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Our 2019 canoe expedition in Labrador

WaterLily Turbine on the River with Two Names

On our River with Two Names expedition, we had many many things that were power-hungry such as our sat phone, Inreach, drone, cameras, GPS, and phones. Along with a few battery packs, we took our solar panel and the new … Continue reading

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River with Two Names Expedition Photo Gallery

Day Two dawned fine and still. Harp Lake was forgotten. We spent our first day exploring the southern end of Shapio Lake. The mirror surface of the lake produced a landscape-size kaleidoscope of rock and sky.   Journeying together in … Continue reading

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River with Two Names: The Rest of the Story

Eight years after completing our epic descent of the Notakwanon River, four of us (Mark Dykeman, Darren McDonald, Marian Wissink and I) returned to Labrador for two weeks to tackle another river, Mark and Darren in sea kayaks, Marion and … Continue reading

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River with Two Names: My Canoe Got Bigger

Looking over the bow of our canoe, it is much bigger now. We traded our smaller boats for a ride on the Kamutik W from Hopedale to Goose Bay. We traded the calm solitude of the wilderness for the intense … Continue reading

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D14 Paddling portion finished 2day in Hopedale. Foggy cold morning gave ephemeral views. Last night in tents. Ferry south 2morrow. Lovely to explore Hopedale. View the location or send a reply to TA Loeffler: https://us0.inreach.garmin.com/textmessage/txtmsg?extId=aa5249be-d68b-4d5e-b6cc-387e936854c5&adr=miyu735rowe%40post.wordpress.com TA Loeffler sent this message … Continue reading

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D13 Hilltop view of islands South reveal shades & hues of blue that we could only imagine B4 2day. High perch beats heat & bugs. Coastal rock swirls & layers. View the location or send a reply to TA Loeffler: … Continue reading

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D12 Loons sing us asleep. Magnificent day. Heat was wearing. We visited snow & 30 degrees C in 2day. Rocks we will never forget were our handrail today. View the location or send a reply to TA Loeffler: https://us0.inreach.garmin.com/textmessage/txtmsg?extId=06061cb3-92f0-48b0-a86e-052bab4e0fa6&adr=miyu735rowe%40post.wordpress.com TA … Continue reading

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D11 Island. Crow & partridge berries. Camping perfect. Oh, there’s a bear. A big bear. A black bear. We leave. It swims. We stay. View the location or send a reply to TA Loeffler: https://us0.inreach.garmin.com/textmessage/txtmsg?extId=6e7e85e4-e43c-4722-a8c7-88ce19f91ee7&adr=miyu735rowe%40post.wordpress.com TA Loeffler sent this message … Continue reading

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D10 Spectacular day on the Labrador Sea. Headed out of Adlatok Bay on an oily sea. Headwind in the aft. Sun all day. Campfire. Yum View the location or send a reply to TA Loeffler: https://us0.inreach.garmin.com/textmessage/txtmsg?extId=e07d7235-2d75-4fa6-b839-b65a52dca7ab&adr=miyu735rowe%40post.wordpress.com TA Loeffler sent this … Continue reading

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D9 Rest, explore, McGyver, bake brownies kind of day. All weather 2day Prepping 4 ocean phase. No audio update conserving sat batt View the location or send a reply to TA Loeffler: https://us0.inreach.garmin.com/textmessage/txtmsg?extId=c0958b4f-ca23-4e6d-90f1-f1189526cf07&adr=miyu735rowe%40post.wordpress.com TA Loeffler sent this message from: Lat … Continue reading

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D8 Off the Adlatok & camped at the head of Adlatok Bay. Big headwind. Too late to make headway after portage. Weather is cold Brrr View the location or send a reply to TA Loeffler: https://us0.inreach.garmin.com/textmessage/txtmsg?extId=cc0aba31-745b-4ae9-8fcf-84edb96f0657&adr=miyu735rowe%40post.wordpress.com TA Loeffler sent this … Continue reading

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D7 Almost 2 the Labrador Sea. Halfway over last portage. River w/ two names became river with one name today: Adlatok. Black flies View the location or send a reply to TA Loeffler: https://us0.inreach.garmin.com/textmessage/txtmsg?extId=710d5668-7d00-4533-8e4a-58c88d2a2e2d&adr=miyu735rowe%40post.wordpress.com TA Loeffler sent this message from: … Continue reading

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D6 you should have seen the boats sliding down the hill to the river…blue, yellow, red with us running behind. Braking gently View the location or send a reply to TA Loeffler: https://us0.inreach.garmin.com/textmessage/txtmsg?extId=7729be69-e327-4f5a-a0e3-de884f84df67&adr=miyu735rowe%40post.wordpress.com TA Loeffler sent this message from: Lat … Continue reading

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D5. Big day of going to & fro. All boats over our first long portage. 3 trips. 1 more 2morrow. Lots of heat, bugs, & no wind. Rain View the location or send a reply to TA Loeffler: https://us0.inreach.garmin.com/textmessage/txtmsg?extId=487e8d67-477c-4127-9e98-a28c0f73ed69&adr=miyu735rowe%40post.wordpress.com TA … Continue reading

