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…

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.

Tom Petty nailed it…

…coming down is the hardest thing! From Refugio Les Mouflons we climbed 869 metres TO the SUMMIT then 869 metres down to the refuge. 2,850′ feet up…2,850′ down…4km up…4km down. This photo gives you an idea of the steepness….Look closely in the snowy area (top right quarter) and you’ll see a group of four descending…

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…

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…

Photographers without Borders

THANK YOU everyone who voted for my photo, FISHING PENS, VIET NAM, in my first PHOTOGRAPHERS WITHOUT BORDERS Contest.  After the initial selection of 16 images by PWB staff , the public made their choices….and my photo placed SECOND. While cycling in Central Viet Nam, I saw this photograph—that is to say, the instant I…

Photographers without Borders

A few months ago, I was accepted as a photographer by Photographers without Borders. A few weeks ago, I entered 3 photographs in their semi-annual magazine photography contest – and this one was selected! I received this email from Jennie Pearson, Editor, Photographers Without Borders: “Congratulations. Your photo (FISHING PENS, Hoi An, Viet Nam) has…