Discussion in 'Adventure, Hiking, Backpacking and Travel' started by Se7eN, Dec 29, 2017.
Good stuff sir!
Epic Canoe trip, fishing and spring thunderstorms.
My oldest and I departed mid morning with the canoe loaded on the truck, headed north for a day of exploring and fishing on one of our favourite river systems.
We pulled over at one of the fresh water springs. On the side of the road to load up our nalgenes and my epic giant yeti canteen.
This thing is awesome. Keeps 15 beer or lots of water cold for a very long time lol
My loadout for the day.
Halftrack with food, water, gear
Fallkniven A1 Pro , GOShawk and ANDALTOOL Canadian forest knife
590A1 loaded for bear
My oldest is a strong canoeist. He does really well and can keep up with me on the river. He has been in this canoe every year for hours and hours ever since he was 3.
I took this picture of the Andaltool...lol i’m Rocking my HPG kit bag V2..wicked piece of kit.
Could you imagine if I dropped this in the water? I’d be hypothermic in no time because I’d be diving down to find it. NOTE: fatwood lanyard bead that I made.
This is where things got fun. The wind completely stopped and the water was glass. We could tell the weather was going to get bad as we saw it coming at us quick fast.
Out of no where a furious wind kicked up that was so severe, I couldn’t keep the canoe straight in the water and could almost not gain any momentum.
Now this doesn’t look bad, but when it hit I was amazed. The calm before the storm.
I knew of a small camp that was near our location and was seeing how for up river it was.
I got close to shore and was able to paddle up to the small makeshift dock. We were roughly 4 km up river at this point.
The rain started to come down horizontally it seems and the wind ripped through the trees. I could hear branches break and trees cracking further into the bush. I scanned to danger trees and we were in good shape.
I decided it was a good time to get the fire prepped. We were hungry and could be here a while. I had one bar of service and managed to shoot out a text to my wife and also to @Bushman5. Bushy reiterated to me to watch out for lightening and to stay off the water if there was lightening in the area. This compounded my decision to wait for calmer conditions before trying to get back down river. I am never in the water during a storm for this exact reason.
This is after things had calmed down after the first wave of rain and wind.
Chopped down some firewood with the GOShawk and cut it up with my silky bigboy saw
Done deal. While I processed the big wood, the youngster collected kindling and tinder.
Fire lit up and ready to go. Our fire site was ****ty, but it was the most open spot we could find. We didn’t want to take the chance of picking a poor spot and having an issue...
BC burns enough as it is. I don’t need to co tribute to that problem.
Andaltool Canadian Forest Knife.
Canadian made goodness right there.
Who needs a cutting board? I cut the limb of this alder and impaled my steak on it, then just cut chunks of it off with my CFK and made kebabs!!
Mmmm. I’m hungry from all the paddling and firewood processing. Can’t wait for this to be done!
Teaching the boy how to safely use his knife. This has been a process that I’ve taken my time with.
We smashed some cheese bread while the steak cooked.
This is a spoon I carved this last winter. Use it all the time.
Cooking wasn’t easy as the wind was blowing in all directions.
Eventually it was done though. Delicious steak with some jalapeño Monterey Jack cheese.
The moral of the story is this. Wherever I go, I am prepared. Some say that I “overpack”. I don’t. That’s just the difference between me and most folks.
If I had to spend the night out there with my kid, we had it made. We would have ate like kings, had fresh water to drink, shelter and fire.
Even for day trips, go prepared!
We had a nice break in the weather. I’m between storms. I texted @Bushman5 ”13% battery life left on my phone, have s break in the weather, I’m gonna ****in send it”
I loaded up my headlamp with fresh batteries before we hit the water
About an hour later of paddling hard to beat the weather, we made it back. The wind was at our backs too.
Here is the parting shot.
I texted bushy and my wife. We were on shore and loading up. What an awesome day. Just remember, predict your situation, and prepare for it. Otherwise, you will be in a sh*tty reactive situation.
Have fun and stay safe!
AWESOME report Brother! I got a few truck repairs to go this summer, but after that its canoe buying time. I miss it. Used to canoe Kootenay Lake all the time as a kid. I owned the bay and slayed rainbow trout and kokanee trout left right and center.
I have no doubt brother.
This year is the year. We are going to plan a trip and it’s going to be absolutely unreal.
Great report and pics,nice to see the older boy learning skills from you.
Like how you and Bushman trade overwatch positions on outings,good idea.
I was on Kootenay Lake once as a kid, and a sudden freak summer storm moved in like a minute.......
the water was mirror glass like @Se7eN 's lake there....me and a buddy were just slaying Kokanee salmon on Mepps Spinners.
Some old guy in a motorboat came screaming out from the shore cottages and yelled, get off the water boys, get off the water! We had no idea why he was yelling at us for but threw him the rope from the canoe and he towed us in fast.
Biggest clap of thunder i have ever heard in my life suddenly happened, followed by by a sizzling sound and a massive lightning strike on the water. Literally where we had been floating just a minute before.
the old guy was shaken up , as were us wee lads.
thanks Mister we said........ Old guy said no problem and told us about lightening and lakes......he invited us in for hot chocolate and cookies made by his wife.
No educations system will ever teach you like old timers and their experiences.
Last sentence so true Bushman...but I like how the story ended with hot chocolate and cookies!
It’s true. Young people need to spend more time listening and less time talking.
The generations before us have so much to teach!
Not another 1/4" thick boat anchor!
(I like it)
So much win in this post! Great message on preparedness and that’s a huge reason why I carry what I do on field days at work. So glad to see you posting your trips again!
Yes what’s that?
It’s a GSO 10
A Slab of CPM3V awesomeness
I’m liking the Andaltool, can you tell me a bit more about it?
May long weekend, 2019
Loaded up 4 days worth of food, water and gear. Headed north on Thursday to beat the crowds on the highway.
I headed to a special lake. One my grandfather used to take me to when I was a really young boy. 4 at least.
This area is as wild as you can imagine.
This lake was as clear as God’s conscience. We had a steady north wind the whole time, but it was welcome as it kept the bugs away.
Water levels were high. The road in was sketchy. Half washed out.
Terrain was steep. This lake is 800 feet deep in spots and it isn’t very big.
The king. Fallkniven A1 Pro. I’ve had a lot of thicker than normal knives. This one is the best.
This is one of the tributaries from the lake system. Clear as glass and full of trout.
This clear tributary dumps into this main river. It’s high, it’s dirty. It’s huge. Tons of water. Tons of power.
Thought of @Bushman5 when I took this shot. Lol
This is the superb Andaltool Canadian Forest Knife. There are many imitations, but this knife is pure perfection.
The next day, we headed out in search of Lake Trout.
We found them.
More to come.
Because the ice just came off the lake, the Lakers were close to the surface and were absolutely slaughtering Kokanee.gorging themselves on the small tasty landlocked sockeye.
They only got bigger from here.
The next day, I got this one.
I connect with these fish. They take a long time to grow and are truly fresh water sharks. I love lake trout.
Back at camp, it was time for a brew up. The mighty Tops Operator 7 from @Bushman5
This knife is superb.
We closed out the evening with a nice calm lake. Fish jumping everywhere.
The next day was calm and warm. Perfect weather for canoeing.
I can’t describe to you how gorgeous this place was.
This area is renowned for its grizzly population...
What’s that ?
I felt small here. Absolutely insane.
For me to say that takes a lot....I was armed to the teeth too.
I drove up a logging road that took us so high that in 3 kms, we found snow.
Good thing I had the heavy... 375 Ruger