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D3. Hiding from horrific black flies A large day w/ waterfalls, portages, paddling in/with to the wind. & a small incident where I wear bear spray No bears View the location or send a reply to TA Loeffler: https://us0.inreach.garmin.com/textmessage/txtmsg?extId=e15a3878-0a40-40b9-85e5-1580f8a8708e&adr=miyu735rowe%40post.wordpress.com TA … Continue reading

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D3. Shapio Hilton. Big day exploring books & crannies of SL. Now camped at N end. Lots of exciting g tailwinds. White caps. Exit Shapio 2morrow. Great day. View the location or send a reply to TA Loeffler: https://us0.inreach.garmin.com/textmessage/txtmsg?extId=8bd81272-8c8c-438b-aedf-95a6e48dc2aa&adr=miyu735rowe%40post.wordpress.com TA … Continue reading

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A few days on Shapiro and then big portage back to Adlatok. Miss most of the rapids/portages. Then same plan as before. Super beauty day here. Blue sky. Mtns. View the location or send a reply to TA Loeffler: https://us0.inreach.garmin.com/textmessage/txtmsg?extId=63f689a7-642e-4dd2-a654-e6487708b7cd&adr=miyu735rowe%40post.wordpress.comContinue reading

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D2.Stunning beauty as we paddled W. up Shapio Lake to a tributary. Lunch on gravel bar. Easy paddle home in stiff tail wind. 22km View the location or send a reply to TA Loeffler: https://us0.inreach.garmin.com/textmessage/txtmsg?extId=9e7fa0bb-8bb6-421f-9ff5-630be287fdca&adr=miyu735rowe%40post.wordpress.com TA Loeffler sent this message … Continue reading

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Settling in nicely. Camp is gorgeous. We are “Harp-Broken” but adjusting to our new trip plan. Rewarded with great views today View the location or send a reply to TA Loeffler: https://us0.inreach.garmin.com/textmessage/txtmsg?extId=43ec6c75-6a15-4976-8b90-6ff12d88c3c5&adr=miyu735rowe%40post.wordpress.com TA Loeffler sent this message from: Lat 54.928497 … Continue reading

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Flexibility is key while adventuring. New trip start on Shapiro Lake due to socked in conditions over Harp Lake. Thanks Keith! View the location or send a reply to TA Loeffler: https://us0.inreach.garmin.com/textmessage/txtmsg?extId=cf4dd89e-21e0-4585-aafb-97425ea2cc51&adr=miyu735rowe%40post.wordpress.com TA Loeffler sent this message from: Lat 54.928293 … Continue reading

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Hading our from Otter Creek Float Plane Base. Catch ya from the River with Two Names View the location or send a reply to TA Loeffler: https://us0.inreach.garmin.com/textmessage/txtmsg?extId=03b16f2b-ebc0-47b3-a85b-83f349036af8&adr=miyu735rowe%40post.wordpress.com TA Loeffler sent this message from: Lat 53.352442 Lon -60.411458 Do not reply … Continue reading

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River of Two Names: The Team is in Goose Bay

Meet the team. Mark, Darren, Marian, and me. Eating a cone at The A & W in Goose Bay. It’s a tradition. Another tradition is visiting the old Hudson Bay Company Post Museum in NW River. They have great wooden … Continue reading

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The River With Two Names

Our current expedition is called The River with Two Names and it begins/began on August 15 when we fly into Harp Lake. After a few days paddling along the lake we will exit via the Harp River onto the the … Continue reading

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Testing the Inreach. Still in St John’s. heading to the Big Land on Wednesday. Congrats to the Tickle Swimmers. View the location or send a reply to TA Loeffler: https://us0.inreach.garmin.com/textmessage/txtmsg?extId=7c667a37-908e-4d23-86cc-ad345e405880&adr=miyu735rowe%40post.wordpress.com TA Loeffler sent this message from: Lat 47.573365 Lon -52.752378 … Continue reading

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Less than One Week and Counting: River with Two Names

As part of our last minute preparations for the River with Two Names expedition, we took our new WaterLily 12v turbine out yesterday for a test spin. We walked over to the Rennies River and placed in in a few … Continue reading

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The River with Two Names: Two Weeks and Counting

Two weeks and counting. We had a wonderful event last night on Long Pond where we introduced the joys of canoeing to some New Canadians and their conversation partners. It was a great partnership between School of Human Kinetics, Student … Continue reading

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The River with Two Names: Three Weeks & Counting

Our expedition team met last night with Richard Alexander to go over the map, see some pictures, and get some beta (information) from him. We then (almost) finalized our group gear list with who is bringing what. The excitement is … Continue reading

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Coming Next: A River with Two Names

Thanks to all who played “Which expedition is next?” a few weeks back. I realized that I never confirmed what river we are paddling in mid August…so here goes. Our next expedition is called The River with Two Names and … Continue reading

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