A Portrayal Of Classic Canoe Camping
Wilderness Day is a classic canoe camping documentary from 1954 filmed in the Quetico Superior wilderness area, in northern Minnesota.
The film harks back to another age yet contains timeless messages about respect for nature and the value of being proficient in wilderness skills.
Set over the course of a day journeying through an area of wilderness now often referred to simply as the Boundary Waters, it touches on many areas of canoe journeying and camping which are still as relevant today.
In particular, with more people than ever seeking out wilderness areas in which to spend their leisure time, the conservation and leave-no-trace messages are even more important now than they were 60 years ago when this film was made.
For the enthusiast of classic northern bush skills in the woodcraft and camping tradition, there is much to enjoy here; Baker tents, open fires, canvas and leather portage packs, unfussy yet deft axe skills and a whole host of other little gems.
There are also a few 60-year old “modern” campcraft items such as a reflector oven and metal-framed folding bucksaw.
Here are men with time-tested skills and equipment who are comfortable, relaxed and at home in the wilderness.
It’s a classic movie and a model for all of us who love to travel in wild places.
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