Baffin boulders

The opportunities for bouldering around Pangnirtung are boundless. There are large rocks to climb practically in every direction. For the first time in many years, we've been able to practice the dearly missed sport. I've already worn out my shoes.

We named one of the first routes "JP's wedding", a route that we climbed on our friend's wedding day. Congrats again, JP and Caroline!

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Pangnirtung wide view

Several weeks ago we hiked up the hill behind our house. Right at the top of the "noname hill" the elevation was around 550 meters which was more than I had expected. The next day we hiked to the top of Mt. Duval, slightly higher, with big cliffs. Elevation 600 meters, yay. Over 1000 meters in two days!

As a result, Delia has shin splints. In Finnish we call it "puppy disease" (penikkatauti).

The photo below was taken from "noname", and Mt. Duval is the big hump in the background. Click the image to see a bigger version!

Hornaday River canoe trip gallery

This is the last batch of photos from the Western Arctic that we are going to dump here before proceeding to the real Baffin stuff.

In July of 2007, myself, Delia, Ceiridwen Robbins, Shane Goeson and Mark Benson departed on an eight-day canoe trip on Hornaday River in Tuktut Nogait National Park. A Cessna 206 took us to Canoe Lake, from where we paddled to Uyarsivik Lake (Cache Lake) in five days. We were fortunate: the water levels were decent and weather permitted good mileage. Typically this 110 km paddle requires 8-10 days with lots of hauling in the constantly shifting sandbars. Strong headwinds are also frequent. They weren't so bad for us.

On a night camping by the river, we saw a lonely grizzly swimming across. The next night, maybe 30 kilometers lower down the river, wolves were howling around the camp. And let me say, ladies and gents, I have never experienced fishing like at Uyarsivik Lake, quite phenomenal.

This is true wilderness.

Click the link below to see the gallery.

http://www.coldpaws.ca/galleries/hornaday_canoe_trip_2007/

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