Boris was a registered Maine Guide, a lethal fly fisherman, a fine rifle shot, the best canoeist I’ve ever seen, a terrific all-around athlete, and as strong as 4.3 oxen. I once watched him, standing waist-deep in a lake, casually lift overhead a 19-foot wood-and-canvas Old Town canoe that had soaked up half the lake. Dry, the canoe weighed about 90 pounds. Saturated, it must have gone well over 100, and is about as awkward an object as man has contrived, and he popped it up with no effort at all. We 15-year-olds gave a fair amount of crap to the other counselors, but we gave none to Alexis Boris Dmitrieff.