Raid International Gaspesie – Day 1

#RAIDig2014 kicked off in full force on the Grand Cascapedia River, arguably one of the most celebrated salmon fishing and canoeing rivers in the world. Thrity teams from around the globe lined up at the start to careen at full speed into the forest in search of the first 3x check points, then returned to jump into their bright yellow and red traditional-style canoes.

An hour and half of canoeing awaited them as they followed the river course towards the scenic Baie de Chaleurs coastline, near the beautiful Carleton-sur-Mer. I was lucky enough to join Jeremy Green and Nicolas Bladergroen on the first trekking and trail running leg into the expansive Sépaq – Parcs Québec forests. A meandering trail – with a zip line and some canyoneering thrown in for good measure – got us to the mountain bike leg in good spirits.

The two Saffers from Team Green Things set off at speed to the next transition, where they transferred back onto their canoes for a final paddle into the Mic-Mac First Nations Camp near the village of Maria. Some drumming and a pow-wow with the Chief’s son followed, before the locals served up an incredible meal of salmon – cooked inside giant cedar wood logs and drizzled with maple syrup – to end a magnificent day in the Gaspésie je t’ region.

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