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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, […]

March 31, 2019

Great Progress

The heaving sea ice on the way into the North Pole river. Photo: Garry Tutte/Arctic Return   Made great progress. In all, we travelled 28 kilometres. We started out from our camp just shy of the North Pole River, to then head toward the river’s mouth. There, we encountered two or three hundred yards of […]

March 30, 2019

First Day on the Trail

Skiing out of Naujaat. Photo: Garry Tutte/Arctic Return   Saturday. Winds still blowing strong, but we felt the need to make a start. The team packed up camp, bright and early, and set off with our heavy sleds in tow. Happy to be under way after the weather delay. Our heading on the sea-ice is […]

March 29, 2019

Blizzard continues

Locals provide AR team with much needed knowledge of the land and sea ice conditions between Naujaat and Gjoa Haven. photo: Garry Tutte/Arctic Return Still camped on the sea-ice outside the community. We got to bed early, the plan being to get a quick start first thing in the morning but the winds failed to […]

March 28, 2019

On The Sea-ice

Our camp on the sea-ice next to Naujaat. With winds blowing at 50-70km/hr, the hamlet was shutdown due to the blizzard conditions. Photo: Garry Tutte/Arctic Return   Hello All. An Arctic blizzard has blown up, pushing sustained winds of 50-60 km/h, gusting to 70 km/h. We’re camped out on the sea-ice just outside of Naujaat […]

March 27, 2019

Arrival Naujaat

Local youth in Naujaat come out to greet us on our team’s preliminary walk around town. Photo: Garry Tutte/Arctic Return   March 26th Expedition Update After a great night’s sleep at the Four Points Sheraton at the Winnipeg Intl Airport, (thank you everyone there for the great stay!) it was time for the four of […]

March 25, 2019

We’re on the move!

After a weekend together in Ottawa, spent packing and prepping, then packing and prepping some more, the Arctic Return team (David Reid, Garry Tutte, Frank Wolf and Richard Smith) is on it’s way to Naujaat, Nunavut at last, via an overnight stay in Winnipeg, then heading North in the morning. The journey begins. We’re excited!!