Helping the Nation Save Lives Since 1877 – St John Ambulance

Helping the Nation Save Lives Since 1877 – St John Ambulance


[Song] Place your baby on a nice flat surface, and tilt
their head back – don’t be nervous! [Man’s voice] Wasn’t Steve supposed to be sorting out on Friday? [Football commentator] He’s milking the moment! Just goes to show – you don’t have to be a footballer… [Princess] Then, one gives up to five back blows [Trainer] … under one year old is choking, you’ll notice that they’ll be unable to cry, cough or breathe [Voiceover on historical clips]…the next part of the journey. There will be that
touch of a loving hand, the look that speaks more than a play full of words. When you’re fit enough to be flown back to a home hospital
you begin to… … the one-man ambulance which the St John’s man is
driving, but it’s so comfortable that I’ll be more than one man… [Child’s voice] My mummy, she fell off a chair and she’s moving, and she’s not even getting up… [Man] I just grabbed her and carried out five initial rescue breaths in the hallway. The paramedic popped his head round the back of the ambulance and shouted ‘Well done, she’s alive!’ I couldn’t believe it, I’d saved her. [Woman’s voice] I think it’s very important that
children learn first aid because if they didn’t people like Billy wouldn’t save
people’s lives. If Bill hadn’t been to St John Ambulance, I would be alive today.

Are You Wasting Your Energy? // Chronic Illness Life [CC]

Are You Wasting Your Energy? // Chronic Illness Life [CC]


Hi! Have you ever asked a disabled person why they waste their energy on something? If so, you may have been sent this video so that I can explain, and tell you to shut the hell up. Being disabled or chronically ill obviously impacts on the amount of energy that you happen to have. Especially if you have a condition like chronic fatigue syndrome. So from the outside looking in you may wonder why that person who has a finite and limited amount of energy resources bothers to use their energy on things that you deem to be a waste, and unimportant. Here are three main reasons why that’s wrong and you should never tell someone that. Don’t do it. Number one: It is my business what I spend my energy on. My business. Unless it directly impacts you, stay out of it, I guess? It would be quite a bad thing to say I don’t particularly like anyone who looks at someone from the outside of their life and decides to judge them for how you perceive their life choices to be how you think they are living their life without actually being aware of how they are living their life. I think this applies whether you’re a friend or a family member Just because you are related by blood does not mean you understand everything that’s going on in a person’s head. And you may see them and you may think “oh! you should be using your energy surely on reading books rather than reading this trashy magazine” Maybe they read books all day long and, you know they’re just taking a break to read the trashy magazine or, maybe they just want to read a trashy magazine You know, either way, still none of your business. Number two: following on from the trashy magazine thing, people who have disabilities and chronic illnesses have to use their energy for things that you don’t really think about when you’re able-bodied It might be that it takes twice as much energy to have a shower as it does to someone who’s able-bodied you don’t jump in the shower, [pfff] and you go and you’re off But someone who’s disabled oh my god it takes so much extra thinking, extra work, It’s physically, really demanding as I explained in my spoons video If you don’t know what spoons are, you can check that out, we’ll put the link down in the description and in a card above, so you’ll know what I’m talking about. So all of that energy has to go in pretty menial tasks and things that are just bloody boring to be honest. You know? I have to spend 80% of my energy everyday on things like feeding myself and putting clothes upon myself and even going to the loo like literally the physical getting up, getting to my toilet, getting back from the toilet… It’s a lot of energy basically it’s what I’m trying to say. Also the annoyance of having to take your clothes on and off – if you ever wonder why I wear skirts, that is part of the reason because doing up trousers takes like half an hour for me. And then of course I have to spend my energy just on staying alive which seems to take three times as much energy as it does for other people because my body is trying to redirect my energy into healing itself which is something it will never be able to do because my DNA is broken but boy, boy does it try. It has a really good go, and that’s, that’s very noble of my body but I’d appreciate it if it stopped. So that’s part of the 80% as well that 80% is actually yeah life-saving and Vital things need to do every day but it’s pretty boring So I want to take that 20% of extra energy, and I want to spend that on doing my own makeup, and my hair, And getting really upset about the final of the bake-off (God damn it) then that is what I will spend that energy on because it’s fun, and I deserve that. Number three: energy can also be “wasted” on things that aren’t fun, and also, aren’t essential. And this might, in my case especially, just be down to personality. I have a theory that if I were not disabled, I would be a very different person. Such as, I ruddy love a spread sheet, I do, and I love to be precise about everything. I would adore if everything in my life had its very special little place and was categorised and colour-coordinated and coded, and… oh hello, hi! I would love to spend all of my energy on these kinds of things on making a pin board where everything is perfect and precise. Ahhh! I’d also like it if everything in my house was really clean, and really really tidy, I don’t have the energy for that. My personality wants it to happen, my personality wants me to go go go go every second of every day, Spend 110% on absolutely everything, and make absolutely everything as perfect as it possibly could be, my energy levels aren’t really there, so I don’t get to do that, I don’t get to be myself and be who I really am so I kind of have to just let things go, I have to be like, oh you know, I don’t really have the energy to tidy this today, ergo, it’s just it’s just gonna be there. If I’m putting a picture on Instagram, I want to be able to spend time and energy on making it absolutely perfect and precise and that makes me so happy it’s almost difficult to explain because, I’m tapping into a part of myself that would like to be out there making everything perfect, putting lots of energy into everything, but I can’t do that, I have to let things go. But sometimes, sometimes I indulge a little bit of myself And by doing so I feel more like me and this is where the third part of this is so important because there is no such thing as wasting energy if what you’re doing is making you feel better about who you really are despite the disabilities or despite the chronic illness the fatigue the whatever it is that is holding you back having just a few moments in a day to really indulge yourself to really show off who you really are, to just let yourself be that person is vital and amazing if you’re a really incredibly sporty person that’s who you are and you want to run everywhere But you have a condition that means you can’t really run, you can’t do that, no, but maybe, just, maybe for five minutes a day you can. You go. But then you’re extra-specially knocked out afterwards and you’re really you’re just gone you’re pretty useless yeah you got no energy people can look at that from the outside and they can say “What a waste! Why did you bother spending your energy on that?” But what that person was doing was making them feel really good about themselves it’s a kind of, tragedy of disabilities and chronic illnesses that they bury who we really are sometimes we become subsumed, our actual personalities are here, and then we have this veil of the disability the way the world sees us the things that we have to do to look after ourselves and if we can have just a few moments To “waste our energy” by indulging who we really are who we would be then surely that’s not a bad thing So there you go, there is my little explanation in why you should never tell someone that they are “wasting their energy” Don’t do that! I hate it! And other people do too! Don’t do it. Thank you so much for your lovely comments about our announcement about going to Malaysia! yeah! If you haven’t seen it already I’m gonna link down below in the description or you can just click the card above. Yes! and of course there will be a lot of energy management going into that And I’m gonna include that in my videos as well. While we’re out that would be saying how you can travel and not “waste” all of your energy That was a single bunny ear, does still work? “waste” all of your energy [Music]

