14 Days Solo Camping in the Yukon Wilderness – E. 2 –...

14 Days Solo Camping in the Yukon Wilderness – E. 2 – Bushwhack and Running Rapids


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I was all alone, solo in the Yukon wilderness after my bush plane drop off. I had extensive wilderness travel in front of me, including a bushwhack and running rapids on this day and I felt as if I was embodying the spirit of the Yukon. My goal for the day was to make it to the Yukon’s Hess River. I was faced with danger in the rapids on the creek and danger lurking around each blind corner while running rapids. I’m glad I know how to solo rapids but soon I had to go into the woods to lug my survival gear on a 2.5km bushwhack to the find the Hess River. Leaving my canoe behind, I finally got to the Hess River where I rigged a tarp, made fire and made a bushcraft pot hanger to make a comfortable wild camp. I reflected on what motivates me during tough moments in the wilderness as I set up the bushcraft tarp. The mountain scenery was beautiful and I looked forward to many more days of wilderness travel and camping in the Yukon Wilderness. I did not look forward to portaging my canoe the next day.

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Jim Baird is an Adventurer, videographer, writer, photographer, and talent. His previous rolls include extensive work with a map company as well as guiding and prospecting. Jim has shot video for Cineflix productions, BBC Worldwide, 13 Minds, and The Weather Network US. He's produced video series such as “The Kesagami River Solo” and “Lessons From The Trail with Jim Baird”. Jim’s content has also appeared in print for several publications that include Explore, Canoeroots, Real Fishing, Ontario Out of Doors, Outdoor Canada, Canoe & Kayak, and Field & Stream magazines. Jim is an expert woodsman, white-water canoeist, survivalist, and a bold wilderness navigator. His expedition experience includes a solo trip down the canoe eating rapids of the Kesagami and then along the tempestuous James Bay coat, an 800-mile snowmobile expedition across the Northwest Passage, 300miles above the Arctic Circle. A month long descent of the Northwest Territories Kuujjua River in the Arctic Archipelago, followed by 120-kilometers of paddling on the Arctic Ocean. He's also completed a 33-day canoe expedition via four rivers including the Adlatok in northern Quebec and Labrador.