Summit Lake area (Day 8 & 9)

After a late start at 17:00 hours on Day 1, we quickly established a pattern of setting camp early-to-mid afternoon, resting, reading, & writing until supper around 17:30 then ETB. Mornings saw us underway by about 06:00 hours, earlier if we needed to cross a Significant River. By noon, the blazing sun had transformed the upper…

Day 7: Glacier & Summit Lakes, Baffin Island

On the trail by 5:30 to capture this serene image of the rising sun on Glacier Lake then onto yet another Significant River Crossing of Turner Glacier runoff. We’re all getting pretty good at crab-walking across the rushing water and leaning forward on our hiking poles to brace ourselves. 07:30 – Breakfast on the four-story-high…

Baffin Island Hike — Day 6

A fabulous day: 00:05 – up to our phone alarms —the only sound for miles 01:10 – following Peter’s briefing about standard and emergency river crossing procedures, we depart for our first Significant River Crossing: across the Owl River through the outflow from the Highway and Rundle Glaciers 02:00 – Across! hurray! thank goodness for…

Akshayuk Pass — Day 5

Day 5 – August 4:  Mount Asgard Scenic View Camp was as beautiful at 06:00 hours as on the previous evening. Water in the reflecting pond had seeped into the surrounding ground overnight making the water level much lower. However, we still had to circumnavigate along a crest of soft grasses then moraine boulders rather…

Days 3 & 4: Auyuittuq- a little beach time

We couldn’t have expected such magnificent weather. Once we got “into the zone” we anticipated each day’s spectacular and changing landscapes. Between km 20 – 23 Peter, our guide, and I walked barefoot enjoying the fine grains of beach sand. A few km later, I switched to MEC paddle boots to muck through the boggy…

The TREK- Day 2

Following our late drop-off at the trail head, we voted to sleep in, enjoy coffee and a leisurely breakfast, and take our time breaking camp. Enroute by 11AM, beautiful pink Broad-leaf willow-herbs dotted our pathways —the northern section has no real trail, just a suggested meander on the map—and seven antlers indicated the presence of…

Qikiqtarjuaq to Trailhead

Fog hovering above the Iqaluit Airport (CYFB) delayed our 09:15 flight to Qikiqtarjauq (Big Island, formerly Broughton Island) and, when we reached Qik, we still needed to have Parks Canada mandatory safety briefing about wilderness camping and Polar Bears! About 2.5 hours later, Captain Billy took us to Co-op store to purchase naphtha for our…

Day 1: Baffin Island Trek

July 30, 2019. Uneventful flight (that the way we like them!) from Ottawa (CYOW) to Iqaluit (CYFB, the FB derived from the English name Frobisher Bay). Tomorrow we’ll be on the 09:00 flight from CYFB to Qikiqtarjuaq, the Inuktituk word for Big Island, and start our 98 km hike of Auyuittuq National Park.

Armchair Traveler Season 2

JUST RELEASED— Here are the dates & lineup for the ARMCHAIR TRAVELER SEASON 2 starting FALL 2019.  Thursdays 6:30-7:30 Parrott Art Gallery, 3rd Floor Belleville Public Library, Pinnacle Street, Belleville, Ontario Admission: FREE — wheelchair accessible (elevator) VOYAGE #1 Oct. 10, 2019 – Dr. Bob Bates – To the stars and back  VOYAGE #2 Dec…

Day 2: Trekking Mount Toubkal

On DAY 1, we set out from Kasbah du Toubkal, fabulously resurrected by Mike & Chris McHugo’s Discover UK and now a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. From the kasbah, situated at 1820m (5,971′), we trekked up-up-up to the Refugio les Mouflons at 3207m (10,521′), an ascent of 1387m (4,550′). We took our…