The Hell of Chronic Illness | Sita Gaia | TEDxStanleyPark

The Hell of Chronic Illness | Sita Gaia | TEDxStanleyPark


Translator: Katie Poole
Reviewer: Peter van de Ven Did you know that one in three individuals suffers from at least
one chronic health issue? If that’s not you, then it’s either the person
in the seat to your left or your right. A chronic illness is an illness that persists
for longer than three months, and there is no cure
through vaccinations or medications. You know plenty
of medical chronic illnesses: diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, fibromyalgia, epilepsy. It goes on and on and on. I am an epileptic. Uncontrollable, intractable seizures. I might stiffen up and fall to the ground
(Snaps fingers) like that. Or I might daydream and stare really hard, and if you’re in my line of focus, you might think
I’m giving you a good look. (Chuckling) That’s not the case. (Chuckles) I might also do some weird,
repetitive activities such as picking things up
and putting them into a bag. It makes no sense, but that’s the seizure. I want you to sit here and take it in, feel it, and in the end, act
in a useful and helpful way. I have fallen multiple times
on concrete and cement, which have resulted in concussions. I have also burned
the entire top half of my torso with hot tea. This resulted in four months
of bandage-changing and on morphine. Two years later,
and my burn is still healing. Finally, I needed a root canal and a cap because I fell face-forward on brick. I’m not going to tell you
which tooth it is, though. (Chuckling) I’m not the only one
who’s in physical jeopardy. I was hanging out
with my friend Jordan one time, and he’s a type 1 diabetic. Thanks to my mom, she recognized that his blood sugars
were painfully low. We called a paramedic, and if we hadn’t, he was this close from slipping
into a diabetic coma. I also have two friends
who’ve been hit by cars in the last year. One of them has a visual impairment, and the other one uses a scooter
because of an acquired brain injury. If I have a large amount of seizures
in a short period of time, I lose a lot of short-term memory. This sucks, (Chuckling) especially if I’m trying to
achieve something, and it can also be embarrassing if I’m trying to have a
conversation with someone. I don’t know where I started
and they ended. Seniors moment much?
I think I’m starting early. I also feel so fatigued. I might need to sleep
for three to four days. This fatigue is on top of
the medication that I take. You know, you’ve seen
the ads for medication. The side effects are like this long. It’s insane! With chronic illness,
depending on your chronic illness, you might have to say goodbye
to a lot of things. You have heart disease? Kiss goodbye hiking in the mountains
with your friends. With chronic illness,
it is a world of loss. Now that I have painted
a picture for you of what it’s like to experience
chronic illness on a physical level, let me paint for you a picture
of what it’s like to live with mental health issues
and emotional issues. I have been plagued by anxiety, and I did not leave my house
for an entire week. That’s a long time. I have also fallen into a pit
of despair and depression, not knowing where I was going to go
or where I was going to end up, and I felt like a total failure. I’ve seen this among my other friends
with chronic illness too. So if you see someone
who is isolating themselves, I tell you, reach out a hand, talk to them. Talking to them shows them that you care. Help in whichever way you can. On top of all of this,
the icing on the cake, is how people treat you
based on your chronic illness. For my age, the challenges
of dating loom large. I’m often very up-front about my epilepsy when I’m meeting someone
for the first time. They’re generally pretty cool about it. “You’ve got epilepsy? No problem.” “Seizures? Seen them in the movies.” But, sometimes people can be unkind. I was on a date one time,
and it seemed to be going pretty well. We were in a restaurant
making casual conversation, and we decided to walk down by the water. We weren’t really talking
about anything in particular, and we got to a crosswalk. We got to the crosswalk,
and as we were crossing, boom! I had a seizure and fell flat on my face. Now, I had taught this person
about the appropriate seizure first aid. The first thing I told him – be calm. So when I came out of the seizure
two minutes later, I pulled myself up, back on my feet. “I’m here, it’s okay.” He was calm, but he was so full of fear. I could feel it. So I was getting my head
back together, and he said to me, “Well, I don’t see
a third date happening here.” Excuse me?! I would’ve expected you to at least
text me that after we said goodbye! (Laughter) (Applause) It would have been
a little bit more tactful. So in addition to
acceptance of other people, you need to come to terms
with your own chronic illness. Acceptance is the big job
of the chronically ill. No, it doesn’t happen overnight. It can take years and even a lifetime. Acceptance brings up ideas,
such as, what does this mean for me? Will I be able to find a partner? Will I have kids? Will I be able to raise these kids? Will I find a job
or live in constant poverty? These thoughts
can be so overwhelming, and it takes a lot out of you. Also, when we are children,
we are told, “Dream big!” “What do you want to do
when you’re an adult?” I have known that I have wanted to be
a social worker since the age of ten. I don’t know about you,
but for me, that’s a long time. I’m a registered social worker, but I don’t know if I will be able to do
what I want to do in my line of practice. I also have a good friend, Vanessa,
who used to be a competitive dancer. Then she was struck with arthritis. She had to completely alter her life path because of a diagnosis that had no cure. How would you feel
if you had to give up your dream? So I’ve thrown a lot at you
with regards to chronic illness and what it’s like to live with one and all of the things
that you have to go through, and you might be a little bit
overwhelmed at this point, but don’t worry – that’s why I’m here. So my three-point plan is this – super-easy; you can follow it. First of all, accept that there is
no such thing as a norm. Everybody is different with regards to mental health,
ability, and well-being. Accept that, and act accordingly. Also, you may be struck down
with a chronic illness at some point in your life too. My second plan to action
is to have empathy. You have no idea what people
are going through on a day-to-day basis. If you do, though,
reach out to that person. Tell them, “Hey, I’m here for you,
and I’m willing to do whatever I can.” My final call to action is –
consider this: Maybe a person’s chronic illness
isn’t their problem, but your problem, and the problem of society at large. If we had a more inclusive paradigm that included people with chronic illness, we might be able to pull people
out of the hell that is chronic illness. (Applause) (Cheers)

