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100 Miles Through the Rockies from Jasper to Grande Cache - Freezing Rain and River Crossings
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100 Miles Through the Rockies from Jasper to Grande Cache - Freezing Rain and River Crossings

#jimbairdadventurer #backpacking #thruhiking 100 Miles Through the Rockies from Jasper to Grande Cache - Freezing Rain and River Crossings; A 13 hour day of pushing hard through Glacier and Desolation Pass, and also losing the trail and walking 2km out of our way before finding camp. Not long after hitting the trail, we found 'Summit Cabin' only about 300 meters from our camp, it was too dark the night before to find it. After checking out the canyon we found ourselves walking on a well work horse trail with ground squirrels darting and chirping around us in the alpine meadows. Buck was very interested in them, he'd never seen one before being a Northern Ontario dog. Soon a nasty ice rain picked up, the trails turned muddy, and we started getting wet and cold. We found the newly refurbished 'Sprit House' of a trapper who'd died in an avalanche abut 80 years prior. The rains picked up again as we traveled gradually down in elevation, and we both agreed that it was likely snowing hard in the pass where we were the day before. Soon we saw a beautiful Cow Moose who was pretty curious and we got some good footage of her. At this point we were freezing cold and we made camp while the cow was still observing us. I was able to get a fire going thanks to the dry branches on the trunk of a Spruce tree. (Large Spruces always seem to leave a dry patch at their base). We crawled into bed and it hammered rain all night long. The next morning was cold and snow was on the mountain peaks, but our spirits were high, moving on we began to notice the trails had been recently cut, and even a new horse bridge had been built over a creek. It was a dream compared to the heavy willows we trudged through after crossing the height-of-land into Wilmore Wilderness. After our first river crossing, (a relatively easy one despite the swollen river) we saw several horses set out to graze and a horse packing camp with people from the Rocky Mountain Wilderness Society, they were the ones clearing the trails. A couple people from the group shared some of their stories, and told us of nine generations their families had been living in the area and traveling these trails. They told us about the first people to cut the trails, and a little about how the old way of life was. Most were Metis, a unique culture in western Canada of people derived from a mix of various indigenous and western European backgrounds. Meeting the horse packers was one of the highlights of our trip. It just seemed to be so authentically 'The Alberta Rockies' and their sentiments for conservation resonated with Tori and I. Staying in a very rustic Alberta Forest Services Cabin that night made this all the more true. But well before reaching the cabin we were faced with a sketchy river crossing, the most dangerous of our trip. If you slip and get washed down river in the swift current, you could easily loose your whole pack or worse. Tori was a little concerned when Buck had to swim across the swift current, but we were all okay. Moving on, the Sulphur River proved to hold fish, mostly Bull Trout which are protected in Alberta so I threw them back. There are not a lot of good fishing holes directly adjacent to the trail, but I managed to catch five fish in all. Soon we turned east and left the Sulphur River behind us and started to cross Hayden Ridge. The feeling of fear that you will not be able to accomplish your goal going into a trip like this, and then giving it all you have to come out victorious is one of the purest human emotions. And even while writing this, seven months after the trip, I still feel deeply emotional and attached to our Rocky Mountains. There is a wild and free spirit that lingers there, and it will become a part of you if you enter it's domain. 