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April 10, 2019

On Leg 3 … a corner turned

David here, checking in for the team. Tonight’s camp co-ordinates are: 68º 0’ 59”N | 88º 27’ 37”W . Sunset arrived at approximately 8 o’clock…and the light is beautiful! Our Day Finally, after 4-5 days of travel, we have (at last) come off the sea-ice of Committee Bay. We made a significant turn today and we’re now […]

April 9, 2019

Minor mishaps and merry mayhem

Hello everyone, Richard once more… checking in from camp …er, uh…camp number 11 (I’m reliably informed), on behalf of the merry band of winter wanderers. We are still on Committee Bay, on the sea-ice. We expect to leave the sea-ice tomorrow, to then head West inland onto some river systems toward Kugaaruk. We awoke to […]

April 8, 2019

A day of surprises

Hello everyone — David here. I am checking in from our overnight camp on the sea-ice, Committee Bay. It is a pleasant Monday evening. All in all, it was a good day. We did 22 kilometres. The temperature has risen, accompanied by wind out of the South, which comes as a great relief. About -15C […]

April 7, 2019

Things are often better with butter

David Reid’s Sunday, April 7, Blog Report Steady, ‘no complaints’, progress continuing to ski up along the western side of Committee Bay today under a bright blue sky, a reasonable temperature in the minus teens, and very little wind. Out of necessity, we’re keeping approximately 2 kilometres offshore on the sea-ice where the skiing was […]

April 6, 2019

Zig-zagging in the cold

Saturday night. Good evening all. Richard here, checking in for the team. “We’re now settled in our tent for the night. Broke down our camp further along Committee Bay this morning. Came up against a few technical issues with the ‘bear fence’ in the process, but we did manage to make a few modifications and cobble it […]

April 5, 2019

Committee Bay

As expected, we had a very comfortable night’s sleep at the hut we found on the Curtis River — a night that was a wee toastier, compared to those spent in our tent. A bright blue sky this morning. The temperature down somewhat though, as we set off along a meandering route following the river […]

April 4, 2019

Good fortune shines

Last night (Wednesday), on a beautifully calm and crystal clear evening we made our camp on Miles Lake. The location and conditions made for an excellent campsite. After a good night’s sleep we set out this morning, on skis, to continue our Miles Lake crossing. Conditions were perfect. The temperature approximately -20C — a calm, […]

April 3, 2019

Topography changing

Wednesday observations: Today we set out in a Northwest direction in the Kivalliq region of Nunavut. We’re back on skis and everything is going well. The further North we head, the topography changes enormously. It seems to be growing, undulating, not unlike a Baffin Island landscape; a lot of lakes, a lot of rolling hills, […]

April 2, 2019

Getting into the rhythm

Typically, at the start of any long expedition it takes a few days to find a consistent rhythm to doing things – to establish systems and daily routines. Especially so, at the end of the day, when we are preoccupied with putting up the tent, re-filling fuel bottles, getting the stoves going, the food ready, […]

April 1, 2019

Mixed conditions and a change of gear…

Currently, we’re situated in the middle of an area geographically identified as the Christie Lake system of Nunavut. [Camped here out on the frozen landscape of this vast and remarkable region of the Arctic we are especially cognizant that we are in travelling in Nunavut (Our Land). It was on this day, 20 years ago, […]

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