Your Illness is Not Your Fault

Your Illness is Not Your Fault


good morning John I’m still sick this is annoying the thing that I’ve noticed now that I’ve had this happening for like two weeks is that when you are sick people give you advice I’ve actually noticed this for years when it comes to my ulcerative colitis a lot of people seem to have a cure in their back pocket if only I’d go gluten free or stop eating grains or palio or vegan or stop eating short train carbohydrates or fast for three days and then eat an apple seriously it was a whole thing and it took like half the party for him to explain it to me and over the years I’ve tried a lot of those things and none of them worked what worked was taking the medicine that my doctor gave to me and then over the past week people have been saying completely normal things to me like get some rest man or take it easy stop stressing sleep more and I’ve been a little bit shocked by how annoying this is not because it is annoying like its fine It’s a totally fine thing for somebody to say but it’s tapping into this thing that I have with my ulcerative colitis after years of dealing with my chronic illness that I can not cure and having people tell me ways that I should be able to cure it what I’m hearing is not, you know ‘take it easy, we support you’ instead I’m hearing: ‘I have the secret to your wellness and If only ‘you had the courage and fortitude to implement it, you would no longer be sick’ and one step further from that whats tickling by subconscious here is this idea that my illness is my fault I know that my chronic illness is pretty insignificant compared with what a lot of other people are dealing with but I think this is probably an experience that a lot of people have when you tell me, a person who has lived with ulcerative colitis for more than a decade that you have the secret to my wellness I can not help but dislike you like if that’s my first impression, and sometimes it is I’m like ‘I’m out’ and look maybe this is the one weird instance in which you are the one who was right and maybe I’m missing that opportunity to finally make myself better but I’ve heard this line so many times with so many different facts and so many different pieces of anecdotal evidence that all I can hear when people say this to me is ‘your illness is your fault’ because we want it to be somethings fault, right? because if its not the fault of anything, then it has to be just weird random chance and that’s what chronic illness is it just freaking happens to good people and bad people and champion athletes and people who drink to much I’ve dealt with my illness by allowing myself to accept it by admitting to myself and accepting that my life is different now and my body is different now and I have to live inside of this body that sometimes hurts itself science will keep marching forward and someday maybe there will be a medicine that I can take that will control this disease without making me sick in other ways and yes, science shows that my behaviour does influence the expression of my disease and so does my experience of my disease and so I do need support from people that help me make the decisions that my doctor says that I should make and that I have decided for myself that I want to make but I also can’t avoid the truth that this is the body that I’m in and I have to accept that like among the many probabilities that were cast, that mostly came up in my favour I rolled bad on auto-immune diseases my brain tried to tell me over and over again that this is my fault I have searched for every possible way subconsciously and consciously that this is a thing that I did to myself and that’s a crappy feeling and its re-emphasized every time someone tells me that there’s a simple thing that I can do to make myself well I want to say here at the end of this video I’m doing fine, I’m not angry or frustrated at my friends or at you I have a loving and supportive group of people who are fantastic in my life and I do my best to understand that when people are saying these things they’re not trying to make me feel what I’m feeling so I just try and accept that support for what it is rather than how it’s being expressed specifically but if you want to be supportive of someone who’s sick in your life make sure that you recognise that it’s very possible that they are struggling right now with this feeling that they did something to cause or to deserve the illness they have even if objectively they understand that that’s completely untrue when we say there is an easy way out of this and there’s not what we’re making people feel is that ‘this is your fault’ when it’s not. John, I’ll see you on tuesday

Young Hero: St John Ambulance Everyday Hero Awards

Young Hero: St John Ambulance Everyday Hero Awards


Grandad: It’s a bit of a blur. I got
up and saw my granddaughter off to uni and then went back upstairs, woke up
Logan, came down the stairs and – pow. That was it. Logan: I didn’t know he was having
a heart attack at the time. He wasn’t like himself so I knew something was definitely up. I’d done a lot of the training and it was kind of like these
situations, so I knew what I was doing, so I could relax and do what I can do. And
after I calmed nanny down it got a lot easier. Grandad: Logan’s my grandson. He’s been living with us for the last [together] 10 and a half years [laughs] He came to live with us when he lost his mum and dad couldn’t cope so we’ve been
together, we’ve grown together. Logan: I straightaway noticed that he was all
sweaty and hot and bothered, and he just wasn’t responding very well. I
loosened his collar at his neck so he could get more air, and I put him into a comfortable position. Luckily, the week before we had done the
W position, and the recovery position – all the positions that you needed. Once my Nana got on the phone and told them everything and then she passed the phone over to me
so I could answer some of the questions whilst she went round to next
door because luckily she’s a nurse. And then the ambulance turned up and it was
off to hospital. I was only on my own for like, 15 minutes?
Grandad: It was still a long time! Long long time.
Logan: I know. Grandad: When I came round and Brenda said to me, ‘Logan’s done this and done that,’ you know it was amazing, and I went, ‘Well he’s only just really begun to learn what to do,
and not to panic and to do what he’s supposed to do,’ – it was incredible really. It was my first time performing first aid other than training. I definitely recommend going through St John Ambulance to learn first aid because they’ve
helped me understand a lot and helped me get better. To know it was my granddad, I felt
more relaxed because I knew him. Grandad: We always were strong. Our relationship’s been really pretty good you know from when he was little and up to now. Logan: my Grandad means the world to me. Grandad: I think Logan saved my life. 100%.

