AS THE DAYS GET LONGER AND WARMER and the sun shines brighter, the snow slowly fades out of mind, leaving memories of another amazing season of skiing, sledding and riding. Frost-bitten noses turn into suntans; goggles and toques make way for headbands and sunglasses. Spring – known for sun pits, corn snow, and stretchy pants. A time of transformation and celebration.
This past February has seen some of the best conditions for big mountain skiers, snowboarders and sledders in recent memory. We all have enjoyed extended periods of relatively good to very good snow stability. With confidence in the snowpack, and clear weather conditions, big lines with big exposures have been skied hard all over the valley.
Despite the name, there is only a relatively small area in Iceland that is covered in ice. For the most part, the small Island nation is covered with picturesque, lush, and rolling pastures. And being at 64 degrees north latitude, in the summer month Iceland sees almost 24 hours of sunlight a day! Known for its sweaters, volcanoes, and Bjork, I, like most, knew very little about Iceland. It was a comedy of errors as I attempted to navigate through morning rush hour traffic in downtown Reykjavik, having not slept on the red eye flight out of Toronto the night before.
So far, 2013 has offered some amazing outdoor winter fun. Sledders, skiers, and snow riders of all sorts have been flocking to the region to enjoy our snowy playground. If you are in the snow, be in the know. Snow and avalanche safety is paramount for any winter travel into or near avalanche terrain.
The New Year is here, and the fun is just getting started in our backyard winter playground. Whether a skier, snowboarder, or sledder, when venturing into the mountains this winter, snow and avalanche conditions should always be fresh in our minds.
The sun was still bright as we set up camp, under the watchful eyes of near by Muscox. They ran around us to gain the ridge above camp, where they held their position all night. Occasionally giving us a grunt to let us know we were on their turf.
It has been a while, but I’m back! How about an adventure on the World's Largest Uninhabited Island? Um, sure! Devon Island is a remote Island in the Canadian High Arctic. It is primarily covered by ice from the Beltcher Glacier on the East, and the Haughton Impact Crater on the West. The island's landscape is so desolate, it has been used by NASA as the world's best Mars analog site for the practice use of Mars Rovers. Because of the lack of vegetation, extreme weather, and extreme isolation, Devon Island is the largest, uninhabited island in the world.
Ruskay Adventure Blog Entry # 7…Greenland Pack Ice
Well I guess it has been a while since the Ruskay Adventure Blog has been updated. I could make up several excuses, but the main reason is that I have simply been adventuring! I have recently landed back in Fernie, BC after a long and rewarding summer season. The quick stat being 11 trips in 15 weeks! The highlight for me by far was guiding a Sea Kayak Expedition in Greenland.
It is said to be one of the largest still intact eco-systems in the world. The Peel Water Shed in Northern Yukon. This area that, the same size as Scotland, is also some of the wildest rivers. The Wind, Bonnet Plume, and Snake Rivers to name a few. The Bonnet Plume River was designated a Candian Heritage river in 1998, for it's international significance in geology, beauty and recreation.
From The Chillkoot to the Klondike. From Robert Service to Jack London. The Yukon has a rich history of adventure and legend. Sitting in the historic Gold Rush Inn, I excitedly await tomorrow's Float Plane flight into the Yukon Frontier. The Bonnet Plume River has been designated a Canadian Heritage River, for both its natural beauty, wildlife, lore, and challenge. I look forward to sharing with you some of the upcoming adventures in a few short weeks.
Keep the Shiney side up!
There is an old cliche saying when cmping and that is "What ever I have forgotten doesn't matter any more". I usually awkwardly try to make that a joke at the start of a trip. No one on any of my trips really laughs ever. Thats probably because they are overwhelmed with the emotions of starting a long journey. It is one of my favorite times: A beautiful river, a bunch of canoes scattered on the beach, and the sound of the floatplane leaving you behind. At that moment, it actually doesn't matter what you forgot.
The Charts arrived in the mail! I was shocked that my sketchy international cash transaction actually worked! Not only did the Charts get to Canada, they managed to skirt the postal strike! Woop woop! However, the post office still holds many other fun things that I can not get at, like my pay cheques.
Paddled to Wolfe Island yesterday in perfect conditions. The clear and calm water made it easy to spot ship wrecks! Some that I have never been able to find before.
Off to the cottage now for the last weekend before the busy summer...