Ted Baird’s deep love of the wilderness started from a young age, having spent much of his time at his family’s cabin in the bush. Over the years, he’s honed his skills in fishing, hunting, trapping, and survival. But it wasn’t until undertaking his first whitewater canoe expedition as a teenager that he was awed by a sense of freedom and adventure unlike any other he had experienced. Alongside his brother Jim, Ted has logged thousands of miles canoeing some of the most challenging and remote waterways in the world, including a 400-mile expedition across Canada’s Quebec and Labrador via four wild and untamed rivers. These expeditions inspired him to become an adventure photographer and videographer.
Jim Baird grew up exploring the Crown lands of Southern Ontario, Canada alongside his brother Ted. He turned the confidence he built from exploring the outdoors at a young age into a passion for wilderness travel in Canada’s far north. Jim is an avid canoeist, and has several impressive whitewater trips to his credit, many of them with Ted. He’s also the first person on record to complete a self-propelled trek across the northern Ungava Peninsula in winter — a 230-mile Arctic trip he completed with his dog, Buck. Aside from adventuring in Canada’s northern regions, Jim’s also worked as a mineral prospector, a wilderness guide, and with a mapmaking company.
Here are the ten items Ted and Jim selected to bring on their survival journey to Vancouver Island:
- Saw – crosscut teeth
- Bow and arrows – recurve bow, 50+ lb. draw
- Tarp – 12′ x 12′
- Trapping wire
- Fishing line and hooks
- Pot – titanium
- Ax – painted orange