How to Treat an Injured Bleeding Baby – First Aid Training – St John Ambulance

How to Treat an Injured Bleeding Baby – First Aid Training – St John Ambulance


As your baby crawls around your home or outside, they can very easily graze or cut themselves. Most of the time the injury will not be too bad, but sometimes there can be serious bleeding. If there is blood flowing from a wound and it doesn’t stop, your baby has severe bleeding. To treat a severe bleed, remove any clothing from the area your baby is bleeding from. If there’s something in the wound, leave it where it is and apply pressure around the wound to try to push the edges together. If there’s nothing in the wound, apply pressure directly to it with a sterile dressing or a clean, non-fluffy pad. Next you need to ask a helper to call 999 or 112 for emergency help. Or if there is no one around to help, use a mobile on speakerphone so you can keep treating your baby while you speak to the emergency services. Tell them where the bleeding is and the amount of bleeding. Apply a firm bandage around the dressing on top of the wound. It needs to maintain pressure, but not restrict the circulation. Check the circulation by pressing a fingernail on the skin around the bandage for five seconds, release the pressure and if the colour does not return within two seconds the bandage is too tight and you should loosen it. Severe bleeding can lead to shock, so make sure they are lying down on a blanket or rug to protect them from the cold and raise their legs, but don’t raise an injured leg. You could hold a small baby in the recovery position. If the blood soaks through the dressing, apply a second dressing on top of the first. If it soaks through both, remove both dressings and apply a new one. Keep checking circulation every 10 minutes. While you’re waiting for help to arrive, keep checking your baby’s breathing and level of response. So remember, if your baby has a severe bleed, apply pressure around the wound if there’s something stuck in it, or apply direct pressure to the wound if it’s clear. Call 999 or 112 for emergency help and tell them where the bleeding is and the amount. Secure the dressing and check circulation, if blood comes through apply a second dressing. But if blood comes through both, take them both off and start again. Check circulation every 10 minutes, keep checking your baby’s breathing and level of response while you wait for help. And that’s how you treat a baby who’s got a severe bleed. Thanks for watching. Help support St John Ambulance and donate today.

