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…

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…

TONIGHT —Come with me to the Snows of Kilimanjaro

Come with me to the Snows of Kilimanjaro – Part II of the Armchair Traveller Photography Series – TONIGHT – Thursday December 13, 2018 – 6:30 – 7:30 Parrott Art Gallery, 254 Pinnacle Street Belleville Public Library

Paradise Children’s Centre

In Arusha, Tanzania (Elevation 1400 metres/4600′) while I started the acclimatization for my climb on Mount Kilimanjaro to 19,341′, our lead guide Kefas took me to Paradise Children’s Centre where Pastor Christopher and his wife, Grace, care for 20 orphans in their own home. We stopped at the local supermarket where I bought supplies. The…