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Paddling North: 2.5 Million Paddle Strokes

Two weeks ago, in the middle of the night, we pulled into Tuktoyaktuk, NWT having done somewhere in the vicinity of 2.5 million paddle strokes. In the picture above, we are enjoying a toast to finishing our expedition. One week … Continue reading

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Paddling North: Summit!

After an epic day, we achieved our summit and paddled to the pingos just outside Tuktoyaktuk. More details soon.

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Paddling North: Km 2880 and Back in Inuvik

We didn’t start the day thinking we’d finish it in Inuvik but we did. We put a second big day in the books to try to sit out some weather here where we can do some planning. Our evening paddles … Continue reading

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Paddling North: When Life Gives You Rain and Wind, Learn to Make Fish

We woke to wind and rain so loafed around a bit since we knew the wind was supposed to last much of the day. We then took Julie up on her offer to learn about making fish Tsiigehtchic style. We … Continue reading

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Paddling North: 2739 Kilometres of Memories

Crossing the Arctic Circle by canoe will be a pivotal memory from the expedition because it come after an epic paddling day, a night with a musk oxen sharing our beach, a bear sniffing our tent, a gorgeous sunset, and … Continue reading

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Paddling North: Two Big Days

We’ve just had a quick visit to Fort Good Hope and we our last two days have been filled with excitement. Yesterday we had to navigate the Dan Sault Rapids. We visited a memorial to a young man who drowned … Continue reading

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Paddling North: Last Sip Of Luxury and Learning About Norman Wells

Our wonderful host, Sue, took us out for lunch buffet and then feasted us on BBQ this evening including ice cream and Mars Bar for dessert. That’s two desserts in one day-what treats! Such a pleasure to have fresh veggies … Continue reading

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Paddling North: Km 2178 and Counting

The last time I was on approach to Norman Wells 3.5 months ago, it was much colder and much whiter. Marian and I were headed to Inuvik and #paddlingnorth was a motley collection of dried food, an oversized bughouse, a … Continue reading

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Paddling North: Evening Paddle to Tulita

After sitting out for a good chunk of the day… and good thing we got the tarp up because the thunderstorms did indeed boom and flash and pour, the wind died and the sky cleared enough to paddle to Tulita. … Continue reading

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Paddling North: Wind, Thunder, and Lightning Oh My!

It’s been a week full of “split shifts” due to wind and thunderstorms. Our last full paddling day was our 105 km day. Before that and after that, we’ve been “beached”, somewhat like being benched by a coach in sport, … Continue reading

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Paddling North: Winded Off at Kilometre 1862

  This is TA calling in from Kilometre 1862 of Paddling North. You can hear it blowing behind me about 20 to 25 km/h building to gusts of 45 km/h and kicking up pretty good. When you have the wind … Continue reading

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Paddling North: These Boots Were Made for Humbling

So this happened. I wax eloquently about the experience of being in this vast place and then it smacks me down a few notches. My mom used to say, “Don’t get too big for your britches,” when we were acting … Continue reading

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Paddling North: This is a Big Place Day 56

I A friend wrote and asked how we are experiencing this place and I have many answers. It is big. Vast. Huge. Humbling. Humbling to travel through. It reflects how small and insignificant we are on a daily basis but … Continue reading

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Paddling North: Kilometre 1852 Tempest in the Wine Glass Day 56

After I called in the audio update, we paddled a few km and decided to stop short of our island goal and make camp because the grey clouds were getting greyer and the wind was picking up again. We hurried … Continue reading

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Paddling North: Odometer Moments Day 56

Hey, this is TA and Marion calling from our canoe.  Just headed out from Wrigley. We got there this afternoon.  we were on a wind delay today.  No call yesterday, it was the porcupine’s fault.  it was a porcupine the … Continue reading

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Paddling North: It Was A Porcupine Day 55

Sorry I couldn’t call in last night. It was the porcupine’s fault. The one that visited us the night before during my update call. I went to go and try to get a pic and likely didn’t shut off the … Continue reading

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Paddling North: Heading fit the Camsell Bend

Today was a rest/relax/plan/prep/weather day for us in Fort Simpson. Here Cat Cat helped us review river charts for the Deh Cho. Its interesting, after spending a week on the big river, to see the charts that the big boats … Continue reading

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Paddling North: Odometer Moment 50 for 50

We paddled 50 kilometres today on Day 50 of our expedition, Paddling North. After several near misses, we finally got an odometer moment. Those who have been following me for awhile will know that I love odometer moments. I also … Continue reading

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Paddling North: Settling In With a New Friend

We are settling in nicely to life on the Deh Cho / Mackenzie River and it welcomed us gently and then had bed. Throwing a wee bit of everything at us. Rain, thunder, wind, intense sun, amazing views, beavers, eagles, … Continue reading

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Paddling North: Maps, Post Office, and Providence

We decided to take this as a P day…planning, prep, and post office. We got a ride into town and visited a few spots then sidled up to the Snowshoe Cafe, ordered buffalo burgers and fries, and using the flat … Continue reading

