Off the Ice

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After 65 days on the ice the New Land 2013 Expedition to Ellesmere Island has come to an end. This morning at 9:45 a.m. we boarded our charter DeHavilland Twin Otter bound for Resolute and are now at the hotel in Resolute. We’d like to thank our primary sponsors Bergans of Norway, makers of technical outdoor clothing and equipment since 1908, and Devold, makers of wool long underwear and sweaters since 1853.

In total we skijored over 511 nautical miles, or roughly 608 street miles, on Ellesmere Island and Axel Heiberg Island. The ski conditions were totally awesome and the views were even better. To immerse ourselves in this land and travel through it at the beautiful pace set by sled dog and ski has been truly a special experience. We’ve fallen in love with our dogs and this landscape much in the same way that Otto Sverdrup and the men on the Second Fram Expedition did over 100 years ago.

Our wildlife encounters far exceeded our expectations. Here’s the final numbers:

  • We had over 60 wolf sightings
  • We had 96 musk ox sightings
  • We saw 116 rabbits
  • Two polar bears
  • 16 seals
  • And five Arctic fox

We’ll spend the next week in Resolute and Iqaluit and further south in Ottawa packing up and cleaning up before flying home. So this blog will continue as before in the near term. The expedition is over, but we have tons of work to do. We have got to shuffle through all of our video and photos and lots of post-expedition processing and we have to put together the documentary film.

We’d also like to thank all of our generous sponsors and supporters. We’d like to thank the wonderful staff of the Eureka Weather Station, our home team staff and our families. Without your support this project wouldn’t be possible. So on behalf of Toby, Kyle, Hugh, Elle, Axel, Napu, Larry, and myself, thanks for following along, and we’ll have some more blogs coming your way shortly.

Read the full post and listen to the audio dispatch on ForwardEndeavors.com

About the author:

During the late winter and early spring of 2007, John lived in Baffin Island, Canada, for 100 days. There he worked as expedition manager for the Global Warming 101 – Baffin Island Expedition. While documenting the local Inuit experience with climate change, the expedition connected school children in the States with their counterparts on Baffin Island.

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