10 DAY WILDERNESS CANOE TRIP || Lessons From The Allagash

10 DAY WILDERNESS CANOE TRIP || Lessons From The Allagash


Big Land is the story of 4 friends embarking on the adventure of a lifetime in search of a wildness seldom found in the urban sprawl of the Anthropocene. In an effort to better understand America’s first sport fish, and the eastern seaboard’s only native trout, filmmakers and anglers Chase and Aimee Bartee lead a canoe expedition into North America’s last great and unexplored frontier; Labrador. There’s only one problem, they’ve never even paddled a canoe before.

Driven by a 15 year old rumor of an untouched and forgotten Brook Trout nirvana, Chase and Aimee, accompanied by Chris Sinclair, a Nova Scotian fishing guide and Dylan Markey, a registered Maine whitewater guide journey into the unknown. Injuries, bear encounters, hordes of bloodthirsty insects and dangerous weather force the team to adapt quickly to their new sub arctic home, or risk returning empty handed. With the fish proving to be as elusive and fleeting as the dancing Aurora above them, the crew soon discovers that their experiences on the Labrador tundra are bigger than any one fish, person, or adventure. They find themselves journeying through culture and time, trading in the shackles of the modern world for a life lived more deliberately, aligned with the rhythms of the river.


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  1. TheFishingFanatic on May 25, 2020 at 4:27 pm

    You two are a true inspiration! Living the dream!

  2. Grant Henderson on May 25, 2020 at 4:27 pm

    Great film, great journey! Thanks for sharing this with us all.

  3. Tavares Outdoors on May 25, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    It’s been 10-12 year since I’ve been on the Allagash I now live in the Midwest far from Maine but this video brought back such awesome memories for me thank you really !!! Thank you 🙏🏻

  4. Kwons POV on May 25, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    Love this

  5. Jack Welch on May 25, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    Is this a paid endorsement? Sheesh

  6. Kim Walton on May 25, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    Great video editing. Looks amazing

  7. SmartyThePants on May 25, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    Utterly amazing. This filled me with a sense of adventure, wonder, fear, excitement, purpose and more. There is much to overcome when endeavoring to undertake such feats – courage being a must. Thank you so much for sharing your adventure with us. I hope to see more.

  8. Daniel Newhouse on May 25, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    On my first canoeing trip, my father breaked right, turning the canoe into an embankment on the right, dunking myself, my father, and my mother.

  9. GEEPER ! on May 25, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    Were you with a guide or have a valid permit ?

  10. adam nelson on May 25, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    It that three rivers lodge in Labrador?

  11. Lakes and Hikes on May 25, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    Very well done video, I really enjoyed this. I’m just counting the days to my canoe trip and this video just excites me even more.

  12. Camilo O'Kuinghttons on May 25, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    Beautiful video that I truly enjoyed, however difficult to "listen" nature, or your voices with a very poor choice of music, very loud and out of place.

  13. Sweet Tony on May 25, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    Good stuff. Not for nothing but Little Allagash Falls is not in Aroostook County. It is in Piscataquis County.

  14. Danielle Rootes on May 25, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    I just wanted to say that your video on the Allagash is beautiful and your trailer at the end is absolutely incredible. The music gave your trailer a wild feel and gave me goosebumps. The mosquito seen was terrifying but beautiful!! Extraordinary!

  15. dolbydarma on May 25, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    Every single shot was flawless, what a gorgeous film! Thank you for Sharing.

  16. SHRUGZ PLAYS on May 25, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    i watched this while high, it was a beautiful emotional roller coaster i must say.

  17. theguyinmaine on May 25, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    Allagash is great if you hit it right. I solo canoe trip. I’ve done that one 3 times, once I ran in to 1 couple, the second only a few, the third was like an interstate highway. If you hit it right it’s fantastic.

  18. Tight Loops on May 25, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    *HEY GUYS!!! PSSSST! BIG LAND IS LIVE! Check it out: **https://vimeo.com/ondemand/bigland*

  19. jon landry on May 25, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    It makes me laugh when i tell somebody I’m from Maine and they reply, "where’s that?" Your video captured where Maine is, it’s beautiful, that’s where it’s at!!

  20. Claire-Marie Harrower on May 25, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    What type of fishing net did you use?

