Saskatchewan Safari Ep. 2 – Waterfowl & Whitewater

Saskatchewan Safari Ep. 2 – Waterfowl & Whitewater

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Well into our trip down Northern Saskatchewan’s Porcupine River Tori, Buck and I brave the elements, and paddle hard through heavy rain, and headwinds. In the succeeding days we’re faced with some serious whitewater challenges, and I solo a couple heavy rapids. But not without taking advantage of the amazing Pike fishing the river has to offer. Tori and I also dine on wild duck, and wild blueberries that find their way into our pancakes. Do I dump in one of the rapids? You’ll have to watch to find out…I hope you’re enjoying my channel, and please don’t forget to subscribe.

 

Transcript:

not a nice morning here in the porcupine

River we’re just going to choke down

some oatmeal here and some coffees and

get out on the river we have a pretty

easy day ahead of us

and some beautiful scenery too so

looking forward to finally getting on

the water so long horrible day of

paddling in your distance and it just

freakin hammered rain all day

we’re both soaked up you know your

raincoat it only does so much it seems

like and then water starts getting in

the cracks and wet and cold good news is

we’re making time today because there’s

actually currently part of the river I

like coming out here because it’s a

really good experience I got a lot of

people get to have but then there are

times where I think what the hell did I

get myself into

and this is one of those times because

an absolutely freezing it’s dumping rain

and soaked to the bone and hungry

those few more kilometers to go before

we can call it a day so I’m hoping the

current picked up again

first thing first is your shelter then

you can worry about getting warmer pulls

on getting your fire usually go shelter

fire water I usually go shelter our fire

water okay food doesn’t actually warm

you up but we’re not actually going to

die here let me tell you we get to camp

after crappie day like this just on a

booze major morale booster okay that’s

that’s a tip for you right there believe

me at work what are you making towards

summer sausage cheese cut up and put it

into a PITA

just hold it by a fire crisp it up

the morning of day 6 we woke up to just

slamming rain we decided okay whatever

let’s just get out there so we just got

out broke camp in the rain it’s time to

get out there and start giving her and

see if we can make some distance

bad side pike actually to get either

their big one

look at that some Rapids are easier to

paddle solo especially big waves because

you kind of float up over them I got

this awesome north water spray deck that

will allow me to face backwards

essentially making the stern the bow and

now that’s what I’m going to do here on

these ralph is

just ran an awesome rapid plus three

class three plus two people we wanted

taken in a lot of water and there’s

another rapid downriver so not the rapid

you want to joke around on

here on the moor q Pine River northern

Saskatchewan and I was able to jump

shoot a yearling duck looked like it was

an orphan yearling actually probably

wouldn’t have made the flight South you

know what we’re going to do is I’m going

to clean this duck I’m going to roast

this over the fire and I’m going to do

it in a way that was taught to me by the

cree natives in mutiny Ontario’s called

Sokka Vaughn which technically means the

goose that are strung up and spun we’re

just going to let that then you can do

it goose this way in about two hours I’m

taking the Ducks going to take probably

half that maybe now or maybe a bit more

depending on the user bar every once a

while just spin it back up make sure it

keeps spinning well it’s been roasting

for a while

not what

so today we’re going to have blueberry

pancakes because there are wild

blueberries all around our campsite so I

just went pick the bond to be pretty

delicious decided agreed and we’re just

boiling a little water here over the

fire for coffee

saving our stoves guys but how’s that

kid Tori jumped out to see if the poor

tossed trail started a little closer to

the fall it’s always good to be careful

when you’re approaching a waterfall

obviously getting out of the boat and

scouting never hurts okay getting

towards the end of the day here and I

decided I was going to solo a class for

totally blew blam the whole thing I

wouldn’t run unless I knew there’s no

boulders no rabbits down river whoa

I was exciting what I do is I keep a

throw bag just clip to the bow and stern

and if I dump I grab that throw bag

right away and that way I have the canoe

on the end of a rope let’s grab this

handle pull the thing right out and swim

to shore great rescue mechanism after I

paddled back up the Eddie to get Tory I

saw this beautiful campsite just right

next to the rapid one of the things I

went ahead and did was I built this

drawing rack here just got a couple of Y

sticks and another piece on top I built

up a good-sized fire and I just hung the

two shirts I was wearing in my pants

over the drawing rack I built chilled by

the fire and rotated them a couple times

and all my clothes are nice and dry so

always a great thing to do when your

clothes are out build a drying rack

right beside the fire and get your stuff

dried out not very hard to do so

mosquitoes and black flies up here can

get really bad and what I bring with me

is a thermos elf backpacker repeller

the bugs are bad in the morning I can

eat my breakfast and peas for when I’m

cleaning fish is great or when we’re

packing up the tent in the morning just

having this running really really help you

 

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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.