Past Trips

Since 1987, I have been privileged to guide in many locations, including much of the British Columbia and Alaska Coast, the Sea of Cortez and even Patagonia. During that time, I have guided and instructed for a number of organizations, including the National Outdoor Leadership School, Ecomarine Coastal Kayaking School, Whitney & Smith Legendary Expeditions, Explorers Corner and Black Feather.

In the Arctic, I have guided in Northwest Greenland, Baffin and Bylot Islands, Banks Island, on the mainland Arctic Coast and extensively on Ellesmere Island. I have guided on land, sea, river and ice. A few of the more recent Arctic trips that I have guided include:

Sirmilik National Park

in 2013, we completed a two week backpacking expedition in Sirmilik. Using Pond Inlet as our access point, a marine charter gave us access to Bylot Island. We explored a rugged glaciated arctic landscape, complete with fascinating hoodoo formations. We completed a new route ( to the best of my knowledge it has never done before) that enabled an A to B traverse rather than a round trip.

Ukkusiksalik National Park

in 2014, Ice Blink successfully completed the first commercial trip to the newly created Ukkusiksalik National Park. Located in the northwest corner of Hudson Bay, Ukkusiksalik is a little explored jewel in our parks system. It is very hikable terrain, with intriguing waterfall and river features and a healthy population of Barrenground Caribou. Ukkusiksalik is known as a high density polar bear area, this was successfully risk managed with the use of an inland base camp, 24 hr bear monitor, and an electric fence system.

Aulavik National Park

The Thomsen River on Banks Island is Canada’s most northerly navigable river. In 2014, we completed a descent of the river by open canoe. The Thomsen is a Class 1, non-technical river. Our two week itinerary allowed lots of time for exploring the open terrain and seeking out archaeological remains from the area’s paleo-Inuit history. Banks Island is also home to the world’s largest muskoxen population and we quickly lost count of all the shaggy beasts that we watched and photographed.

Alexandra Fiord

I have had the privilege of visiting the Alexandra Fiord area many times. At 79 degrees north latitude, not only is it the quintessential high arctic sea kayaking trip, it is also dizzyingly remote. Ice conditions only allow paddling in late July and early August. The area is rich with both paleo-Inuit history (dating back up to 4500 years ago) and more recent RCMP sovereignty history. If you are interested in the human history of the Canadian Arctic, this trip is a must do.