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30 Jun Base Camp

Arctic hares greeted us this morning as we unzipped the tent door, we had breakfast, then called into Caledon radio for our weekly interview and broke camp to move closer to the big glacier. Leaving the tent and a few...

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29 Jun Moving Closer

Today we continued our haul down the lake. Carl reminded me that originally, there was going to be three of us doing this part of the trip. Unfortunately, I had not re-adjusted our gear for only two people. Now, we...

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28 Jun One Step at a Time

Woke up this morning and began packing gear for a ten day hike to Henrietta Nesmith Glacier. Interrupted by our first encounter of arctic hares.. right in camp, boy, are they huge. Brought our stuff down to the edge of...

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27 Jun The Warm-Up

Today was a good warm-up, after orientation from Park superintendent Monty Yank, and sorting gear again. Carl and I headed out for a six and a half hour hike behind camp, with a partial load on our backs. There was...

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26 Jun First Day Out

Carl and I boarded the twin otter, the work horse of the North. With four others, park Canada staff, and volunteers. We began the flight to Quttinirpaaq National Park on Ellesmere Island. It was a mesmerizing three hour flight over...

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25 Jun Polar Continental Shelf

Word this morning from Tim at Polar Continental Shelf is that the flight is being put off until our gear arrives. No-one goes into the field without their essential gear for safety. The PCS (Polar Continental Shelf) is the mother-ship...

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26 Aug NEW LAND

After the inspiring ride into the fiords the day before, I had hoped the water would calm down so that we could go back out by boat and explore further. But the winds kept up their pace, and a short...

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24 Aug MOVING FURTHER UP

The day began foggy… real foggy. As we had about 5 hours to go by boat, starting out in this kind of weather was not the first choice, especially not knowing the possible ice pack conditions. It was a time...

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23 Aug OPEN WATER

The winds howled through the night, as attested to by the constant flapping of the tent’s nylon. Sleep came and went with the gusts, and by morning I awoke rather groggy. The wind had indeed blown from the right direction,...

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