American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, Canada, Canadian Arctic, Nunavut, Kayaking Across Baffin Island

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  • Publication Year: 1995

Kayaking across Baffin Island. Andy Bridge, Phil DeRieme, Hayden Glatte and John Weld were flown to a sandbar near the Barnes Icecap on Baffin Island on July 16. With their 35-pound kayaks each packed with 50 pounds of supplies, they set out for the coast down the McDonald River. They reached the seacoast at Ikpik Bay in four days, despite having to portage around some of the worst rapids. Next, they navigated among ice floes some twenty miles south to the mouth of an unnamed river. Upstream work was hard. First they made their way up rapids connecting two lakes. Poling or pulling the kayaks upstream next alternated with paddling. The crux was a canyon in the unnamed river, which involved a very difficult portage. Eventually after twelve days, they were back at the Barnes Icecap. The final leg of the journey was down the Clyde River where, among other hazards, they avoided a 70-foot waterfall. They were picked up by pre-arrangement at the head of Clyde Fiord by an Inuit guide with a powerboat, having kayaked some 300 miles. They were supported by W.L. Gore’s Shipton-Tilman Grant and Malden Mills’ Polartec Performance Challenge.

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