How to SURVIVE & THRIVE driving the DEMPSTER HIGHWAY and CANADIAN ARCTIC

How to SURVIVE & THRIVE driving the DEMPSTER HIGHWAY and CANADIAN ARCTIC


Hello guys and welcome to the vlog! Hope
you’re having a great day! We are on our journey back home to Alaska; After
driving the Dempster Highway and the Inuvik Tuk highway to the shores of the
Arctic Ocean! It was a grand journey! We learned a lot
along the way as well! So here’s the plan… We’re going to share what we learned..And
also some travel tips that are very applicable in the North country because…
We are Alaskans and granted it was in Canada,it’s very much North country
experience! Ahh… The b-roll for this video… While we’re jabbering away at you; is
gonna be our 600+ mile journey to the jumping-off point of our next
adventure in Alaska! So…. Make sure you hit that that SUBSCRIBE button! Also head over to
our website www.hisandhershub.com. All kinds of great resources and more engagement with us over there!.. First things first; What is it? Okay it’s the Dempster Highway and the Inuvik Toktuyuktuk Higway…. Called the ITH…So the Dempster has been open
for a long time but the ITH just opened in November of 2017!
So 2019, when we did this trip was only the second summer it was open! So very
new adventure that you can go have! Uhhmm… Alright! So where is it?
Dempster Highway like I mentioned; Is in the Yukon Territory….It starts in the
Yukon Territory about 25 miles outside of Dawson City! Which is on the shores of
the Yukon River….So I want to really reiterate here and make a point of how
grand of an adventure this is because… To get to Dawson City all by itself is an
adventure! And you’re already way out in the middle of nowhere and then….To get to
Tuktoyaktuk you drive another 500+ miles up through the Yukon and through
the Northwest Territories to the shores of the Arctic Ocean! And let me just tell
you, you’re out in the middle of nowhere! But that’s the fun of it right?….Before we
get started, here’s another fact….We had to travel through three time zones on our
1200 mile journey to get up to Tuk! Odd enough Alaska has its own….
Then there’s Pacific and then all the way up in Inuvik, you’re on Mountain! So
let’s talk about vehicles…. Ahhh…You know it’s a big journey….Just to get up to this area
so obviously you’re gonna want to beat in a vehicle that you trust so….If you’re
even considering the Dempster, you’re already gonna be in that right vehicle!
What kind of vehicles are good for this journey? You know you do not need
four-wheel drive! It’s a lot of dirt roads….There are points where we were
slipping a little bit, going up the hills…. But we did just fine! We saw tons of
Sprinter bands, two-wheel drive…. Four-wheel drive….
A handful of Class C motorhomes… Plenty of Subarus…. What else did we see?…Trucks…Yeah! It
is definitely slide in truck camper… Country? Ahhh..You know, a few of those Overlanding rigs with rooftop tents…Ahhh… Quite a few SUVs towing little small travel
trailers….So it’s not a hardcore extreme experience…. But it will take its toll on
your vehicle and you want to make sure you have the right one! We did not need
to have a giant 4×4 overland rig like we do for the journey….But that’s what we
travel in and it performed awesomely! That will be our next video; When we talk
about all the systems and accessories and gear and how it worked!…. Now that
we’ve talked about the type of vehicle to bring on this journey, let’s talk
about what to bring for and in said vehicle!….First off, I think it’s obvious
and goes without saying; You should always carry a well-equipped tool kit
for your particular rig! Secondly; A well-equipped First Aid kit like the My
Medic First Aid kit. And we’ll just be really clear here….That is not a first
aid kit for boo-boos! It is a first aid kit that saves lives! And was made,
explicitly for journeys like this or being on the road and witnessing
accidents that….Aree life-threatening and it could actually change the outcome!
That’s why it’s so important and you’re far far far from nowhere, it could really
make a difference! If you haven’t watched our video about it before, check out the
link here or in the description below to learn more! We’re really big proponents of this!….
Well, let’s talk tires! Obviously, you want to make sure that you have good tires…
And you want to have at least one full-size, mounted, spare wheel and tire!
You know it’s recommended to have two… But we have one and we were just fine!
Let’s also talk about some specific things for your vehicle! Especially those
of us with diesels….Carry extra fuel filters and extra fuel filters and extra
fuel filters! Ahhh….They are your friend! Be very cautious when filling up! Because if
it’s raining, water could maybe even get into your tank…..The mud bubbles are
really bad when it rains. And you want to keep the exterior of your tank so you
don’t introduce any ahhh…Just keep it clean! So you don’t introduce dirt into your tank
and just caused a whole world of problems! Speaking of mud, which our vehicle is
currently still caked in from this journey and….Truthfully looks kind of
sexy! Ahhh…It’s going to impact the lights on the back and potentially the front of
your rig! We experienced fog and rain and muddy condition….So you want to make
sure that you keep those lights clean and that you’re visible on the highway!
Make sure you stop, clean them off whenever you do! Fuel stop or at the
very stops…..We’re going to talk about; Weather and road conditions now… Because
they are closely related! A good solid rainfall or a few days of it, can make
the roads a mess! Especially if they haven’t been graded properly. And they
don’t have a crown to promote proper drainage! I would like to tell you that
there’s a certain bad stretch here and a certain bad stretch there…But the road
is alive guys! So keep that in mind… I may tell you the last 30 miles to Tuk were
absolutely horrendous for us! And they actually were! That was a jog…
Jarring….Kidney shaking, back aching… Horrible ride!….
You know, just to end the adventure..It is quite awesome not right! But the road is
alive, it will change, day by day! And now the weather! You’re heading to the Arctic
Circle….Do not show up in board shorts and flip-flops. Make sure you have the
proper footwear! Some layers….There are summer months….You know, this has been a wickedly
hot summer up here in Alaska in the North Country but….And that’s rather
unusual! But be prepared for below freezing temperatures, rain, wind…Keep in
mind, you’re literally heading to the Arctic Circle and you need to be
prepared with the proper gear!…Speeds!… So I will precursor this with; It’s very
vehicle dependent and…The suspension that you have on your rig is going to
determine how fast you can drive! But…For our rig, we cruise to at speeds between
25 and 55….And then there were those areas that Ben mentioned; The jaw
jarring,kidney shaking, back aching sections….Where we actually came to full
stops Because the jarring got so bad and the only way to stop it was to stop the
vehicle! There are lots of potholes and so you want to be ever aware and…And be
looking out for them to either avoid or slow down for them!….It’s a
well-established tip; The area down your tires a little bit on a rough road, helps
smooth things out! And there were a few points where…You know, I was about to do that
but…. The rough stretch kind of just stopped after 15-20 minutes….So it’s like;
“Oh, well I need it for this, I don’t need it for that.”…. So we did not air down!
Hindsight, you know probably it’s like a thousand miles….You know, round trip plus
on dirt roads…. I’d say knock off! You know, depending on
the…What pressures you’re running…You know, we run at 65. I probably
should have just at the beginning, dropped them down to 55. To make the ride a
little softer!…..Next topic up for discussion; Safety!…. While driving…So first
off; Swerving for hazards. Like the potholes we’ve been talking about, it’s
gonna happen! It’s gonna be your instinct! And…As fine to do, but just make
sure you’re looking behind you because…. There are going to be people passing and uhhmm…
Sometimes you’re just out there about… By yourself in the middle of nowhere! And
you forget that there’s people back there…And they’ll pop up on you quite
suddenly! This also reminds me, that that thick mud we talked about….The cake zip
the lights on the back of your truck… They also are going to impact your
mirrors and windows so…Whenever you can…. Get them clean off so that you have good
vision behind you. And you can keep track of what’s going on in your rear view
mirror so to speak….Okay let’s talk about services now! You’re gonna probably stop
for fuel in Eagle Plains…Give or take that’s halfway between Inuvik and Dawson.
There’s a cafe there…There’s a shop if you have any mechanical issues! Then
you’re going to make it up to Inuvik. And you’re going to have all the services of
