Guelph: Trek to the Snows of Kilimanjaro

A big THANK YOU to the 70+ attendees who trekked virtually with me to the 19,351’/5895 metre high summit of Kilimanjaro hosted by the Guelph Public Library. I’m pictured here with some of my friends and fellow aviators from Waterloo on the Grand 99s.

Armchair Traveler Lecture Series

A big THANK YOU to the STANDING ROOM only CROWD of 80+ who attended last night’s lecture, Trek the Akshayuk Pass. I had a great time chatting about the adventure and look forward to future opportunities. Photography SHOW & SALE of associated images continues to February 7th, 2020. “Your lecture was fabulous—informative, great eye-candy sprinkled…

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…

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…

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…

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…