  21. Bad Batch on May 25, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    Great video guys! Looking forward to more. Subbed and liked 😉

  22. Andrew Domonic on May 25, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    Oh cool, the leftist hipsters are invading yet another outdoor activity. First it was upland hunting, then fly fishing and now traditional canoeing.

  23. Bitty Big Q on May 25, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    Beautiful video! Amazing views. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Daniel Newhouse on May 25, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    The are 3 ways to steer a canoe from the rear. Paddle on the opposite side to get the canoe to turn the opposite direction. Break on the same side to get the canoe to turn in the same direction. Also, backpaddle on the same side to get the canoe to turn in the same direction.

  25. Jacob Jorgenson on May 25, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    hipster hardships 😉

  26. Peter Keto on May 25, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    From the camera you used, you were able to squeeze every last drop of pixel out of it. Looks amazing. For a video camera (a DSLR) it came out great. I usually shoot on Arri Alexas and those cameras look versus your look isn’t far off. Look at my specs: Arri Alexa Mini with Zeiss Master Primes // your setup isnt far off. Using Zeiss glass matters.

  27. Chin Seng on May 25, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    Food is what we survive, how come you catch a fish and let it go. It’s ridicules. Is it only for filming.

  28. William Emmons on May 25, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    At 55 I paddled the allagash from telos thoroughfare to telos dam and back out to Chamberlain and the rest of the trip. I will get to Johnson pond and paddle through Allagash lake and little Allagash falls to Chamberlain. The absolute best outbound trip I have done . Nice job with the video!

  29. Zorbawon on May 25, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    A long commercial………………..

  30. allycoulombe on May 25, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    dat wuz gr8

  31. Furkan Kilic on May 25, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    Good video! May God, Allah bless you! 🙂

  32. Ginette Perron on May 25, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    Wow, this is absolutely inspiring!! Amazing video and narration!

  33. downeast primitive skills on May 25, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    I take it the more skilled use the full two weeks to make this trip.

  34. Joël Häni on May 25, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    Beautifull images! And I love how the story is told

  35. Rob XYZ on May 25, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    I did this same trip (Johnson’s Pond to Allagash Village) with my son and a few other friend in August 2019. This video was on the money. It was truly one of the most amazing adventures I’ve ever done. We took photos with my I-phone, but just couldn’t get a good photo of the night sky. Your time-laps video of the sky was perfect. I can’t wait to do this trip again.

  36. Armand Meessen on May 25, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    Seriously nice colours! Especially from a a7iii! Do you used a specific custom made pp? Any specific color correction settings?

  37. theguyinmaine on May 25, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    Get rid of that Penobscot and find a used 17′ Old Town Tripper, that’s the best tandem wilderness canoe.

  38. Sean Connors on May 25, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    Man your cinematography skills are wicked man! Amazing video, and a question if you don’t happen to mind: what lenses do you enjoy using for landscape video/photography? Some of those shots created a sense of nirvana, and I would love a little insight on the brushes used haha! Thanks, and again, fantastic work!

  39. Bushcraft Wild Spirit on May 25, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    Excellent 🍺🍺🍺

  40. Luis Rodrigues on May 25, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    this is the most beautiful video i´ve seen in my life, Thank you for sharing !

  41. Thomas Hinton on May 25, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    What time of year was your trip?

  42. Backcountry Angling Ontario on May 25, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    Awesome vid!! Looking forward to Labrador next

  43. odinn62 on May 25, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    should have gone to mn and done the bwcaa

  44. R Gomez on May 25, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    On a different video (I think the preview) you said these lands were virgin but on here I can see you passed a railroad track, there’s picnic tables on some of the camp spots and you talk about ranger stations. Am I confusing this lake with what you explore on Big Land?

  45. Coalforge on May 25, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    Loved the whole thing but for me, it would have been better if the music didn’t over ride the person speaking. I am sure I missed some insight because I could not understand the speaker.

  46. Explore The Backcountry on May 25, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    Wow! This is amazing!! Going to check out the full length, pronto!

  47. Chronic Awareness on May 25, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    lol you hipsters…

    jk great video

  48. Doug Smith on May 25, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    Did you not go ashore one island to see the Locomotives?

  49. DAP on May 25, 2020 at 5:25 pm


  50. Юра Печенов on May 25, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    . 👍

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