Can you imagine reenacting the French and Indian war in the historic backdrop where it took place, away from the public in a 'wargame' situation - scouting, ambushing and so on for a good few days? Well that's what the Lake George tactical is all about. From the perspective of someone from Europe it's an invaluable insight into the scale and the geographical elements. I was lucky enough to attend this week-long event in 1999 thanks to Dubois - I went along in full French uniform including a wig and how impractical was that? Pretty soon I was dressing down - partly because all those layers of wool would probably propel me to the bottom of the Lake if we capsized. Read about the tactical here.
Mostly you canoe in with your equipment and in general you don't know who's going to be there and where they might be. When I went over we captured the British flag (I'm in the white gaiters with pipe) which was pretty fun. I'd love to take a party over from Europe - just the experience of living on jerky and lake water waiting for a possible Ranger ambush is amazing. It's usually in October so flights aren't expensive and there's nothing to spend money on once you're on the the expansive Lake and its environs. Highlights for me were the night scouts when we canoed around the myriad islands under the northern lights and the various treks when we outscouted the Brits - well some of the time. The weather's pretty mild in comparison to the UK at this time and it is certain you'll never be quite the same again. Read the journals and so on at the webpage above and maybe make a date for next year?