A long and likely horrific portage gets closer with every stroke, and it becomes obvious that we are delaying the inevitable. We’re not rushing to start the portage, and why would we on such a nice day? Before leaving camp I cover some good duct tape hacks, and later in the video, I discuss reading the land to be aware of approaching hazards in the river. Once the portage is underway (we can’t find the beginning of the trail), I share how it’s a good idea to mark a way point for where you left your gear so that you don’t waste time searching when you come back for your next trip. Finally, we start the portage, and it’s a total shit show right off the bat. This video leads into a video on this portage specifically, it turns out to be an 18-hour carry! Stay tuned.
Packing up here getting ready to go Beautiful day we have about 11 k to go and then a six Kilometer stretch of raging rapids where the river drops about ten meters each kilometer for sure We're gonna be poor talking the last trip report. We found was what? 1999 so hopefully it's still there, but it's an ancient port australe beautiful day, but seriously hard work ahead of us Bring these tackle boxes with us, but how do you strap this down? I make a really strong Duct-tape handle now I can just clip that down to something there you go the top Handle broke off here I can just make another handle that I can then clip a beaner onto or tie it down to something or else This is very precarious and difficult to carry There you go duct tape to the rescue one of the things we're using to capture all the stuff We're doing out here on this trip is this Garmin Virb camera? It's a waterproof camera it attaches to our dog's harness. That's also made by Garmin you see things from his perspective You know we're kinda lily dippin. We're pumping water I'm taking pictures And I'm thinking maybe we're procrastinating because maybe we don't want to portage endlessly through the black fly Infested bush on. What is likely very little bit of a trail And I can see here that there's nothing. There's a mountain here. There's mountains here and then right there I can only see the the tops of the trees which are about 50 meters away from me so I mean that's a good sign to show you that there's a substantial drop in elevation and on a river that means waterfalls and rapids and hazards We're at the Brink of the raging waterfall and six kilometers of Raging Whitewater risking running this canyon again Especially being one-vote like over a hundred miles from a road is just probably not a smart idea The only problem is it's a five kilometer portage. No one's walked on it since 1999 it's almost impossible to find where it is because this area's been burnt over It's gonna be hot it's gonna be buggy the trail is Gonna be overthrown And there's probably gonna be a lot of dead trees, then we're gonna step over maybe cut it under and it's five kilometers even if the Trail was grooved and Perfect. It's five kilometers, so it's not Gonna be fun It looks like we're gonna be doing this portage over the course of a part of two days Camping out some terrific spot along the trail side it just makes the adventure all the more fun That's what I'm telling myself anyways A Good thing to bring is a garmin GPS to go to Mark a waypoint Where the portage starts going to be leapfrogging on this portage trail because it's so long when we leave our stuff there I'm going to mark a waypoint in the GPS. Let's get going oh