Bradford Camps, Maine, 2018

By Brian Irwin | June 16, 2018

My father and I just returned from the Bradford Camps in northern Maine. A turn-of-the-century sporting camp, these camps have been in constant operation since the 1890’s.  Igor Skiorsky, III (bush pilot and grandson on the inventor of the modern helicopter, among other things) and his wife Karen own the…

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Canadian Rockies, 2017

By Brian Irwin | September 20, 2017

My longtime climbing partner, Conrad Yager and I just returned from the Canadian Rockies.  We struck out to climb the Bugaboo Spires, but alas the park was closed due to forest fires.  So we sought out Athabasca 2 on the border of Jasper Park.  An alpine start, two glaciers and…

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Squaretails and Polar Bears, Hudson Bay, Manitoba

By Brian Irwin | September 12, 2016

I just returned from the subarctic shores of Hudson Bay, where I was part of a development trip to explore the many rivers in the region.  The goal is to develop a helicopter fishing opportunity, but first we needed to determine if these rivers indeed held thick populations of sea…

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The Greatest Mountain, Katahdin, Maine

By Brian Irwin | July 20, 2016

July 13th, 2016.  Baxter Peak, Maine.  My son Andrew and I struck out to attempt Maine’s highest peak via the Cathedrals, a third-class mountaineering route best described by my son as “exposed.”  We took three days for this adventure, camping at the Chimney Pond Bunkhouse.  Clouds shrouded the summit on…

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Cranmore Mountain Resort photo shoot

By Brian Irwin | March 9, 2016

Last week I was delighted to be invited to shoot some promotional images for Cranmore Mountain Resort.  We spent part of a day with our family enjoying the Mountain Adventure Park.  Tubing, ziplining, mountain coaster riding, the kids had a blast.  Day two was spent documenting Kids Rule, CMR’s instructional…

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Exploring Curacao

By Brian Irwin | February 24, 2016

Curacao is a striking country.  A former Dutch colony, it was granted essentially full independence as recently as 2010.  I visited the island to explore its west coast, its inlets and its bays in search of idyllic beaches, rich culture and tarpon on a fly rod.  There’s been no printed…

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Climbing in the North Cacades, WA

By Brian Irwin | September 16, 2015

        Last week my climbing partner Conrad Yager and I visited the Cascades in Washington State.  The climbing was fantastic, despite  variable weather that forced us to be flexible and on our feet chasing a clear weather window.  We first climbed Ingalls Peak via an aesthetic  route…

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Maine’s Great North Woods

By Brian Irwin | July 8, 2015

This past weekend we stepped back in time.  My family and I boarded a float plane for a foray into Maine’s Great North Woods.  Our destination was Second Debsconeag Lake in the Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area, a 500,000 acre plot of land that was saved from logging by purchase by…

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God’s Country

By Brian Irwin | November 13, 2014

    Gods Lake in Manitoba, Canada was so named without a possessive apostrophe in error. While some controversy exists over the validity of this name, one thing is not controversial: Gods Lake and the river that drains it into the Hudson Bay is one of the most idyllic, preserved…

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D.C. On A Dime

By Brian Irwin | October 21, 2014

In October Andy and I took on a challenge: spend three days in Washington D.C., round trip from North Conway, NH, for under $1000.  It was a success, thanks largely to the free Smithsonian and his tiny appetite.  It was a wonderful experience.  He saw the nation’s most important exhibits,…

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