Week 1: Fourth Connecticut Lake to Littleton, NH

Our journey begins quietly, with a handful of pilgrims hiking into the remote headwaters of the Connecticut (Fourth Connecticut Lake) along the New Hampshire-Canada border. We will hike alongside the River where it is too shallow to paddle, and put in boats to paddle on the Connecticut Lakes and Lake Francis. Then, we put in our canoes and kayaks in Canaan, VT, for a week of paddling through agricultural valleys and beautiful northern forestland.

This most remote section includes numerous rapids (all safe for open boats) and we will be camping at river-access only sites. As we paddle with New Hampshire to one side and Vermont to the other, we’ll establish our daily rhythms of prayer, paddling, and camp craft that will guide us through the rest of the Pilgrimage. We finish by crossing Moore Reservoir, New Hampshire’s largest undeveloped lake. This section is recommended for paddlers with some whitewater experience.

Our spiritual emphasis at the beginning of this section is God’s call into the wilderness – for Jesus in the desert, for Abraham to leave his father’s house and journey to an unknown land, and for us. How are we called to enter into the wild unknown? What does it mean to seek God in wild places, and to let the wildness of God call us and change us?

Our spiritual theme for the remainder of this section is the River of Divine Grace. We will practice praying with the element of water, and meditate on the parallels between the flow of God’s grace and the flow of springs, streams and rivers. How can we learn to move in harmony with the flow of God’s presence in every day, and every moment?

 

SEGMENT #1 (MAY 31 – JUNE 3): Fourth Connecticut Lake to Canaan, VT

  • Hiking to the headwaters of the Connecticut River at Fourth Connecticut Lake for the start of the Pilgrimage [*passport required due to entering Canada]
  • Possible hiking along the Cohos Trail where it borders the Connecticut River
  • Possible paddle on Third or First Connecticut Lakes and/or Lake Francis
  • If you’re interested in this most remote section, please reach out to us to talk about options: river@kairosearth.org

JUNE 4: 10 mile day-long paddle from Canaan, VT, to Colebrook, NH – visit our Events page for more details

JUNE 4: Land-based event(s) in Colebrook, NH – visit our Events page for more details.

SEGMENT #2a (JUNE 4 – JUNE 8): Canaan, VT to Lancaster, NH

  • Put-in location = Canaan access point
  • Pull-out location = Riverside Campground
  • Mileage = 60 miles in 5 days
  • Longest days = 16.5 miles with 0 portages; 11 miles with 1 portage
  • Portages = 1 + a breached dam
  • Difficulty = Class I-III rapids
  • Camping = 4 nights (river-access only)
  • Indoor accommodations = 0 nights
  • Participation limit = 10 adults ≥ age 18
  • Event(s) during this section = TBA

SEGMENT #2b (JUNE 9 – JUNE 10): Lancaster, NH to Littleton, NH

  • Put-in location = Canaan access point
  • Pull-out location = Moore Dam Boat Launch
  • Mileage = 22 miles in 2 days
  • Longest days = 11 miles with 0 portages; 11 miles with 1 portage
  • Portages = 1
  • Difficulty = Class I-III rapids
  • Camping = 2 nights (river-access only)
  • Indoor accommodations = 0 nights
  • Participation limit = 10 adults ≥ age 18
  • Event(s) during this section = TBA

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