometimes.
  • Travel clothing for first and last days on flights.
  • Canoeing clothing – we suggest - trousers, shorts, t-shirt, shirt, lightweight loose fitting clothing, ideally cotton, must be long-sleeved/ full-length legs.  Quick drying clothes.  Your feet will get wet and you will be walking on slippery rocks – do not take Gortex walking boots, or sandals 
  • Spare dry footwear for the evening.
  • Fleece / down jacket etc, as it can get chilly in the evenings
  • Waterproof coat
  • 1 small roll of duck tape
  • 1 whistle
  • 1 Snap gate Karabiner (small but not mini) + 10m of cord (at least 3mm)
  • Torch with 2 sets of spare batteries
  • Sunscreen (Riemann P20 is expensive but effective and proven in extreme conditions. It only needs applying once a day and is available at the airport duty free shop)
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal effects; - wash kit, medication etc (it is probably worthwhile taking your own supply of analgesia and anti diarrhoea tablets as well as toilet paper)
  • Rations – 6 x breakfast – 6 x lunches – 6 x supper (super noodles, couscous, oat-so-simple – light weight dehydrated stuff – chocolate snacks etc.  These should be purchased in the USA.
  • Tea / coffee / whitener. These should be purchased in the USA.