0:00 Lost in Desolation Pass 3:27 Overview of the Day 6:26 Morning Day 5 12:49 Summit Cabin 16:57 Grave of Jacque Thappe 19:16 moose Sighting 19:57 morning Day 6 25:23 First River Crossing 27:06 Horsepackers 28:53 Crossing Sulphur River 32:56 Sulphur Cabin 34:59 Morning Day 7 41:03 Fishing for Cutthroat Trout 44:05 More Fishing 47:10 Top of Hayden Ridge 48:38 Camp Night 7 50:27 Morning Day 8 53:09 Crossing Cowlick Creek 54:08 Horsepackers 56:45 Making it to Grande Cache 58:00 Trip Wrap Up - Subscribe to Jim Baird The Adventurer: https://www.youtube.com/c/jimbairdtheadventurer - Check out my website www.theadventurer.ca - Like my Facebook page, Jim Baird - Adventurer: https://www.facebook.com/jbadventurer/ - Follow me on Twitter @JBadventurer https://twitter.com/JBadventurer?lang=en - Follow me on Instagram jbadventurer https://www.instagram.com/jbadventurer Thanks, a lot! As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Agawa Gear: http://agawagear.com/discount/JBADVENTURER
100 Miles Through the Rockies from Jasper to Grande Cache - Lost in Desolation Pass
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100 Miles Through the Rockies from Jasper to Grande Cache - Lost in Desolation Pass

Backpacking through the Rocky Mountains in 2017 with my wife Tori. We trekked from Jasper to Grande Cache over the course of 8 days and covered a distance of approximately 160km (100 miles). The first couple of days were amongst the most challenging as our bodies got used to carrying such heavy loads up steep climbs. The smoke in the air form the rampant BC forest fires was concerning as it was burning my eyes, and making me worry that the fires may encroach. But we pushed on, apprehensive that we'd bitten off more than we could chew - we needed to average 20km a day and our packs were heavy. The earlier stretches of the North Boundary Trail are not shockingly beautiful like the rest of Jasper, however it's flat and easy to navigate, plus any monotony is quickly forgotten with a side trip into Snake Indian Falls, it's thought to be one of the most impressive waterfalls in the Rockies. Alternate access to this route is via Rock Lake though you'd miss the Falls. Broken again at the end of day two, we passed the Rock Lake Trail fork, and knew it was our last chance to bail. But even though we were pushing ourselves so hard, it was so rewarding when we'd reach camp and meet our daily goal again, that we never considered it. The trail between Little Heaven Campsite in Jasper and Mountain Trail in Wilmore Wilderness is completely unmaintained, and difficult to get info on. When you're high up in Glacier and and then Desolation Pass, you're past the tree line and heading through a valley flanked by barren peaks on either side which help guide the way. The trail was particularly hard to follow through this area. 0:00 - Intro 2:37 - Trek Begins 5:05 - Celestine Trailhead 12:30 - Stages of Brokenness 14:40 - Getting to Camp Night 1 - Shale Banks 15:48 - Morning Day 2 20:11 - Snake Indian Falls 25:59 - Wild Edibles 27:35 - Getting to Camp Night 2 - Willow Creek 28:48 - Morning Day 3 33:50 - Buck Goes for a Swim 36:36 - Storing Fishing Rod for Backpacking 42:40 - Getting to Camp Night 3 - Little Heaven 47:20 - Hanging Food In Tree 49:55 - Morning Day 4 52:58 - Creek Crossing 55:16 - Broken Fishing Rod 1:02:49 - Checking Maps 1:05:39 - Height-of-Land - Subscribe to Jim Baird The Adventurer: https://www.youtube.com/c/jimbairdtheadventurer - Check out my website www.theadventurer.ca - Like my Facebook page, Jim Baird - Adventurer: https://www.facebook.com/jbadventurer/ - Follow me on Twitter @JBadventurer https://twitter.com/JBadventurer?lang=en - Follow me on Instagram jbadventurer https://www.instagram.com/jbadventurer
18 Must Know Bush Skills for Every Outdoorsman to Master
