The Climbs - Nunavut:
Barbeau Peak & Ellesmere Island Traverse
2017 ... which means that it's Canada's 150th Birthday!
And, as luck would have it, this is also the Summits of
Canada team's final Canadian highpoint! This year
the team will be tackling Barbeau Peak in Nunavut during
the month of June.
Situated at the tip-top of Canada,
Barbeau is about as remote a location as you can find anywhere
on the planet, let alone in the vast Canadian wilderness.
This 2,616 metre, (8,583 feet)
summit sits stoically in the middle of Ellesmere Island's
Quttinirpaaq National Park and crowns the
northern part of Canada's Arctic Archipelago.
To share in the experience and
to learn about this magnificent and truly unique Canadian
location, indigenous culture and more, take advantage of
CanaTrek's pretrip online & interactive "Exploring
by the Seat of Your Pants" Hangout
Sessions that starts on May 18th.
With an aim to help increase
your geographic knowledge, a number of great Canadian
Geographic lesson plans are also provided.
On top of that, there is also
a fun and exciting CanaTrek
Prayer Flag 150 Contest which students can enter
to share and take part in Canada's 150th celebrations.
Click the links to the
left (or below) for details regarding this year's
climb in another remote and beautiful Canadian landscape
that is rich in arctic flora and fauna (off the ice-cap),
muskox, caribou, arctic hare, arctic fox and wolves that
live amid the mountains, ice-caps and scenic valleys.
the buttons below to view a variety of multi-media items
from the climb and/or related to the climb and the area
This year's adventure learning trip includes an Ellesmere
Island Traverse and Barbeau Peak Summit Expedition, and is scheduled
to take place from:
June 16 - June 29, 2017
|Brian & Laura Friedrich
June 14 - All team members have arrived in Resolute
June 15 - Buffer/preparation day / gear check
June 16 - The team takes flight by ski plane
to the ice cap very close to Barbeau
June 17-20 - Approach and Summit of Barbeau Peak
June 20-29 - Descend from the ice cap and trek
out to Tanquary Fjord or Lake Hazen landing strips (each about
50-60 miles away, mostly on glacier, but some tundra)
June 30 - Flight back to Resolute
July 1 - Flights home from Resolute
As usual, team progress can be viewed
via the Maps
& Route page (for live position tracking)
as well as the Journal
page (for current details and status updates).
About Quttinirpaaq National
The following provides a snapshot of
interesting details regarding Quttinirpaaq National Park and the
iconic landscapes and areas that the Summits of Canada team will
travel through. (Note - information is compliments
of Parks Canada’s Quttinirpaaq Visitor Information Package.)
There are four national parks in Nunavut
representing various examples of Canada’s 39 natural regions
- Quttinirpaaq (Eastern High Arctic), Sirmilik
(Eastern Arctic Lowlands), Ukkusiksalik (Central Tundra) and Auyuittuq
Quttinirpaaq, Inuktitut for
“Land at the Top of the World”, is a vast,
ancient, sprawling landscape in the extreme high Arctic that has
the expected: ice caps enclosing mountains, kilometres thick glaciers,
worn mountains, and sparse tundra. But it also has the unexpected:
the highest mountain in eastern North America (Barbeau Peak) and
a thermal oasis in the Lake Hazen area. Lake Hazen, one of the
largest and deepest lakes in the world above the Arctic Circle,
has remarkably lush vegetation and supports higher densities of
wildlife than the rest of the park.
Located in Canada’s Nunavut
Territory, Quttinirpaaq National Park was established
as a national park reserve in 1988 and was established as an official
national park in 1999. Canada's second largest national park,
Quttinirpaaq, is 37,775 square km in size and is located on Ellesmere
Island, and is on the northern tip of the most northerly piece
of land in North America.
Inuit Culture: Ancient
peoples have a long history on Ellesmere Island, starting with
the arrival of the Palaeo-Eskimos about 4,500 years ago, followed
by the Last Dorset cultures and the Thule people who arrived during
the past thousand years. Archaeological sites give testimony to
the resiliency of these people and their ability to survive in
this extreme northern climate.
Quttinirpaaq National Park is a polar
desert – it is a cold region with little precipitation.
Winters are very cold with some of the lowest temperatures recorded
in Canada. In contrast, summers, though short, can be surprisingly
warm, particularly in the Lake Hazen area. Coastal areas of the
park are generally cooler and receive more precipitation than
the interior. Winds throughout the park tend to be light, except
on the ice caps. There are 24 hours of daylight from May to August
and 24 hours of darkness from November to February.
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