July 27 Cape Chapman

•July 28, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Dangerous ice conditions forced the group ashore and prevented them from rounding Cape Chapman.

July 26 camp and photos

•July 27, 2012 • 1 Comment

Sandy Briggs sent me a few more photos from his time up there! Enjoy!

July 25

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July 24 – Kugaaruk

•July 24, 2012 • 3 Comments

Just got off the phone with Susan!

They weren’t able to leave today due to high winds. In the early morning the winds got up to ~40 knots (~75 km/h). They were invited to stay in a house so they broke camp, which was quite difficult. At one point Susan laid flat on the dismantled tent to keep it down. A gust of wind entered the front and lifted her off the ground and rolled her off the tent!. Bob also enjoyed chasing his Thermarest down the beach after the wind moved a giant anchor rock that was holding it down!

They plan to head off tomorrow.

July 23 – Photos & news!

•July 24, 2012 • 3 Comments

Sandy flew out and I met him over the weekend in Yellowknife. He brought some extra gear with him and a photo card from Susan!
I talked with Susan a couple times over the weekend. They have been organizing themselves in Kugaaruk. They are planning on dead heading a kayak to Yellowknife tomorrow and then continuing on their way.

July 20 – Kugaaruk Camp

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July 8th: more news

•July 9, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Linda talked to Bob earlier.

“They were cautiously watching a female bear with 2 yearlings about 2 km away and are hoping they stay away. That will make five bears that they’ve seen. The bears were quite beautiful with the low sun shining on them he said. The weather has been good, but with all the ice it has been a difficult trip so far. Today was especially challenging — they had to do technical lining of the boats from a bank of cliffs, maneuvering the boats through ice.”

July 7th: Talked to Susan

•July 8, 2012 • 1 Comment

Susan called this evening. They were having a rest day.

As figured, there is a tonne of ice. They have been pulling since they got to the coast. The lakes are partly open, but the ocean is still solid. They are finding some leads to paddle in, but the going is a bit slow.

The locals said that Kugaaruk (Pelly Bay) is already open. So hopefully they will find some open water soon!

They have seen one polar bear, 100s of caribou every day, and a whack of seals.

July 3rd camp

•July 3, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Another ~15km day.

July 2nd Camp

•July 3, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I would guess that they are probably pulling the kayaks over the ice, doing a 12-15km day. Probably some break-up occurring, but I would bet that there is still a lot of ice in Pelly Bay.