Winter exploits

Hunting for ski slopes up Kuulik and on a slope to its right, Mike and I found a good way up, pretty smooth and gradual. This is a good way to attack a nearby mountain which I have previously named Mt. Baffinin Lisä.

Mike doesn't ski but he's still pretty ok as company.

Isn't he pretty?

We also shot some sun rays darting through pack ice.

Another weekend, we headed to Kingnait Fiord for a little skidoo ride. It's about 25 kilometers south of Pang, or around there, depending on who you ask. If you asked Mike, he would probably say it's 50 miles north-east. The day was cold (around -29 C) and clear but close to Kingnait Fiord it turned windy. We both were wearing just thin gloves (because we don't use our brains) and froze our fingers on the way back. Luckily there are ten of them, and I can still type with the one finger that didn't have to be amputated.

The following is a typical "Markus style" shot with a blurry object in the foreground. The cool mountain in the back is called Angiuqqaaq, or Boss Mountain.

The wind had shaped the snow and made it extremely hard. Rough on the skidoos, but pretty.

Mike staring into Kingnait Fiord, scanning for ptarmigan and rabbits. We couldn'd find any but that hardly disappointed us.

These slopes are from Mt. Duval. A few weekends ago I skied up it with Sola and Pepi, my dog companions. Pepi is not ours but would not miss a trip even for a bone. Delia was out of town.

Sola.

Sola and Pepi, i.e. the pack. Pepi is a hard core little dog that will run after the skidoo almost as well as Sola, then run up and down a mountain following us on our skis, then run home after us (or catch a ride in our qamotiq). A complete freerider dog.

Some weeks ago we did northern light shooting. We have been trying to get out of town when they are out in order to get better shots. The city lights are unpleasant in the photos. Going away helps a lot.

Another one.

Another one.

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Sunday Skijor

Just a short posting for me to get back into the swing of making posts; I make them so rarely.  What a beautiful day to take the dogs out for some skijoring on the fjord!  We borrowed our friend Donald's dog, Akulik, to join Sola.  Of course Pepi came along for the romp.  Out to the sun and back again, what a lovely run.

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Season's end

Fall season is a wrap. Before heading to Nepal for a little holiday in early October, we pulled out the boat from the water and waved goodbyes to the waves. The last trip on the fiord we did while the first snow was falling down. Floater suits were worth their cost on those cool days.

In this blog entryy you will find a mixed collection of photos from October.

Our new team member, Sola, followed us all over on our trips. She handled the boat well except for jumping in and out of it: she always gets stuck by the belly on the side. We have to give her a lift. Now she has learned how to appropriately stiffen up into plank position for easier lifting convenience.

Aulatsivikjuak Bay:

Mouths full of trail-mix ("no, don't take a picture now!"):

A hike that I enjoyed especially much was from the Hudson's Bay cabin towards Moon Lake at the end of Pangnirtung Fiord. We traveled to the cabin by boat, barely making it in through the barricading rocks at a quickly dropping tide. The propeller got dinged there a few times and now it's looking like we've actually been to places.

The blue spot in the image is a ghost of an ancient shaman.

In the bay there was a great little spot for parking the boat. The hike was very fun, steep with great views, sporty. Thanks for Devin and Kendra for company there! We didn't quite go all the way to Moon Lake but I would be interested to do so in the winter with skis. The approach would have to be less steep, though. Summiting Moon Peak would be well worthwhile.

All in all it was a great fall season. We did the mileage we wanted to with the boat and learned the basic skills. Tides do not seem that complicated to keep track of anymore. And it was positive to observe that our boat didn't sink.

Having a boat is a lot like having a baby. You have to constantly keep an eye on it and if you don't, something bad will happen. The only difference is that babies are probably less work.

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