Film " The New Breed" - Banff to Montreal Canoe Journey

I wold like to thank all those who have donated to the "New Breed" (NB) film project or the climbing tools series. All donations go towards increasing productions values. The film realistically will run a whopping $350,000.00 CND. Your involvement means more to me then words can say. I don't take your trust lightly and promise to produce something that you will be proud to have been a part of. A donation of $50 or more gets you a copy of the film. 

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Aven McKay at "Back to Batoche"So it is November 1st. that means that it is exactly 6 month till I start my trip. I have said this before that planning this stuff is easy actually doing it is another thing. I have been dealing with a bit of a route finding issue. That is crossing the height of land getting into Lake Superior drainage. As I may have mentioned we are crossing over the old North West companies route into the Dog River. This certainly isn't the normal route which is the Grand Portage route into the US . I chose this route from the historical perspective and it fits within the film as part of the Canadian voyageur route. So have acquired all the 1/50,000 topos for Ontario and slowly learning the software program to program a new Garmin GPS. I can also print out the map sheets I need for critical junctions. This will certainly be the crux of the route finding challenge. The rest of the routes are pretty straight forward in comparison.

         I haven't heard from the Mountain Equipment Co-Op (MEC) about my expedition grant application yet. Should hear in the next couple weeks. I think I have a pretty good chance of getting it which would be $3000 cash and about $3000 in gear from the MEC shelves. Getting a carbon fiber kayak paddle would be awesome as those things cost about $600. One of those fancy GPS watches that monitor my bio-metrics would be a nice touch but it is one the wish list mostly. Getting a light 2 person 3 season tent is defiantly on the list. We have all kinds of tents here at home but most are 4 season 4 person tents.

       Also as time draws near it is time to release a find raising website. I am going with Indigo.  I am not comfortable pimping myself out as most people know but for the sake of the film I am willing to do so.

       Script writing has been going well. I have been getting up at 2am for the last week and writing till 6am. It is the only time that I can really have time to myself. Once the day starts I am tugged in half a dozen different directions. I will be writing on this blog a lot more as information comes in. Excited to get my boat which should show up in the next few weeks. Checjk out the Sea 1 canoe by clipper if you get the chance. It is nothing short of awesome. 

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