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In this episode I take a solo 9 day expedition, into Newfoundland, Canada’s, Bay Du Nord Wilderness Reserve. The trip takes places in mid August of 2016. I get flown into the heart of the 2,895 sq/km provincially protected area by Gene Ploughman of Thorburn Aviation and dropped on the shores of Diamond Lake, about 75 kilometres from the nearest community.
The sole purpose of this trip was to test the Alpacka Raft and my abilities to navigate our unforgiving bush with it. It passed with flying colours being extremely light, durable and maneuverable. This was all in preparation for the 700 kilometre expedition across our province that I successfully completed with my dog Saku last spring/summer 2017. There’s a documentary of that trip in the making.
Here’s a CBC news link related to the Cross Newfoundland trip:
I also tested other gear, my physical and mental capacities and last but not least, enjoyed great fishing, relaxation and breathtaking Newfoundland scenery.
The Bay Du Nord is home to the Canadian Heritage River of the same name ” Bay Du Nord River” and also the largest protected river system in our province. Caribou which are in abundance were seen often on this trip and I managed some really intriguing footage.
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Adventure was filmed with a GoPro Hero 3+ and Canon T5i. Due to having the Hero 3+ in its waterproof housing I recorded some scrappy audio at times, I hope you can tolerate it!
Other Informative Links:
THORBURN AVIATION- http://www.newfoundlandlabrador.com/plan-and-book/tours/213373
BLOG POST I WROTE ON THE EXPERIENCE AND GEAR USED-
Twelve Days of Bush Living On Your Back
ALPACKA RAFTS- https://www.alpackaraft.com/rafting/
BAY DU NORD WILDERNESS INFO- http://www.flr.gov.nl.ca/natural_areas/wer/r_bdnw/index.html
Blog Post on Crossing Newfoundland- We made it across the Rock!