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Paddling North: Ready for the Mackenzie

These are peeps over the Mackenzie River and we are now Mackenzie paddling peeps. Tom drove us from Fort Resolution to Fort Providence today and dropped us at the Territorial campground. A friend of his will hopefully help get us … Continue reading

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Paddling North: Opening Windows, Closing Doors

After an 18 hour blow, the wind has finally calmed. This is looking out from Fort Resolution towards Mission Island from where we came today when the winds began to drop. We landed near the Treaty Signing Century Celebration Arbor … Continue reading

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Paddling North: Some Days are Diamonds, Other Days are Windy

Two updates today… the joy of Internet connectivity. That’s Marian above constructing a tripod so we could try the Waterlily Turbine in windier conditions, the same conditions that kept us on the beach. On the beach, perched a three kilometre … Continue reading

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Paddling North: 1338 and Counting

After 1338 kilometres and 39 days, we reached Great Slave Lake last night. It greeted us with some interesting wind and water conditions but then eased allowing us to take some pictures and enjoy a following “sea” almost to Fort … Continue reading

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Paddling North: Heading Out Again Tomorrow

Turns out, we weren’t in a big hurry to head out from Fort Chipewyan. We’ve so enjoyed our stay that it seemed a shame to rush off (and a bit more test never goes astray). Yesterday we visited the Wood … Continue reading

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Paddling North: Fort Chip

We woke, having not had any interactions with the bear whose prints we found on the Winter road, to a grey day. With a weather report of increasing wind, we packed quickly and headed out. The crossing took about an … Continue reading

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Paddling North: 4 Kilometres Short and Playing It Safe

We are hunkered down in our tent. The winds are sailing round and the shaking tent is making our prayer flags sway. We are across the way from Fort Chipewyan, a wee bit broken hearted, after a huge paddling day … Continue reading

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Paddling North: Cobble Barge Camp Day 21

What an evening we are having. The light, as you can see above, is stunning. We arrived at camp, which we are calling “Cobble Barge Camp” just in time to unload the boat, set up the tent, and set up … Continue reading

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Paddling North: Back in the Saddle

Lovely evening here. Dinner done early so there is time to pull up a log and drop you a note before the temperature plummets to near freezing and we run for our sleeping bags. The light this time of day … Continue reading

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Paddling North Day 16: Rest, Planning, and Preparation

We took a rest and prep day today. We loved “Lily Creek” so much that we decided to stay awhile. The picture above shows what a “barrel dive” looks like. We are travelling with six weeks (now four weeks of … Continue reading

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Paddling North Days 14 and 15

We left our “Splitting the Waters” camp with the scent of wood smoke on the air. A forest fire nearby up along at started overnight and we woke up to haze and smoke. We then decided to skip our rest … Continue reading

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Paddling North Days 11-13 Wind, Bugs, and Eating Well

So you can see the theme of the past few days…bugs, wind, and less current. The picture of me in my big jacket above is post loading of the canoe, that we’d parked in a creek the night before because … Continue reading

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Paddling North: Day Nine and Ten

We left Whitecourt yesterday with the help of Carol (our bus driver) and Greg. They helped move our gear to the launch and then went down to the last spur to wave as we left town. We ran the spur … Continue reading

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Feeding Paddling North

Ms. Gamble’s Grade Three class asked how we are doing our food for the expedition so here goes. We are using a pantry system rather than a meal by meal. This means we have a bunch of food (I.e. 360 … Continue reading

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Paddling North Day Two Good Morning

Day Two begins with calm. Both in the water and in our bellies. Off to paddle before the wind rises. Thanks for all of your encouragement. Indeed butterflies are better than bugs, they go away. Thanks KW for that wisdom.

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Paddling North

Marian and I are “Paddling North” and you are invited! We will be leaving Jasper, Alberta on May 17 and paddling north approximately 3400 kilometres to the Arctic Ocean at Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories and hope to arrive there in mid … Continue reading

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Testing, Testing…The First Audio Post of Paddling North

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How #PaddlingNorth is Like Climbing Everest Part Two: The Summit Push

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about the similarities between this expedition and climbing Everest. You can find that post here: How #PaddlingNorth is Like Climbing Everest https://taloeffler.com/2018/07/13/how-paddlingnorth-is-like-climbing-everest/ This is part two. Marian and I reached Inuvik last … Continue reading

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How #PaddlingNorth is Like Climbing Everest

As I was paddling last evening against a potentially building wind, I thought about how this expedition shares similarities with climbing Everest. I’ve made three attempts at climbing Everest and reached a high point of 7600 metres in 2010. I’m … Continue reading

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Driving North: Car Portage #1

Howdy from Fort Mac! It’s interesting to finally see the place that’s been so central in so many Newfoundlanders lives over the past two decades. We had a quiet night at our up along “Disappointment Welding” camp and enjoyed watching … Continue reading

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