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…

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…

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: Trekking Mount Toubkal

Every mountain presents a different challenge. As you may recall I climbed Kilimanjaro, in July 2018 and as a result, with far too much assurance I assumed if I could tread upon Kili’s 5,895 metre (19,341′) summit, Djebel Toubkal’s 4,167 metre (13,343′) summit would be a cake walk. Wrong again. At first the path was…

SPARK 2019 FAMILY LIFE

SPARK 2019 FAMILY LIFE April 1 to April 30 Third of my three images selected by jurors. SPARK 2019 7th Annual Since 2013, Northumberland, Peterborough, and the Kawartha Lakes regions have celebrated photography during the month of April. Come to the many exhibits and meet the artists, dreamers, innovators, storytellers, professionals, and enthusiasts behind the camera lens. http://www.lola-photography.com Reception &…

Trek to the Snows of Kilimanjaro (January 12, 2019)

Armchair Travel to the summit of Kilimanjaro Please join us Saturday, January 12, 2:30-3:30 p.m. to enjoy The Snows of Kilimanjaro & Beyond, with photographer and adventurer Lola Reid Allin. After a successful summit of Kilimanjaro in July 2018 through more snow than the tallest freestanding mountain has received in 20 years, Lola travels to the Serengeti by…