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18 Must Know Bush Skills for Every Outdoorsman to Master

#JimBairdAdventurer #Outdoors #BushSkills 18 Must Know Bush Skills for any outdoorsman to master: The skills I share in this video are: Identifying Chantelle Mushrooms, Beer Battered Walleye Over the Fire, How to Preserve Berries Over the Fire, How to make bannock, How to Smoke Meat in the Backcountry, Cook Trout on a Stick, How to make emergency cordage, How to Set a Springing Net Trap, How to Light a Bow Drill Fire in Wet Conditions, How to Make a Tarp Canoe Ising Sticks and Snare Wire, How to Find the Best Ferro Rod Fire Starting Tinder in the Bush, How to use a compass, How to Dry Your Boots Using Hot Rocks, Keep your sleeping bag warm with hot rocks, How to Build a Tarp Boat, How to paddle your canoe straight, How to Eddy-Out Your Canoe In Rapids, How to shoulder your canoe and How to Trim Your Canoe for Paddling into a Headwind. 0:00 How to Identify Chantrelle Mushrooms 1:16 How to Cook Beer-Battered Fillets Over the Fire 2:29 How to Dry Berries with Fire 3:34 How to Make Bannock at Camp 4:54 How to Smoke Venison in the Backcountry 6:53 How to Cook Trout on a Stick 7:59 How to Make Emergency Cordage 9:16 How to Set a Springing Net Trap 10:54 How to Light a Bow Drill Fire in Wet Conditions 13:20 The Best Ferro Rod Tinder 14:17 How to Use a Compass 15:41 Drying Out Your Boots with Hot Rocks 16:13 Heat Your Sleeping Bag with Hot Rocks 17:17 How to Build a Tarp Boat 19:40 How to Paddle Straight 20:32 How to Eddy Out 21:34 How to Shoulder a Canoe 22:41 How to Trim Your Canoe for Paddling in Wind Thanks for watching and please subscribe to my channel. Follow me on social media: https://www.Facebook.com/jbadventurer https://Instagram.com/jbadventurer/ https://Twitter.com/jbadventurer Check out my website: https://www.theadventurer.com Thanks for your support and have a great day!
How-To Make a Map Case for Wilderness Adventure Trips - Storing Your Topographic Maps in the Field
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How-To Make a Map Case for Wilderness Adventure Trips - Storing Your Topographic Maps in the Field

#jimbairdadventurer #outdoors Camping gear: How-To Make a Map Case for Wilderness Adventure Trips - Storing Your Topographic Maps in the Field: Can't find what you need? Why not make your own outdoor gear. SealLine Large HP Map Case 22" x 15.5" is no longer made. Other map cases on the market are sub par, not large enough or only one side is see-through. Ziplock opening map cases are trash because they don't keep the water out, (they need to have a roll-top and velcro system). Before SealLine made their HP Map Case, I used to make my own like the one you see in this how-to video. After misplacing my SealLine Large HP Map Case and searching high and low for it. I called a couple outdoor stores and searched on line for one too, only to learn they are no longer in production. With a quickly approaching canoe camping trip to the Yukon, I took matters into my own hands and headed out to source the things I needed to make my own map case again. Thanks for watching, please like this video and subscribe to my YouTube channel. My next major video seres will cover a solo adventure in the Yukon! - Please follow me on social media: Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/jbadventurer Instagram: https://www.Instagram.com/jbadventurer/ Tiktok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMNU5JbTH/?k=1 Twitter: https://Twitter.com/JBadventurer Check out my website: https://www.theadventurer.com - Buy the Boreal 24 Folding Saw you see me use in this video through my affiliate link here: http://agawagear.com/discount/JBADVENTURER Check out this playlist of all my full length documentaries: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uZJhuXoggI&list=PLdWkde9gml_89VAfO09MUL6NsCXr4E6lN Chapters: 0:00 Items You'll Need to Make the Map Case Thanks again for watching and have a great day!
