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Day 16: Back to Iqaluit

Day 16: Back to Iqaluit

The morning of our last day in the Auyuittuq region was spent getting our stuff ready, speaking with the Parks staff and also chatting with the team that passed us on the penultimate day of trekking. They were booked in to the flight for the following day, though were desperate to leave early so one […]

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Day 15: the Grand Entrance

Day 15: the Grand Entrance

The final morning just outside Pang was again slightly sombre. I was a little tired – there had been a bit of a storm over night that cause me to wake up as the wind battered the tent again, though fortunately it all kept together. Nobody wants to be made tent-less even only just a […]

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Day 14: Towards Pang

Day 14: Towards Pang

Leaving the final section of the part was a little sad. We could see the spectacular mountains behind us and the route we had gone along stretching back into the distance, though it quickly narrowed and faded in the white. We didn’t spend too long looking back – it was too cold – though when […]

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Day 13: Outward bound

Day 13: Outward bound

Leaving the windy lake shelter and we were around 20km north of Overlord, the final “emergency shelter” and marker of the southern park entrance/exit. We expected it to be a smooth day as we had gone down most of the steepest terrain, so there couldn’t be too many frozen rapids or anything like that ahead […]

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Day 12: Windy Lake shelter

Day 12: Windy Lake shelter

Getting to Windy Lake at the end of all of those nasty frozen rapids was a relief, though things did not completely ease up on us. When we got there, there was an incredibly little amount of snow to camp on. The hard ice of the lake was completely exposed and there were only little […]

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Day 11: A speedy recovery

Day 11: A speedy recovery

Following the trauma of seeing actual unfrozen water going over our feet and freezing onto the bottom of the pulks, we actually slept pretty well over the night. What was interesting, however, was at around 9pm a group of four skidoos coming from the direction we had travelled from, down the river we would go along […]

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Day 10: Just when we thought it was getting easy

Day 10: Just when we thought it was getting easy

Not many photographs from this day – just from the end when it had all calmed down. We were just a bit more concerned about not breaking our necks and killing ourselves on the ice than we were in recording everything. Shame really as there would have been some great video to take. We knew from […]

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Day 9: Over the top

Day 9: Over the top

Finally, we got over the moraine. It was tough going up it, though on the morning of our ninth day we got through the last 1.5km as the rocks became slightly easier to get through and it was reasonably quick to find channels to pull our pulks along. There was just one final little challenge, […]

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Day 8: Struggling up the moraine

Day 8: Struggling up the moraine

The wind insisted on blowing strong throughout the eighth day of our expedition through Auyuittuq National Park, and we weren’t particularly looking forward to getting out of the tent in the morning. Hearing the tent being buffeted around by it all just reminded us that soon it would be us having to go into those […]

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Day 7: The weather turns

Day 7: The weather turns

After six days of pretty gorgeous weather, it finally turned on us probably at the most inconvenient moment possible – when we were going up the moraine. After the beautiful day beforehand when we ventured up into this labyrinth of rock and ice, it changed as it had on the last occasion at night when […]

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