a fairly well equipped bush town! What about connectivity? Because you have to
use your smartphone right? You know… You’re in the middle of nowhere! So…
You’re not going to have service except in a few select points! Now….On our journey; I
know cell phone service is very spotty! And it changes all the time! But on our
journey, we did not have it at the beginning of the Dempster….We picked up a
very good LTE coverage at each of the ferries….So you know, you’re able to sit there,
check your email and…Get messages out to your friends and family. When we got up
to Inuvik, they have excellent cell coverage up there as well! We’re on LTE…
Really fast download and upload speeds! And then when you make it all the way up
to Tuk, you have LTE coverage on the shores of the Arctic Ocean guys! So
literally all the full time travelers out there that are working; You could go
up there and work right from the shores of the Arctic Ocean! That’s pretty cool!….
Alright, let’s talk about camping! And this is one of the things we love the
most about traveling in the North country; You can find great free camping
spots! iOverlander helps a lot in this case but you can also find little gravel
pits or pull offs on your own! And you’re welcome as long as there’s not a sign
that says “No camping overnight!’ Which was few and far between on this trip! You’re
welcome to stay there for the night! We found a couple of great gyms with
iOverlander….And then when we got to Inuvik we found….
What they have in this area is territorial parks instead of the typical Provincial
Parks you’re used to seeing in Canada! We stayed at one in Inuvik with the Everlanders. And….It was about 23 Canadian dollars per night for no hookups, it was
28 a night for electric! They had a dump station and water…Laundry…And shower
facilities. They also had a great little area for tent campers to!…And the big
question on everybody’s mind; What about camping in Tuk? So….They have a handful of
campsites on this little spit that jets out into the Arctic Ocean…It is
depending on which site you choose between 50 and 60 dollars a night. Now I
know you just, your jaw just fell right? But….Think about it this way; They are
charging high prices right now because… The summer of 2019 was the first summer
they were open. And they are charging those prices to be able to fund
improvements to the camping area there! I think it’s kind of amazing personally;
That they gave the campers the best location in town! I mean you’re literally
on the shores of the ocean, great views! And….If the weather was better, you could
probably go for a walk! It was pretty stormy while we were there! But enjoy a
nice walk on the beach….Coming back around to that very sticker shocking
price! Ahh…You have to look at the bigger picture! Up until a couple years ago; This
Tuk was a remote Northern Canadian village! You know, they called it the hamlet.
But it is a native village! The indigenous people of this continent. It
is the end of the road now! You know, even before there was a road…It
was the end of the road! So things do not leave. You go into these villages! You may
be shocked at the way things look. You have got to realize; You’re not in the
city and you’re at the end of the line! So if you see broken-down equipment and
snow machines….Keep in mind that… You know… That’s a wealth of parts that somebody
might need one day! Okay circling back around to why that a
campground is so expensive… It is in the middle of nowhere at the Top of the
World! Nothing is cheap! So keep that in mind
and just…I viewed it…If we decided to stay the night…We didn’t because we just
wanted to get the journey back home going….But I would have viewed it more as a
donation to helping out future campers! And….I would have been more than happy to
pay 50, 60 bucks a night purely to just help future people!…One last thought on
this topic….If you happen not to be traveling to Tuktoyaktuk in a camper;
They do have a handful of bed and breakfasts! The visitor center has a list.
So you can call or get that ahead of time and…They also have two restaurants
that we were aware of! We tried Grandma’s Kitchen, you can try some traditional
native cuisine like for example; We had Muktuk while we were there, which is
boiled of whale! So….They do have services there uhhhmm…But you probably want to bring a
little bit of your own food because it is pretty pricey up there! It wouldn’t hurt
to bring a cooler!….So how long should you allow for
this trip up to the shores of the Arctic Ocean? That really depends on the
traveler! We have a time schedule on this trip! We would have loved to spend two
weeks. And you could easily spend two weeks, having a great time working your
way up! We made it up in give or take two days! We spent two days up there and…On
the way back this journey, we knocked off Inuvik to ahh…Pretty much the beginning
of the Dempster, all in one day’s driving! So that just puts things in perspective!
You know, you can do it all in one day if you were flying up there….But you’re
gonna be missing a lot….So every day you can add the better!….What to do on this
trip? Man…The list is actually quite long if you can believe it! So on the
journey up there, be sure to stop and get pictures at the Arctic Circle sign.
That’s kind of a special thing! The natural and free opportunities
abound! So hiking, very picking…There’s
opportunities to stop and go fishing! Tons of amazing photo..Photo
opportunities…Once you get up into the Inuvik and Toktuyuktuk area….So Inuvik is
a vibrant little town. There’s a beautiful church there to visit, they
have a lot of restaurants….They have charters for fishing. And kind of like
the typical things you would expect at a town of about 3500 people! Uhmmmm…
When you get up to Tuk, keep in mind… That it’s a new venture for them to have
tourists who didn’t have to fly in to get there! So they maybe aren’t just
developed in the area of organized tours… But they still have a sod house to visit…
You can check out the Pingos, which are naturally occurring hills that happen as
a result of lakes and permafrost ahhh… Freezing together….You’d go google it,
read..It’s really cool! You can also bring your own kayaks or canoes and go
for a nice paddle….They have events at a local hall in the evenings…..Checkout the
grocery store and see what kind of prices they have. That’s always
entertaining! They also have plenty of things, like community things… Like
basketball courts and diamonds for baseball and….Something I think is really
cool; Is you can go swimming and probably one of the most Northern swimming pools
on the planet! So yeah, all kinds of things to keep you busy! It’s pretty
awesome!…If you love documenting your travels as much as I do, you probably
have a drone! If you are an American, you are not going to at least at this time
be able to fly your drone! I attempted to get the permissions because in June of
2019 everything changed in Canada! There’s recreational and advanced
licenses. And as an American, they just do not have it at this time where I can
qualify. I look forward to that day because it was absolutely spectacular!
And we were driving through these spots.. it’s just God’s country and thinking
like; “Oh my goodness! The drone would be so nice but…Yeah, I gotta obey the laws
when I’m a guest in somebody else country! Speaking of obeying the laws and
respecting the traditions of countries that you visit; I want to touch on a
topic that was something of discussion on forums as well as people that we
talked to while we are on the trip. And that is experiencing some rudeness from
the locals in the far North country. I think it’s really important to remember
that even if you are Canadian or have travelled to Canada before; It’s
different there! These are communities that are far removed from typical
Canadian life! Ahh… They often have large native population. And so you’re gonna
have some pretty significant cultural differences! They communicate very
differently and….While you might perceive it as rude, you might want to consider
that it could just be a difference in culture! It’s also really important to
remember to respect their traditions and them as locals!… I personally experienced
a very kind, very generous, talkative, chatty, happy people! So….Just keep that in
mind! Be culturally sensitive! And….And be aware of your surroundings!
And the privilege and honor that it always is to visit people of another
culture or another country! And that you are the visitor in their home!….Alright
guys; This video is a wrap! Thank you so much for watching….Ahh…You’ll find links
to the things that we mentioned in the video description. But yeah, I strongly
encourage you to just make the trip up to Tuktoyaktuk! It will forever change
your life and the way you see the world! If you have never experienced the native
culture and the North country. So hey, thanks for watching! Hit that SUBSCRIBE
button and we will see you on the road!

