Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Survival In The Bush: When Bears Eat Your Dinner

Shot in 1954, Bob Anderson a producer with NFB and Angus Baptiste, his guide and minder, are given a thorough drenching and then left dripping wet in the bush with just an axe and Baptiste's knowledge and ingenuity to keep them going while Baptiste rustles up a birchbark canoe for them to travel home in.

Shamelessly hammed up for the camera [in a far more honest way than todays 'reality' TV] but still informative, and interesting to see how Bushcraft was portrayed on TV nearly 60 years ago. We've come a long way, but are we traveling in the right direction?

More soon


Le Loup said...

Excellent, I love it. Thank you.

I have added your link to my blog.
Regards, Keith.

The Suburban Bushwacker said...


Charming isn't it


Phillip said...

That was awesome! I just wonder how many folks could get by as well as Mssr Baptiste with nothing more than an axe.

The Suburban Bushwacker said...

Puts your average bushcrafter, with his mountain of kit, to shame eh?

On the subject of which...........TBC

Chas S. Clifton said...

Angus's skills are indeed impressive, but, let's see, they kill a bear just to demonstrate a deadfall trap. Then they have a cub (the dead bear's, if it was a sow--they don't tell us), and it runs off, wearing a collar that might choke it to death if it lives long enough to grow.

Nice work.

Or did the unseen crew members re-capture and cub for life in a zoo while the adult bear's tanned skin ended up in the living room of the National Film Board's chief executive?

The Suburban Bushwacker said...

TV might now only torture morons for our entertainment, but someone or something always suffers for us.

Jordan said...

Ahaha this is hilarious. I loved all that stuff he tried to stash in his pockets.

Jesse said...

Should have just spear hunted him! haha!
Check it out!