September 9th, 2013
We just received this update from the Pittarak team. Their current expedition, “Qajaqtuqtut”, is a two month, 1,000 mile journey in traditional, hand built Inuit kayaks.
Just wanted to send you a quick note from the field to let you know that we are doing well and enjoying the awesome tents. We have just passed our food cache (which we dropped off ourselves last winter by snow machine), which marked just over the half way point of our expedition. So far this expedition has exceeded our expectations in many ways. After a successful crossing of the Penny Ice Cap and Auyuittuq Park, we picked up our hand made kayaks and headed out on the next section of the expedition. The strong winds, weather and tides tested our boats in Cumberland Sound. Following an ancient portage route, we turned inland to Nettiling Lake. Timing was key as we paddled through notorious tidal rapids, then portaged our boats from lake to lake to reach to waters of Nettiling, the world's largest inland lake on an island. Sixty kilometres of upstream paddling, lining and gruelling portages up the Amadjuak River led us to Amadjuak Lake. Snow storms combined with cold north winds remind us that winter is just around the corner. From here we will continue to portage and paddle our way back to the ocean. Following the coastline, we will turn west for Cape Dorset before the ocean starts to freeze.
Kate, Eric, Boomer and Sarah