Walleye Catch & Cook + Finding a 100 Year Old Alligator Boat - 3 Nights Camping With Kids
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Walleye Catch & Cook + Finding a 100 Year Old Alligator Boat - 3 Nights Camping With Kids

#outdoors #JimBairdAdventurer #FamilyCamping Walleye Catch & Cook + Finding a 100 Year Old Alligator Boat - 3 Nights Camping With Kids on the French River. Family camping with kids has its challenges. My wife Tori and I headed out onto the lower French River on a motor boat camping trip with our baby Hudson and our 3 year old son Wesley. We were being broadsided with wind and waves and I was soaking. Wesley had been woken up from a nap for the 11 km boat ride and was crying. It was not ideal. We were heading to a remote campsite to meet up with my cousin and his wife for three nights of camping. We ended up exploring the area by boat, fishing for Walleye (Pickerel) with worm harnesses and enjoyed a fish fry over the campfire. We also make camp poutine which is delicious! Before packing up, a black bear swam across the channel right I front of our campsite too. Always nice to see some wildlife. - Thanks for watching, please like this video 👍 subscribe, and click the bell icon 🔔 so you receive a notification whenever I post a new video. Here's a link to my channel's home page: https://www.youtube.com/c/JimBairdAdventurer - Buy the Boreal 24 Folding Saw you see me use in this video through my affiliate link here: http://agawagear.com/discount/JBADVENTURER - Please follow me on social media: Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/jbadventurer Instagram: https://www.Instagram.com/jbadventurer/ Tiktok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMNU5JbTH/?k=1 Twitter: https://Twitter.com/JBadventurer Check out my website: https://www.theadventurer.com Check out this playlist with all my family videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZ-qhEnQVOQ&list=PLdWkde9gml_-zv8TXImd3Ob7HteTkNOQj Check out this winter camping adventure my wife Tori and I did with our kids this past Feb https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nySKKna5jL4 Check out this playlist of all my full length documentaries: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uZJhuXoggI&list=PLdWkde9gml_89VAfO09MUL6NsCXr4E6lN Chapters: 0:00 11km in a Small Boat, Soaked by Spray 01:23 Wild Blueberries at Campsite 02:00 Gone Walleye Fishing Worm Harness Rig 07:29 Fire Lighting & Filleting Fish 10:19 Jim Baird's Son Wesley's Birthday! 10:56 Fish Fry Walleye & Pass Pan Fry 12:38 Exploring the French River by Boat & Trek 14:00 Old Alligator Boat's Steam Engine 14:29 Making Camp Camping & Steaks Over the Fire 17:19 Bear Swims Across Channel, Breaking Camp & Boat Ride Out Thanks again for watching and have a great day!
Backcountry Fishing & Shore Lunch with My Self Reliance -  Good Fishing Holes are Hard to Reach
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Backcountry Fishing & Shore Lunch with My Self Reliance - Good Fishing Holes are Hard to Reach

#JimBairdAdventurer #Fishing #Outdoors Backcountry Fishing & Shore Lunch with @My Self Reliance Good Fishing Holes are Hard to Reach: Shawn James of My Self Reliance and Nate Muskoka met me in my neck of the woods with plans to reach a remote river fishing hole. Portaging, canoeing, bushwhack solo whitewater, fishing tackle in tow, we made our way to a stretch of river that is good for fishing. My Husky dog North was along for the adventure. Small mouth Bass and Walleye were caught on this Canada outdoors survival trip. Soon, fish were filleted and over the fire cooking for a large shore lunch was underway. Up river travel was necessary on the way out, Nate used a kayak paddle to blast up one of the swifts and Shawn James and I waded or portaged up. It all turned out to be a great day in the bush. Please subscribe to my channel! Hey, it’s free and I have a lot of exciting content in the pipe. Follow @My Self Reliance on YouTube https://youtube.com/c/ShawnJamesMySelfReliance Follow Nate on Instagram: https://instagram.com/natemuskoka?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= Check out my social media channels and website: Https://www.Instagram.com/jbadventurer/ Https://www.Facebook.com/jbadventurer Https://Twitter.com/JBadventurer https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMNkYHocy/?k=1 Check out my full length documentaries. https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLdWkde9gml_89VAfO09MUL6NsCXr4E6lN Check out some of my previous fishing adventures with My Self Reliance: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLdWkde9gml_-h_RcidZ1J-KdjCfQGu5IM https://youtu.be/34zmotoWMpE Thanks again for your support and have a great day!