There is a longstanding tradition at Ashwood that our oldest classes take a trip together in the fall. The purpose of the trip is to give the students a chance to make new friends in other grades and to provide opportunities for outdoor experiences and challenge activities. We are excited to announce that this year’s upper grades trip will be a two-day, one-night backpacking excursion to Poplar Hut near Kingsfield, Maine, part of the Maine Huts & Trails system.

The hike to Poplar Hut is an introductory-level backpacking trip. It will be led by two professional guides (see below) with support from Class 5-6 teacher Mr. Kaczor and Class 7-8 teacher Mr. Clough. The group will depart from Ashwood on Thursday, October 10 right after morning drop-off and return at around 5:oo p.m. on Friday, October 11. 

We will need volunteers to drive the students to and from the trailhead. All drivers are warmly invited to join us for the trip. You do not have to be a Class 5-6 or 7-8 parent in order to volunteer! Contact Mr. Clough or Mr. Kaczor for additional information.

About the Guides

Lani Love has been guiding trips for over more than 30 years through her family business Allagash Canoe Trips, including trips with various Waldorf schools on the Penobscot River for multi-day canoe trips. Thea Nielsen guides after-school and summer trips on the ocean and in the mountains in Midcoast Maine. She is an EMT and a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves.

Jeremy Clough, Class 7-8 Teacher