VIDEO: A Cold Spring Night in the Newfoundland Bush with Dogs

VIDEO: A Cold Spring Night in the Newfoundland Bush with Dogs


This is overnight trip I made in mid April 2018, with my Cape Shore Water Dog, Saku and Husky, Bear. I cross country ski into the woods of central Newfoundland, Canada and get up close and personal with ripping wind and cold spring weather.

I underline how simple it is to spend a night out and that you do not need the best skills or gear to do so. Other than my low end cross country skis (snowshoeing is another option), sled($90) and essential wool base layers ($220 although you can get a sufficient set for under $100), the rest of my kit for this trip was relatively cheap. Including arguably the three most important items, my one person tent ($20 Canadian Tire), minus 17 comfort rated sleeping bag ($130 Canadian Tire) and Thermarest RidgeRest sleeping pad ($40 MEC).

For a cold weather trip like this those three items only cost a total of $190. In comparison, I have a Rab winter sleeping bag that cost $400 and a MSR Hubba Hubba two person tent that cost $500. Note: wool socks that your nan can knit you and a toque are also essential for sleeping in the cold conditions.

All said and done, it can be very comfortable and enjoyable in the woods, no matter the weather, without breaking the bank. By pushing yourself a little outside your comfort zone you will learn as you go and even get a well deserved break from the demands of our modern lives. A break that in my opinion, nothing else can compare to. I think many others would agree.

Just make sure that if you do decide to venture out in colder weather, that you have sufficient protection from the elements. Keep in mind that it’s never a bad idea to try these types of experiences in your own backyard or close to home at first. Then you’ll know if you are well enough equipped.

Thanks for watching, I hope you enjoy the show.

*Check out my latest 1700 km expedition video trailer below. Trip is slated for this July 2018:*

Link here for more info as well: Video Trailer: Man and Dog Across Labrador Peninsula 2018 Expedition

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Adventure was filmed with a GoPro Hero 5 black.


Excellent video!! Actually ALL your videos are fantastic!!
This is the very first time I have ever commented on anything on YouTube so I hope I’m doing this right.
I’m a fellow transplanted Newfie living in Alberta I don’t have what it takes anymore to go for an overnighter but I do get a chance to camp and fish but when I see you and your expeditions I can’t but reflect on my father and how he would love to do that too. So you see my friend I’m reliving my dad’s memories through you. Please keep it up I can’t wait to see what’s on the horizon from you.
You don’t have to be a Newfie to appreciate your videos but you have to be a true Newfie to make them. You have shown the world that you are not only a proud Newfoundlander but most importantly that you are a true friend of nature…your pack it in and pact it out way of life should be reflected the world over.
Thank you.

I write poetry…I would like to dedicate this one to you and with your blessing I would like your approval to write one just for you.

The sleepy morning sun rises
In the welcoming eastern sky
Its warmth bathes tanned bodies
Its radiance cleanses foggy minds

Birds start their drowsy morning calls
Butterflies combat the slightest breeze
There’s a slight hint of morning dew
As shadows grow lesser from lofty trees

The rivers water has cooled overnight
Causing shivers to reach deep within
The campfire gives the warmest glow
Reminiscences of the city grows dim

Our hung over minds clear with a stroll
Where trails and waters merge as one
We breathe in deep the fresh clean air
This is my drug of choice, my heroin

As the day continues to march along
The shadows grow longer with time
The flames grow higher with every new log
It refreshes and eases the mind

Another bottle is quickly laid to rest
Another day has reached its end
It’s time to get a needed snooze
For tomorrow we do this again

The sleepy morning sun rises
In the welcoming eastern sky
Its warmth bathes tanned bodies
Its radiance cleanses foggy minds

Wow that’s an amazing piece of work Frank. Beautiful. Thanks so much for the kind words and for writing that. I am glad I help you remember your father. Would you mind if I shared this on my group maybe? And posted it as anonymous? or I could use your name if you wanted. Thanks again! Justin

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