Video of the Week: Chasing Wild

Four hundred kilometers is a long trip by any measure, but when you’re traveling it by bicycle and pack-raft through some of Canada’s most remote terrain, it takes on an entirely new meaning. In this video, three friends do exactly that. You’ll have the privilege of following along as they journey through the northwestern sections of British Columbia, encountering some of Canada’s most stunning scenery. They’ll search for the sacred headwaters, the birthplace of three critical salmon rivers and home to the Tahltan people, while tackling frigid river rapids, encountering large and dangerous wildlife, and fishing for enormous salmon in isolated currents. Then, after falling in love with this beautiful place, learn about the recent mining disaster that threatened it all, and the additional mines that are slated for development in the coming years.

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Chris didn’t receive a real taste of the outdoors until moving to Prescott, Arizona, in 2009. While working on his business degree, he learned to fly and spent his weekends exploring the Arizona desert and high country. It was there that he fell in love with backcountry travel and four-wheel drive vehicles, eventually leading him to Overland Journal and Expedition Portal. After several years of honing his skills in writing, photography, and off-road driving, Chris now works for the company full time as Expedition Portal's Managing Editor.

2 Comments

  • Vince

    October 29th, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    Awesome video. Beautiful country. Educational. Three buds on an expedition together. Hair raising experiences. What more can you ask for. Thanks for sharing.

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  • SkeenaOverland

    November 3rd, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    I think what concerns me about short films like this is the simplification of complex issues bolted onto a tourist film with insufficient balance or an overt agenda. The graphics showing cross border downstream discharge into Alaska are particularly amusing, having scant regard for actual probability and impacts of failure. The Tahltan are to be commended for preservation of the Sacred headwaters, yet they support major projects and have full employment due to major mine projects including Red Chris, as well and revenue sharing agreements to support their community, culture and future. My Polley (600km SE of this area) root cause analysis showed a complex and unique set of oversights in a 20 year old dam design, where standards today are significantly different.

    Those of us who live and work here in NW BC manage to fish, hunt and love the wilderness while sustaining our communities and raise families through jobs in safe and modern industries. The two can be combined and while we (both indigenous and non-indigenous communities) sometimes struggle to find that balance, we are finding a path forward is possible. Please educate yourselves with a balanced input and an open mind and don’t polarise matters, it slowly undermines and damages the fabric of our society here in the NW.

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