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An innovative summer expedition across Canada's northernmost island
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The Challenge:
The aim was to make a lightweight, unsupported summer journey in Canadaʼs high arctic, using as little equipment as possible but carrying enough food for 55 days. The challenge was to travel with this load over some very varied terrain. Clive Rubens and I began in mid-June, pulling a sled on the melting sea ice for 250 km. Then we put wheels on the sled and hauled it for a further 250 km before hiking the last 250 km. Vital pieces of equipment included an 800 gram tent and a 1.4 kg boat. This expedition was all about doing more ... with less. In fact it was amazing how little “stuff” one really needed in order to undertake such a challenging journey.
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The Challenge:
The aim was to make a lightweight, unsupported summer journey in Canadaʼs high arctic, using as little equipment as possible but carrying enough food for 55 days. The challenge was to travel with this load over some very varied terrain. Clive Rubens and I began in mid-June, pulling a sled on the melting sea ice for 250 km. Then we put wheels on the sled and hauled it for a further 250 km before hiking the last 250 km. Vital pieces of equipment included an 800 gram tent and a 1.4 kg boat. This expedition was all about doing more ... with less. In fact it was amazing how little “stuff” one really needed in order to undertake such a challenging journey.
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The Challenge:
The aim was to make a lightweight, unsupported summer journey in Canadaʼs high arctic, using as little equipment as possible but carrying enough food for 55 days. The challenge was to travel with this load over some very varied terrain. Clive Rubens and I began in mid-June, pulling a sled on the melting sea ice for 250 km. Then we put wheels on the sled and hauled it for a further 250 km before hiking the last 250 km. Vital pieces of equipment included an 800 gram tent and a 1.4 kg boat. This expedition was all about doing more ... with less. In fact it was amazing how little “stuff” one really needed in order to undertake such a challenging journey.
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80 North and beyond:
Ellesmere Island is way up there; basically itʼs the last bit of Canadian land before the North Pole. This presentation will celebrate the spectacular high arctic wilderness of Ellesmere Island and recount the many challenges we faced as we worked towards our goal. I shot a lot of video, so there is interesting footage us solving a bunch of problems; scary, cold river crossings being high on the list. Good animal sightings too; especially some memorable arctic wolf encounters. And letʼs not forget the weather; the first half of the trip was ridiculously warm (up to 20ºC) and we actually had to search for shade when trying to sleep under the midnight sun. Global warming? Sure felt like it.
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80 North and beyond:
Ellesmere Island is way up there; basically itʼs the last bit of Canadian land before the North Pole. This presentation will celebrate the spectacular high arctic wilderness of Ellesmere Island and recount the many challenges we faced as we worked towards our goal. I shot a lot of video, so there is interesting footage us solving a bunch of problems; scary, cold river crossings being high on the list. Good animal sightings too; especially some memorable arctic wolf encounters. And letʼs not forget the weather; the first half of the trip was ridiculously warm (up to 20ºC) and we actually had to search for shade when trying to sleep under the midnight sun. Global warming? Sure felt like it.
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80 North and beyond:
Ellesmere Island is way up there; basically itʼs the last bit of Canadian land before the North Pole. This presentation will celebrate the spectacular high arctic wilderness of Ellesmere Island and recount the many challenges we faced as we worked towards our goal. I shot a lot of video, so there is interesting footage us solving a bunch of problems; scary, cold river crossings being high on the list. Good animal sightings too; especially some memorable arctic wolf encounters. And letʼs not forget the weather; the first half of the trip was ridiculously warm (up to 20ºC) and we actually had to search for shade when trying to sleep under the midnight sun. Global warming? Sure felt like it.
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