Getting wintery

It's January, -33 C. It's starting to get pretty cool, but February is supposed to be colder. Nice and crispy out there, good northern lights on clear skies, but I'm sort of looking forward to the skiing season to start full steam - when it gets warmer.

We are doing little crosscounrty jaunts across the fiord and up the creek and it's fun, but my true aspiration lies in tumbling down mountains on my telemark skis. I don't care if I come head first - I just want to be there. I was already doing that pretty effectively last spring, cruising down those avalanche-prone wind slabs, making an occasional man-shaped hole in them.

Well, maybe in a month.

Today we couldn't get the truck started and I'm not even going to try the skidoos. Crosscountry skiing would be okay but instead I went for a little photo walk in the dusk. The photos below are from today.

Nice and calm out there.

Hiking in the Auyuittuq National Park, Fall 2009

Finally a little something on the hike that Delia, Jessica and I did last fall in the Auyuittuq National Park (ANP). We completed the 100 km Akshayuk Pass last in the late August and early September of 2009, in fairly good fall conditions, and in fairly good manner.

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Fan base

Our little fall break is over and I'm back in Pangnirtung to cater to our small but enthusiastic blog audience. We have a lot of fans, at least my mother and perhaps Anneli in Kemijärvi, Ray in Montreal and Rhonda in California. From now on we will simply refer to you as our "fan base". It sounds better.

Just to let our fan base know, we have a couple major updates coming soon: the Auyuittuq hike that we did in September and our fall break trip to the spectacular Skaha Bluffs rock climbing area in B.C.

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