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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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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Oldies: politicians and youth

I recently found a few galleries from Paulatuk that had never been published in the old Paws website. There were reasons for that, I can't remember what. The first gallery depicts the 2007 Parks Canada youth camp in Paulatuk. The other one shows images of a bunch of bureaucrats from Ottawa, the big world, visiting Paulatuk.

They caught no fish.

Click the images below to see the galleries.

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