Passing the Arctic Circle

At our Windy Lake camp, we discussed staying two nights to facilitate a side-trek climb to the reputedly spectacular Schwartzenbach Falls. We decided against this because we’d be forced to start the following day at 04:30, traverse two serious glacial streams, and walk 14km to our next planned camp, three km north of our planned…

Day 10— 2 KM north of Arctic Circle

Another stunning day. Today’s trail took us along hard-pack dirt paths, warm sand hills, and Windy Lake’s steep rocky moraine. We feel so fortunate as we remember the Park Ranger’s words, “some people do this hike and see nothing but clouds.” Even on our planned day of rest (Day 8), the constant drizzle made the…

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…

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…