How to SURVIVE & THRIVE driving the DEMPSTER HIGHWAY and CANADIAN ARCTIC


Hello guys and welcome to the vlog! Hope
you’re having a great day! We are on our journey back home to Alaska; After
driving the Dempster Highway and the Inuvik Tuk highway to the shores of the
Arctic Ocean! It was a grand journey! We learned a lot
along the way as well! So here’s the plan… We’re going to share what we learned..And
also some travel tips that are very applicable in the North country because…
We are Alaskans and granted it was in Canada,it’s very much North country
experience! Ahh… The b-roll for this video… While we’re jabbering away at you; is
gonna be our 600+ mile journey to the jumping-off point of our next
adventure in Alaska! So…. Make sure you hit that that SUBSCRIBE button! Also head over to
our website www.hisandhershub.com. All kinds of great resources and more engagement with us over there!.. First things first; What is it? Okay it’s the Dempster Highway and the Inuvik Toktuyuktuk Higway…. Called the ITH…So the Dempster has been open
for a long time but the ITH just opened in November of 2017!
So 2019, when we did this trip was only the second summer it was open! So very
new adventure that you can go have! Uhhmm… Alright! So where is it?
Dempster Highway like I mentioned; Is in the Yukon Territory….It starts in the
Yukon Territory about 25 miles outside of Dawson City! Which is on the shores of
the Yukon River….So I want to really reiterate here and make a point of how
grand of an adventure this is because… To get to Dawson City all by itself is an
adventure! And you’re already way out in the middle of nowhere and then….To get to
Tuktoyaktuk you drive another 500+ miles up through the Yukon and through
the Northwest Territories to the shores of the Arctic Ocean! And let me just tell
you, you’re out in the middle of nowhere! But that’s the fun of it right?….Before we
get started, here’s another fact….We had to travel through three time zones on our
1200 mile journey to get up to Tuk! Odd enough Alaska has its own….
Then there’s Pacific and then all the way up in Inuvik, you’re on Mountain! So
let’s talk about vehicles…. Ahhh…You know it’s a big journey….Just to get up to this area
so obviously you’re gonna want to beat in a vehicle that you trust so….If you’re
even considering the Dempster, you’re already gonna be in that right vehicle!
What kind of vehicles are good for this journey? You know you do not need
four-wheel drive! It’s a lot of dirt roads….There are points where we were
slipping a little bit, going up the hills…. But we did just fine! We saw tons of
Sprinter bands, two-wheel drive…. Four-wheel drive….
A handful of Class C motorhomes… Plenty of Subarus…. What else did we see?…Trucks…Yeah! It
is definitely slide in truck camper… Country? Ahhh..You know, a few of those Overlanding rigs with rooftop tents…Ahhh… Quite a few SUVs towing little small travel
trailers….So it’s not a hardcore extreme experience…. But it will take its toll on
your vehicle and you want to make sure you have the right one! We did not need
to have a giant 4×4 overland rig like we do for the journey….But that’s what we
travel in and it performed awesomely! That will be our next video; When we talk
about all the systems and accessories and gear and how it worked!…. Now that
we’ve talked about the type of vehicle to bring on this journey, let’s talk
about what to bring for and in said vehicle!….First off, I think it’s obvious
and goes without saying; You should always carry a well-equipped tool kit
for your particular rig! Secondly; A well-equipped First Aid kit like the My
Medic First Aid kit. And we’ll just be really clear here….That is not a first
aid kit for boo-boos! It is a first aid kit that saves lives! And was made,
explicitly for journeys like this or being on the road and witnessing
accidents that….Aree life-threatening and it could actually change the outcome!
That’s why it’s so important and you’re far far far from nowhere, it could really
make a difference! If you haven’t watched our video about it before, check out the
link here or in the description below to learn more! We’re really big proponents of this!….
Well, let’s talk tires! Obviously, you want to make sure that you have good tires…
And you want to have at least one full-size, mounted, spare wheel and tire!
You know it’s recommended to have two… But we have one and we were just fine!
Let’s also talk about some specific things for your vehicle! Especially those
of us with diesels….Carry extra fuel filters and extra fuel filters and extra
fuel filters! Ahhh….They are your friend! Be very cautious when filling up! Because if
it’s raining, water could maybe even get into your tank…..The mud bubbles are
really bad when it rains. And you want to keep the exterior of your tank so you
don’t introduce any ahhh…Just keep it clean! So you don’t introduce dirt into your tank
and just caused a whole world of problems! Speaking of mud, which our vehicle is
currently still caked in from this journey and….Truthfully looks kind of
sexy! Ahhh…It’s going to impact the lights on the back and potentially the front of
your rig! We experienced fog and rain and muddy condition….So you want to make
sure that you keep those lights clean and that you’re visible on the highway!
Make sure you stop, clean them off whenever you do! Fuel stop or at the
very stops…..We’re going to talk about; Weather and road conditions now… Because
they are closely related! A good solid rainfall or a few days of it, can make
the roads a mess! Especially if they haven’t been graded properly. And they
don’t have a crown to promote proper drainage! I would like to tell you that
there’s a certain bad stretch here and a certain bad stretch there…But the road
is alive guys! So keep that in mind… I may tell you the last 30 miles to Tuk were
absolutely horrendous for us! And they actually were! That was a jog…
Jarring….Kidney shaking, back aching… Horrible ride!….
You know, just to end the adventure..It is quite awesome not right! But the road is
alive, it will change, day by day! And now the weather! You’re heading to the Arctic
Circle….Do not show up in board shorts and flip-flops. Make sure you have the
proper footwear! Some layers….There are summer months….You know, this has been a wickedly
hot summer up here in Alaska in the North Country but….And that’s rather
unusual! But be prepared for below freezing temperatures, rain, wind…Keep in
mind, you’re literally heading to the Arctic Circle and you need to be
prepared with the proper gear!…Speeds!… So I will precursor this with; It’s very
vehicle dependent and…The suspension that you have on your rig is going to
determine how fast you can drive! But…For our rig, we cruise to at speeds between
25 and 55….And then there were those areas that Ben mentioned; The jaw
jarring,kidney shaking, back aching sections….Where we actually came to full
stops Because the jarring got so bad and the only way to stop it was to stop the
vehicle! There are lots of potholes and so you want to be ever aware and…And be
looking out for them to either avoid or slow down for them!….It’s a
well-established tip; The area down your tires a little bit on a rough road, helps
smooth things out! And there were a few points where…You know, I was about to do that
but…. The rough stretch kind of just stopped after 15-20 minutes….So it’s like;
“Oh, well I need it for this, I don’t need it for that.”…. So we did not air down!
Hindsight, you know probably it’s like a thousand miles….You know, round trip plus
on dirt roads…. I’d say knock off! You know, depending on
the…What pressures you’re running…You know, we run at 65. I probably
should have just at the beginning, dropped them down to 55. To make the ride a
little softer!…..Next topic up for discussion; Safety!…. While driving…So first
off; Swerving for hazards. Like the potholes we’ve been talking about, it’s
gonna happen! It’s gonna be your instinct! And…As fine to do, but just make
sure you’re looking behind you because…. There are going to be people passing and uhhmm…
Sometimes you’re just out there about… By yourself in the middle of nowhere! And
you forget that there’s people back there…And they’ll pop up on you quite
suddenly! This also reminds me, that that thick mud we talked about….The cake zip
the lights on the back of your truck… They also are going to impact your
mirrors and windows so…Whenever you can…. Get them clean off so that you have good
vision behind you. And you can keep track of what’s going on in your rear view
mirror so to speak….Okay let’s talk about services now! You’re gonna probably stop
for fuel in Eagle Plains…Give or take that’s halfway between Inuvik and Dawson.
There’s a cafe there…There’s a shop if you have any mechanical issues! Then
you’re going to make it up to Inuvik. And you’re going to have all the services of
a fairly well equipped bush town! What about connectivity? Because you have to
