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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Hiking in the backyard, part II

There's a little Mt. Angiuqqa trip photo gallery up now, offering glimpses from our hiking trip last weekend.

P.S. That yellow MSR tent is brilliant. It has so many well-thought details that it makes me want to set it up in the backyard and go sleep in it just to be close to it. Did you know there could be huge differences in tent stuff sacks? Oh boy, are there ever. And at about 3,5 kg (for 2-3 people and four seasons) it's not even that heavy. And I am just about starting to sound like an MSR advertisement.

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Hiking in the backyard

One of our goals has been to summit every mountain that we see clearly from our house in Pangnirtung. There are maybe twenty, depending on definition. The smallest of them are around 700 meters high, the biggest reaching up to 1300 meters or more. We have definitely decided that this is something we should do. "We could do one every weekend!"

In our first year here, we did the two closest ones.

HOWEVER, last weekend we headed out towards Mt. Angiuqqa, determined to add a couple more in our tick list. This awesome 1200 meters high mountain is situated a short day hike from Pang. The Angiuqqa area is dense with peaks and glaciers. One definitely does not have to go to the park to complete a very satisfying hike: we simply biked to the end of the road and continued walking for a few hours until we reached a great basecamp location next to Mt. Angiuqqa. It was everything we could have hoped for: mountains, glaciers, rivers and untouched wilderness. For sure the park is a gem for hiking purposes, but does come with the added hassle of pickups, drop-offs and permits. And we often forget what's in our backyard.

We spent three nights by the mountain and hiked on two different peaks. On our last day we headed to Mt. Angiuqqa which has a top formed of ice. Our plan was to follow a ridge and drop off to a glacier leading to the summit. We had lugged ropes, ice axes, crampons and the works for this purpose. Unfortunately the glacier was about 50 % smaller than on our map and reaching it would have been an achievement alone. So we turned back and spent the evening chilling out at the camp, cooking food, analyzing human bowel movement in camp circumstances and bouldering the huge rock next to our tent.

I'll post here a few pictures from the trip. There's more to come!

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