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Exploring the wild and rugged coast of the world's largest uninhabited island
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Where else can you ski beside the ocean, watch passing whales, and dodge polar bears ... all at the same time!?
Where else can you ski beside the ocean, watch passing whales, and dodge polar bears ... all at the same time!?
This richly illustrated lecture is based on my three expeditions to the eastern half of Canada’s Devon Island. After nearly 2000 kilometres of skiing and hiking we came away with a rich haul of experiences, still images and video which are featured in "On the Wildside”
This richly illustrated lecture is based on my three expeditions to the eastern half of Canada’s Devon Island. After nearly 2000 kilometres of skiing and hiking we came away with a rich haul of experiences, still images and video which are featured in "On the Wildside”
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DEVON ISLAND’S east coast is a classic High Arctic wilderness where the open waters of northern Baffin Bay wash against a bold landscape of ice cap, glaciers and mountains. It is a place to explore the WILDSIDE: the edge where land and ocean meet. For the arctic expeditioner the payoff is more varied scenery and more wildlife. Travelling here presents more challenges but offers greater rewards. It also makes for a lot of good lecture material!
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To make for an even more interesting adventure we deliberately travelled late in the season, as the land comes alive after the long winter. Coping with constantly changing conditions was all part of the challenge; requiring some creative sled conversions. But there was still time along the way to bag a few summits, traverse the ice cap, view archaeological sites, and see some - about 80 actually - of the area's considerable population of polar bears.
DEVON ISLAND’S east coast is a classic High Arctic wilderness where the open waters of northern Baffin Bay wash against a bold landscape of ice cap, glaciers and mountains. It is a place to explore the WILDSIDE: the edge where land and ocean meet. For the arctic expeditioner the payoff is more varied scenery and more wildlife. Travelling here presents more challenges but offers greater rewards. It also makes for a lot of good lecture material!
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To make for an even more interesting adventure we deliberately travelled late in the season, as the land comes alive after the long winter. Coping with constantly changing conditions was all part of the challenge; requiring some creative sled conversions. But there was still time along the way to bag a few summits, traverse the ice cap, view archaeological sites, and see some - about 80 actually - of the area's considerable population of polar bears.
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