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April 12, 2019

Camped on the Kellett River

David, Richard and Frank checking in  It is now Day 14 on the trail. We’re camped on the Kellett River, which is part of a river system that will eventually drain into Pelly Bay, on the Gulf of Boothia. We’re probably looking into at least a couple of days travel, between here and our arrival […]

April 11, 2019

Topsy turvy travel

Thursday evening. Richard reporting in for team. We’re now well into ‘phase 3′ running off the Arctic Ocean. We skied up the Curtis River and tonight we are settled on dry land. The temperatures have gone up quite a bit. We had -10C while en route this fine day, so again, we were stripped down […]

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, […]