Follow Erik Simula (and his dog Kitigan) on a 1,000+ mile, 4-month solo journey in his 14-foot birch bark canoes. His route (the “Arrowhead Journey”) is from the mouth of the Pigeon River on Lake Superior to Duluth, up the St. Louis River, across the Savanna Portage, up the Mississippi River, down the Bigfork River, up the Rainy River, and back the border route to Grand Portage.
Erik Simula was on Northern Tier National High Adventure’s summer and Okpik winter camping program staff from 1982 to 1984. He is also the 1983 recipient of the national Youth Leadership In America Award. In 1984 Simula paddled all the way to Hudson Bay.
Map of Erik’s incredible journey: http://arrowheadjourney.wordpress.com/map-of-eriks-journey/
Erik made the news on May 12th when he was rescued by firefighters after his birch bark canoe began to swamp, despite the spray skirt Erik had rigged to protect him from the waves.
You can read the story here: http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/120070/.
Check out more on Erik’s Blog: http://arrowheadjourney.wordpress.com
Story courtesy Alex and the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association.