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One of our BSC crew recently returned from what looks like an epic adventure way, way up north in a place called Pangnirtung.
Here is more about the trip in Conor's words:
Pangnirtung, Nunavut is a small hamlet on the shore of the Pangnirtung Fiord. It is home to roughly 1200 people and a burgeoning turbot and arctic char fishery, and is also the starting point for many travellers heading to Auyuittuq National Park. Our intention was to get a sled drop in the park, circumnavigate Mt. Asgard and follow a meandering route of approximately 170 km back to Pangnirtung over sprawling glaciers while skiing lines along the way…As simple as the plan sounded, the challenges the arctic presented us proved to be quite challenging—scant amounts of snow in the valley bottoms, breakable crusts overlying facets, +/-50 cm of snow on the glaciers, temperatures that reached -38 celsius, polar bears, wind and wind scoured ice faces. As dreadful as those conditions sound, it was one of the more rewarding adventures in which I have ever partaken.
I've skied this route. A lot of ice and crust. In the South Baffin, the route from Iqaluit to Kimmirut can sometimes be a little more fun, offering a bit more snow and some vertical, plus there are huts along the trail. In Spring, the mountains on the other side of Frobisher Bay from Iqaluit offer really good snow for almost 8 solid weeks every year. If you are ever contemplating going back, I have a route plan for a week-long tour at Bylot Island (near Pond Inlet) that I have always wanted to try and can share the details with you.