use your smartphone right? You know… You’re in the middle of nowhere! So…
You’re not going to have service except in a few select points! Now….On our journey; I
know cell phone service is very spotty! And it changes all the time! But on our
journey, we did not have it at the beginning of the Dempster….We picked up a
very good LTE coverage at each of the ferries….So you know, you’re able to sit there,
check your email and…Get messages out to your friends and family. When we got up
to Inuvik, they have excellent cell coverage up there as well! We’re on LTE…
Really fast download and upload speeds! And then when you make it all the way up
to Tuk, you have LTE coverage on the shores of the Arctic Ocean guys! So
literally all the full time travelers out there that are working; You could go
up there and work right from the shores of the Arctic Ocean! That’s pretty cool!….
Alright, let’s talk about camping! And this is one of the things we love the
most about traveling in the North country; You can find great free camping
spots! iOverlander helps a lot in this case but you can also find little gravel
pits or pull offs on your own! And you’re welcome as long as there’s not a sign
that says “No camping overnight!’ Which was few and far between on this trip! You’re
welcome to stay there for the night! We found a couple of great gyms with
iOverlander….And then when we got to Inuvik we found….
What they have in this area is territorial parks instead of the typical Provincial
Parks you’re used to seeing in Canada! We stayed at one in Inuvik with the Everlanders. And….It was about 23 Canadian dollars per night for no hookups, it was
28 a night for electric! They had a dump station and water…Laundry…And shower
facilities. They also had a great little area for tent campers to!…And the big
question on everybody’s mind; What about camping in Tuk? So….They have a handful of
campsites on this little spit that jets out into the Arctic Ocean…It is
depending on which site you choose between 50 and 60 dollars a night. Now I
know you just, your jaw just fell right? But….Think about it this way; They are
charging high prices right now because… The summer of 2019 was the first summer
they were open. And they are charging those prices to be able to fund
improvements to the camping area there! I think it’s kind of amazing personally;
That they gave the campers the best location in town! I mean you’re literally
on the shores of the ocean, great views! And….If the weather was better, you could
probably go for a walk! It was pretty stormy while we were there! But enjoy a
nice walk on the beach….Coming back around to that very sticker shocking
price! Ahh…You have to look at the bigger picture! Up until a couple years ago; This
Tuk was a remote Northern Canadian village! You know, they called it the hamlet.
But it is a native village! The indigenous people of this continent. It
is the end of the road now! You know, even before there was a road…It
was the end of the road! So things do not leave. You go into these villages! You may
be shocked at the way things look. You have got to realize; You’re not in the
city and you’re at the end of the line! So if you see broken-down equipment and
snow machines….Keep in mind that… You know… That’s a wealth of parts that somebody
might need one day! Okay circling back around to why that a
campground is so expensive… It is in the middle of nowhere at the Top of the
World! Nothing is cheap! So keep that in mind
and just…I viewed it…If we decided to stay the night…We didn’t because we just
wanted to get the journey back home going….But I would have viewed it more as a
donation to helping out future campers! And….I would have been more than happy to
pay 50, 60 bucks a night purely to just help future people!…One last thought on
this topic….If you happen not to be traveling to Tuktoyaktuk in a camper;
They do have a handful of bed and breakfasts! The visitor center has a list.
So you can call or get that ahead of time and…They also have two restaurants
that we were aware of! We tried Grandma’s Kitchen, you can try some traditional
native cuisine like for example; We had Muktuk while we were there, which is
boiled of whale! So….They do have services there uhhhmm…But you probably want to bring a
little bit of your own food because it is pretty pricey up there! It wouldn’t hurt
to bring a cooler!….So how long should you allow for
this trip up to the shores of the Arctic Ocean? That really depends on the
traveler! We have a time schedule on this trip! We would have loved to spend two
weeks. And you could easily spend two weeks, having a great time working your
way up! We made it up in give or take two days! We spent two days up there and…On
the way back this journey, we knocked off Inuvik to ahh…Pretty much the beginning
of the Dempster, all in one day’s driving! So that just puts things in perspective!
You know, you can do it all in one day if you were flying up there….But you’re
gonna be missing a lot….So every day you can add the better!….What to do on this
trip? Man…The list is actually quite long if you can believe it! So on the
journey up there, be sure to stop and get pictures at the Arctic Circle sign.
That’s kind of a special thing! The natural and free opportunities
abound! So hiking, very picking…There’s
opportunities to stop and go fishing! Tons of amazing photo..Photo
opportunities…Once you get up into the Inuvik and Toktuyuktuk area….So Inuvik is
a vibrant little town. There’s a beautiful church there to visit, they
have a lot of restaurants….They have charters for fishing. And kind of like
the typical things you would expect at a town of about 3500 people! Uhmmmm…
When you get up to Tuk, keep in mind… That it’s a new venture for them to have
tourists who didn’t have to fly in to get there! So they maybe aren’t just
developed in the area of organized tours… But they still have a sod house to visit…
You can check out the Pingos, which are naturally occurring hills that happen as
a result of lakes and permafrost ahhh… Freezing together….You’d go google it,
read..It’s really cool! You can also bring your own kayaks or canoes and go
for a nice paddle….They have events at a local hall in the evenings…..Checkout the
grocery store and see what kind of prices they have. That’s always
entertaining! They also have plenty of things, like community things… Like
basketball courts and diamonds for baseball and….Something I think is really
cool; Is you can go swimming and probably one of the most Northern swimming pools
on the planet! So yeah, all kinds of things to keep you busy! It’s pretty
awesome!…If you love documenting your travels as much as I do, you probably
have a drone! If you are an American, you are not going to at least at this time
be able to fly your drone! I attempted to get the permissions because in June of
2019 everything changed in Canada! There’s recreational and advanced
licenses. And as an American, they just do not have it at this time where I can
qualify. I look forward to that day because it was absolutely spectacular!
And we were driving through these spots.. it’s just God’s country and thinking
like; “Oh my goodness! The drone would be so nice but…Yeah, I gotta obey the laws
when I’m a guest in somebody else country! Speaking of obeying the laws and
respecting the traditions of countries that you visit; I want to touch on a
topic that was something of discussion on forums as well as people that we
talked to while we are on the trip. And that is experiencing some rudeness from
the locals in the far North country. I think it’s really important to remember
that even if you are Canadian or have travelled to Canada before; It’s
different there! These are communities that are far removed from typical
Canadian life! Ahh… They often have large native population. And so you’re gonna
have some pretty significant cultural differences! They communicate very
differently and….While you might perceive it as rude, you might want to consider
that it could just be a difference in culture! It’s also really important to
remember to respect their traditions and them as locals!… I personally experienced
a very kind, very generous, talkative, chatty, happy people! So….Just keep that in
mind! Be culturally sensitive! And….And be aware of your surroundings!
And the privilege and honor that it always is to visit people of another
culture or another country! And that you are the visitor in their home!….Alright
guys; This video is a wrap! Thank you so much for watching….Ahh…You’ll find links
to the things that we mentioned in the video description. But yeah, I strongly
encourage you to just make the trip up to Tuktoyaktuk! It will forever change
your life and the way you see the world! If you have never experienced the native
culture and the North country. So hey, thanks for watching! Hit that SUBSCRIBE
button and we will see you on the road!