Give us a background on what your trip to the Canadian Tundra entailed:
This trip was really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It was 42 days of whitewater canoeing in northern Canada with five other paddlers. Each of us had been going on trips like this for the past few years, but this one would be the longest and most intense for each of us. To get there, we drove to the end of the road in Manitoba, hopped on a Twin Otter turboprop and flew into the Northwest Territories. From there, we’d be paddling 600 miles of whitewater, rivers and lakes, into Nunavut, Canada, to the tiny town of Baker Lake at the end of our route.
What gear would you recommend to people making an expedition similar to this?
There’s so much gear that you need for a trip like this, it’s kind of hard to start! I’d say it’s important to bring gear to handle every scenario that you’re going to encounter, or might encounter. For us, that meant sturdy canoes, high-quality paddles (and extra paddles), rugged tents, big and sturdy canoe packs that can hold up and haul all the gear we’d need for that long of a trip, emergency equipment and everything else. The most important part of all that gear though was having the skills, experience and training to use it, and the ability to maintain or repair it in the field; you have to be self-sufficient.