Chris and Casey Keefer join us this week on The Revolution to talk about the new season of “Dropped: Land of the Living Skies” that is set to premiere February 4th at 7:30 p.m. ET on Outdoor Channel. Focused in Saskatchewan on an interior lake in the northern part of the province, close to the border of the Northwest Territories, the Keefers say that Saskatchewan is different than anything they’ve done yet. It’s an area of the world that is incredibly remote, rugged and inhospitable. The Keefers say that venturing into this kind of territory can be risky and, in the event, that something goes wrong, help is a long way out. They have first-hand experience with that kind of situation, referencing to a time when an emergency arose, and they had to wait 12 hours to be medevaced out of the wilderness. The Keefers say that this season was focused largely around exploring the lake where they were dropped off and that it gave them the opportunity to do things they haven’t been able to in seasons past.
Setting this season apart from others is the fact that they had a boat and motor, although their fuel was very limited. Unlike traveling down a river where you pass a lot of country very quickly and don’t stop often, the lake is an entirely different environment and the motor gave them the opportunity to really explore the area much deeper. From previous experiences in Saskatchewan, Chris and Casey say they were prepared for bear encounters knowing that black bears could be an issue in the area. They highlight the precautions they took, like setting up their base camp on a small island, that while still accessible by bears, gave them a little more protection. When traipsing through the timber or chasing wildlife they note it was a situation where they were constantly looking over their shoulders. Survival in these kinds of environments means making the most of all the available resources and the Keefers highlight the fantastic fishery they had at their disposal. The cold lake – a hidden gem and quite possibly one that hasn’t been seen by anyone else before – was a great resource full of trout, walleye and northern pike.
A big part of survival is preparation not only physically, but mentally. Chris says that he and Casey go into all of their “Dropped” adventures with the mindset that it’s 80% mental and 20% physical. He notes how amazing the human body is when put into a physical situation and just how capable it is when called on. However, mentally breaking down is dangerous. Casey says once your mind breaks down, your body begins to follow. You have to be mentally prepared to go without food, be fatigued, cold, tired, dizzy and more. Both the Keefers say that in many cases, the challenges you face are more mental than physical. Having each other as a support system is something they both say really helps, the encouragement from each other is enough to keep them pushing on.
The other part of survival is the gear you have. Casey says that layering is key and especially in an environment like northern Saskatchewan which he says was one of the coldest, bone chilling, trips they’ve ever been on. In order to fight the cold, especially when you can’t get indoors and out of the elements the Keefers say that layering is crucial. They’ll highlight the Cabela’s base layers and puffy jackets they used that allowed them to beef up when needed or trim down when hiking, moving or packing animals. They’ll also highlight shelters and the Cabela’s tents they relied on in camp for the duration of their Dropped adventure.
Finally, the Keefers reflect on the range of emotions they feel as they embark on a new season of “Dropped” deep in the wilderness, each season, saying that the beginning is always adrenaline filled and exciting. As difficult or challenging as each location is, they both concede that it is a little bittersweet at the end when they’re waiting for their ride back to society. They say it’s great to be going back to their families and the safety of home, but also tough to leave an environment they’ve become familiar with over the course of a month. Going from the calm of the wilderness to the hustle of society is an adjustment, and they note that they leave a piece of themselves in every place they’ve been for “Dropped”.
Listen in as Chris and Casey Keefer talk about “Dropped: Land of the Living Skies”, their sixth action packed season premiering February 4th at 7:30 p.m. ET on Outdoor Channel. Catch up on all the previous seasons of “Dropped” by getting the MyOutdoorTV app and marathoning all the episodes before the premiere of season six!
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