Journey through Baffin Island:
It would be difficult to get a better day than today!
We slept in till 7:30 a.m. and started water at 8 a.m. We took our time packing up as the sun hit the tents and the mountain views burst all around us. After some team photos we loaded up and hit the trail.
Almost immediately out of camp, Summit Lake empties into the Weasel River down a narrow winding gorge that is a dramatic combination of rapids and waterfalls. For us, the river is frozen into waves, drops, and endless amazing shapes. In parts, the grade was perfect for hopping onto your sled and sliding for hundreds of meters. After a couple of kilometres, the river flattened out and opened into a wider plane. At this point, the water pressure forces water through the ice onto the surface where it develops into a thin layer of ice overnight. In essence, there is solid ice, and top of that 2 – 6 inches of water covered by a second layer of thin ice. As we walked on the thin layer of ice it cracked and splintered. It was like walking on plastic as it flexed under our weight. In some places we broke through the first layer of ice, but it wasn’t very deep. It was quite exciting but a little nerve wracking for some people.
After a while we entered another canyon that was about 2 km long with a slight decline. The walking was almost effortless.
We met two rangers coming in to service the Summit shelter outhouse and they told us they just put a fresh clean barrel in the Thor outhouse which made the group very excited.
We met Peter, Hazaksai, and David as they were on their way to Summit Lake to get our cargo. They will be our support crew to the end of the trip.
Once in camp we had an amazing view of Mount Thor which is the highest vertical cliff face in the world at over 1,600 m straight up. In some ways it does not look so big as it is just too difficult to judge the size of it. Plus, everything else around us is so huge it does not look out of place.
Once in camp we sat in the sun and had a great chat with Peter Kilabuk who told stories of the north and answered questions for well over an hour. The group was very excited to talk to him and to learn from him.
We then set up our tents, sparked up the stoves and got hot drinks and dinner ready
Everyone is in high spirits and enjoying life. It is amazing what good weather and a fantastic view will do.
Good night from TPL Baffin Island.