The north wind brings us some reassuring news this week!
As you know, the team recently had some serious equipment problems. The canoes were pretty severely damaged, so the guys had to do a major repair operation on them.
If you are following our newsletters, you know the last one ended on a rather uncertain note about the future of the canoes.
However, good news travels quick, and the repairs are holding up very well. Their DIY repairs are holding up so well that the guys have decided not to look for new boats for the next canoe section.
Jean-François' (the expedition's safety contact) just sent the 200 kg of food to Baker Lake (along with the products for their resupply). At the next resupply, they will simply take the time to further solidify their repairs.
Everything is under control!
In more great news: summer has finally reached our expedition team! The ice is completely melted, the mosquitoes have just appeared (they will soon be legion), it is between 15 and 20 degrees, and the sun is radiant.
The melting had big help from the terrible heatwave that struck the country's west. Thanks to this, the guys were able to avoid most of the flooding, which suddenly broke out on the Back River while they were, as I told you, bypassing certain sections of it.
This saved them from having to deal with the unpredictable breakup of the river. Once the explorers returned to the Back River after bypassing it, they found a majestic, mighty river that forced them, once again, to recline in their smallness as humanoids. They will remember it all their life.
However, they could only enjoy this spectacle for 30 kilometres since they quickly had to take the Montrésor River to continue their journey in the right direction.
It proved to be very technical to navigate, involving many detours, transitions and therefore longer days. They had to be very adaptable to get as much mileage as they wanted on such a funky river.
They are now on the Meadowbank River, where they are catching fish for dinner regularly.
Nicolas, Etienne and Philippe also climbed Meadowbank Mountain, 200 meters high. Now, this is not very high in absolute terms but high for the geography of the territory, which is generally flat.
They found ancient Inuit occupation sites, tent sites, rock circles, and even artifacts on the mountain, including a tool carved from a caribou leg bone.
Of course, they left everything behind and noted the location to share the information with the Inuit communities involved.
With all this, the expedition team will be in Baker Lake, the next supply station, in about 10 days.
Make sure to follow along on our social media accounts, @naakbars to stay up to date with any breaking news and photos from Expedition AKOR. Be sure to read more about the team on our previous Blog Posts.