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OneMatch
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12/20/2014 12:18PM   (Thread Older Than 3 Years)
BeaV's baaaaack!

Okay all you BeaV junkies, thanks for your patience. We're still having a bit of a problem with part 12 and soon I will put up a better quality, full screen version here. Hopefully this will satisfy your needs for now!

This is 47:30 in length.

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Paddle To, Through and Around Alaska - Part 12 - The Bering Sea Coastline

part 13 and the final part 14 will be up later this evening.
 
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Savage Voyageur
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12/20/2014 03:07PM  
Wow I would have never thought of the Bearing Sea having those mud flats there. To spend a night out there on them must have been scary.
 
HighPlainsDrifter
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12/20/2014 04:08PM  
I was surprised to see the extent of the mud flats along the coast. Is the source of the sediment the Yukon River over 1000's of years?. I suppose the currents sweep along the coast and as the current slacks, the sediment drops.... "quick mud". Need a geologist here.

Beav emphasized the sediment in the water of the Yukon was so thick that you could hear it grind against the hull (when he put the video recorder down inside the hull).

Seriously scary place to be in a canoe.
 
12/20/2014 04:40PM  
parts look like the surface of the moon--- what a god awful place.
 
thinblueline
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12/20/2014 06:05PM  
This video stressed me out, even from the comforts of my own home. I have to keep reminding myself BeaV made it out of there...LOL.
 
hobbydog
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12/20/2014 06:11PM  
The part where the loon hitched a ride was pretty cool.
 
12/20/2014 06:19PM  
I am still totaly amazed by this trip! I hadn't previously know anything about the mud flats and all of the challenges associated with paddling in them.
Again, thanks to BeaV and Jerry for sharing this... we really do appreciate it!
 
OneMatch
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12/20/2014 06:35PM  
quote ghamer: "I am still totaly amazed by this trip! I hadn't previously know anything about the mud flats and all of the challenges associated with paddling in them.
Again, thanks to BeaV and Jerry for sharing this... we really do appreciate it!"

Thanks, Gary! Couldn't have done this without CanoeKev. On this particular episode he actually had to re-edit it and piece it back together to make it work. Weird glitch in the DVD.
Kevin is awesome.
 
JimmyJustice
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12/20/2014 06:55PM  
BeaV, I really don't have words to describe what I just saw. I need to watch this again with a bit of whiskey to calm my nerves. I can only muster up two questions at this point.

1. Did you and your paddling partner part as friends?

2. Are you daft man! In all seriousness, your commentary suggests that you were in control the entire time, but in hindsight, how mentally challenging was the distance covered in this episode? Obviously it was a different challenge than trekking over the pass or through the tundra or up a dry creek bed. But being out three plus miles and stuck in the mud must have been mentally taxing. Or was it just "part of the adventure"?
 
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12/20/2014 10:13PM  
Amazing. JerryG
 
12/22/2014 10:58AM  
quote HighPlainsDrifter: "I was surprised to see the extent of the mud flats along the coast. Is the source of the sediment the Yukon River over 1000's of years?. "
I don't know the answer to this question, I've wondered myself. Yes the large rivers dump a huge sediment load into the Bering Sea but not sure if this is the sole reason. I spoke with a crew from a transport ship when I had stopped in Emmonak and they said the shallows extend far offshore. They travel 80 miles from shore to have water deep enough to travel through.

Need a geologist for sure on this one.
 
ozarkpaddler
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12/22/2014 11:10AM  
quote thinblueline: "This video stressed me out, even from the comforts of my own home. I have to keep reminding myself BeaV made it out of there...LOL."

Heheheheh, I've been that way several times through these videos; I finish, wipe my brow, think "Wow, that was a close call!"
 
12/22/2014 01:33PM  
quote JimmyJustice: "1. Did you and your paddling partner part as friends?


2. Are you daft man! In all seriousness, your commentary suggests that you were in control the entire time, but in hindsight, how mentally challenging was the distance covered in this episode? Obviously it was a different challenge than trekking over the pass or through the tundra or up a dry creek bed. But being out three plus miles and stuck in the mud must have been mentally taxing. Or was it just "part of the adventure"?"

1. Yes the loon and I departed on good terms. After cutting the net off of him and photos, we traveled together for about a half hour. I got a kick out of him just sitting there on my leg as I paddled into the night:) Not sure why he stayed on my lap- maybe he was exhausted from fighting the net or he liked the warmth of my leg? When he decided it was time to depart he hopped into the water and flew off.

2. Yes this stretch of the Bering Sea was the most mentally taxing of any stretch of the trip. Most of the time I could not see land- only water and sky. This required paddling toward a designated cloud low on the horizon. Miserable winds and rain day after day. Fear of being blown out to sea, fear of being stranded in mud, fear of not reaching shore at night,... Shore was not really high ground- plenty of evidence that showed in a big storm shore becomes ocean. Always kept my camp packed up so I could get into canoe quickly if need be.

Physically, this stretch was also some of the most challenging. This was the only stretch of the Adventure where physically I couldn't go anymore. I didn't film very often on the Bering Sea so most of the difficulties are not on the video, but I remember 'em.
 
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12/24/2014 06:45PM  
mud flats. ugh!
about the time you were here I typed something to the effect of 'wonder what he's thinking?"
now I know
 
MacCamper
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12/26/2014 06:25AM  
Not an adventure anymore, but rather a saga of epic proportions. Your stamina, both physical and mental are admirable. I cannot imagine your thoughts as the water supply dwindled. My 2015 summer BWCA plans, and minor challenges they will likely present, seem infantile, and my historic camping impediments of head winds, opposing portages, marginal camp sites and cognitive hurdles make me chuckle. Your's truly has been a trip of a lifetime. Thanks.
 
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