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Sunday Photos: Pangnirtung, Nunavut

Today's photos come from a trip in July of 2013. John and I spend two weeks backpacking across the Arctic Circle in Auyuittiq National Park. We started the trip in Pangnirtung, a remote community on Baffin Island in Nunavut, accessible via air from Iqaluit. Pangnirtung was far more beautiful than expected but I cannot imagine surviving the climate. On the day we arrived - June 30th - it was just above freezing - and with…

Baffin Island Backpacking in Auyuittuq National Park: Part II

Our second week of backpacking on Baffin Island in Auyuittuq National Park involved retracing our steps from Summit Lake back to the fjord, an hour away by boat from Pangnirtung. Although we could have done the return trip in about four days, we took a week - with a rest day in the Rock Garden and a slower pace compared to our hike in. In hindsight I would have chosen to do the Auyuittuq Traverse…

Baffin Island Backpacking: Across the Arctic Circle in Photos

Last week's introduction to Baffin Island wasn't a warm one - as far as the temperature was concerned. And it didn't really get much better for several days. Fortunately though the scenery did. What it's like to backpack in Auyuittuq National Park Our plan was to backpack along the Weasel River to the high point at Akshayuk Pass by Summit Lake. Although distances were short, the hiking was slow because of the 50-60 pound loads…

A Backpacking Trip in Auyuittuq NP on Baffin Island – Part I

A blast of cold air hits me as I saunter off the plane in Pangnirtung - a remote, mostly Inuit community on Baffin Island in Nunavut. Instantly I am wondering just what the hell I've got myself into. It's June 30th and I know it's the Arctic but somehow I didn't expect cold like this. I have already endured a flight to Ottawa, another to Iqaluit and then finally one to Pangnirtung - the starting…

Packing List for a Remote Two Week Backpacking Trip

I'm heading to Auyuittuq National Park on Baffin Island's Cumberland Peninsula at the end of June. Auyuittuq is an Inuktitut word meaning land that never melts.  Normally I don't do adventure tours anymore figuring I have enough experience to do it on my own. But when a trip is remote and logistics are tough I am happy to leave the planning - especially meal planning to an outfit. As we're backpacking and carrying everything we''ll be…

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