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bluesky 10-19-2019 03:13 PM

Packraft/backpack Tuktut Nogait National Park, NWT, July 2019
I have been trying to fit in an extended summer Arctic trip every year or two. This year we did a packrafting/backpacking trip down the Hornaday River, NWT, starting at Canoe Lake, and going as far as La Roncière Falls. The trip was taken over a busy 15 days, and we had decent water levels, a few riffles, beautiful waterfalls & tundra, many caribou, and some easy hikes to enjoy.

Click below for my video trip report (youtube). The narration is taken from my trip audio diary, so expect it to be somewhat unpolished.

Thanks to Glen, Wade, Tu Loan, Doug and Joe for the adventure, pictures, and video!

KARVITK 10-19-2019 09:38 PM

You are awesome Steve, Your video is a fine presentation wit so much complete enjoyable content. Love the way you put it together and narrate it.

I can only dream of ever getting up there. Always good to know the Grizzly runs away when he smells Humans.

How do you deal with the bugs.


bluesky 10-20-2019 12:50 AM

Hi Karl, great to hear from you, and thanks for the kind comments. Probably the biggest step to getting this trip to go was to find the right group, and I feel very honoured to have done this trip with such a strong group of great people.

The mosquitos would be very bad when it was warm, and no wind. An original bug shirt is a huge help. Sometimes I would put some deet on my hands. Also, we adapted somewhat, and when the bugs were bad, we got on the water, hiked at full speed, or simply retreated to our tents. To a certain extent , I got used to being bitten and found the bites didn't tend to itch that much. However, I never got used to inhaling them :-)

sidetrip 10-21-2019 09:03 AM

Hey Steve. A very nice looking trip. Would love and hope to do something similar soon. I had Tu Loan training with me on acclimatizing to the bug horde a couple weeks before your epic adventure. We were overnighting on Mt. Currie enroute to the summit. Was torture but we prevailed (:

bluesky 10-21-2019 04:15 PM

Hi Sidetrip, thanks for the comments. Mt Currie? nice! You might check in with Tu Loan about pack rafting; room for more people in our local group :-)

sidetrip 10-21-2019 08:16 PM

That's what she tells me. Actually know or heard of everyone on that crew including yourself. We were on a clubtread hike together in 04 or 05 I think it might have been. Can't recall though what the hike was. All a blur now from back in the good old days.

alpalmer 10-25-2019 12:51 PM

so cool, thanks for sharing this wonderful trip!

CWF 08-18-2021 11:09 AM

Great trip report, bluesky. A friend and I backpacked in from Paulatuk, summer solstice 2006 and I've always wanted to get back there.
La Roncière Falls back then:

It's a jaw dropping landscape for sure. We woke up to caribou surrounding our tent, the clicking of their leg joints, their soft grunting... tons of wildflowers... and blessed solitude. Great memories!

bluesky 08-28-2021 09:05 PM

Thanks for the kind comments on my report. I enjoyed seeing your capture of the Falls from the opposite side. Quite an adventure to backpack it from Paulatuk. The caribou surrounding the tent would be unforgettable. Nicely done!

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