Sunday, March 24, 2013

THE LAST FIRST - Not a Northwest Passage and why

UPDATE - 20130415

ExWeb interview with Kevin Vallely, the Northwest Passage, the iconic crux to the northern sea route
Posted: Apr 15, 2013 09:42 am EDT
(Correne Coetzer Update Apr 16, 2013 01:12 pm EDT) Already 15 years ago the seed for a traverse of a part of the Northwest Passage under human power in a single season was planted in Kevin's mind, by none other than Jerome Truran, one of the world’s top downriver paddlers in the 80’s.

In July Kevin Vallely, Paul Gleeson, Frank Wolf, Denis Barnett and their rowboat are off to Northern Canada to attempt a traverse of the Northwest Passage [Ed note update Apr 16, 2013 01:12 pm: from EDT from Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, to Pond Inlet, Nunavut] under human power in a single season; which has never been done before.
http://www.explorersweb.com/oceans/news.php?id=21396

ExplorersWeb isn't fooled - they know that the Northwest Passage is over 3600 miles long and Kevin Fallely only intends to do less than 1500 miles between Tuktoyaktuk and Pond Inlet.



A Northwest Passage is from one Arctic Circle to the other Arctic Circle (Atlantic Ocean to Pacific Ocean or vice versa - East to West or West to East)

“A sea route across the Arctic from the Atlantic Ocean Arctic Circle to the Pacific Ocean Arctic Circle (Latitude 66.5622°N)” (About 3600 miles depending on route)



IS THIS A NORTHWEST PASSAGE?  

"On July 1st, 2013 four modern-day explorers hope to become the first team to ever row the Northwest Passage in a single season – one of the Earth’s last great firsts.n July 1st, 2013 four modern-day explorers hope to become the first team to ever row the Northwest Passage in a single season – one of the Earth’s last great firsts."

WHERE ARE THE ARCTIC CIRCLES?


“A sea route across the Arctic from the Atlantic Ocean Arctic Circle to the Pacific Ocean Arctic Circle (Latitude 66.5622°N)”

SO LETS CALL IT WHAT IT IS... AN ARCTIC PASSAGE ROWING 1500 MILES  BETWEEN POND INLET AND TUKTOYAKTUK.

See - http://www.thelastfirst.com/The_Last_First/Route.html

Video url: http://youtu.be/fMcuJWkXsI8

Website: http://www.thelastfirst.com/The_Last_First/Welcome.html




SORRY - BUT THE EDUCATED WILL NOT ALLOW THE ILLITERATE TO BAMBOOZLE THE NAIVE PUBLIC.

EITHER REALLY DO THE 3600 MILE NORTHWEST PASSAGE ELSE CHANGE YOUR STORY - YOU ARE ATTEMPTING TO ROW 1500 MILES BETWEEN POND INLET AND TUKTOYAKTUK.
  
JUST TELL THE TRUTH!


FYI - Collins Dictionary - Northwest Passage
http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/northwest-passage

noun

  1. the passage by sea from the Atlantic to the Pacific along the N coast of America: attempted for over 300 years by Europeans seeking a short route to the Far East, before being successfully navigated by Amundsen (1903–06)

Northwest Passage

noun
a ship route along the Arctic coast of Canada and Alaska, joining the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
Origin: 
1545–55



Definition of Northwest Passage 
a sea passage along the northern coast of the North American continent, through the Canadian Arctic from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. It was sought for many years as a possible trade route by explorers that included Sebastian Cabot, Sir Francis Drake, and Martin Frobisher; it was first navigated 1903–06 by Roald Amundsen.

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Northwest+Passage

Northwest Passage
A water route from the Atlantic to the Pacific through the Arctic Archipelago of northern Canada and along the northern coast of Alaska. Sought by navigators since the 16th century, the existence of such a route was proved in the early 19th century, but the passage was not traversed until the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen led an expedition across it in 1903 to 1906. The ice-breaking tanker Manhattan was the first commercial ship to cross the passage (1969), after the discovery of oil in northern Alaska.



2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I support your request for the truth - just tell it the way it is - you sure learn alot about someone from the way they present them-self. I'll be following to see what Mr. Vallely does and be glad to voice my opinion along with you should he continue to misrepresent his route.

Captain on GREY GOOSE said...

Thanks for your comment and support - I believe that karma will straighten this matter out - we all know what the Northwest Passage is... and undoubtedly this "Vallely" character is trying to put a feather in his CV cap by saying he is rowing it... we know he is not rowing from Davis Strait to Bering Strait so its NOT the Northwest Passage... stay tuned in 2013... I'm sure its going to be an interesting Arctic row adventure that he will never forget. Much like the all-star rowers of Arcticrow.com in 2012, three had MBAs, but forgot spare batteries for their SPOT GPS tracking beacon, they though they could row from Canada's MacKenzie River over Arctic Alaska then through the Bering Strait across to Russia - this would of been a first for mankind - a Guinness Book World Record but as mother nature does so many times, she said NOT THIS YEAR! This all-star team was forced to call the end of the road after 41 days in Point Hope, Alaska. Which goes to say - it was not education or effort but circumstances beyond their endurance which forced them to stop rather than risk limb and life. We are talking about crossing the Bering Sea between Alaska and Russia.

Will TheLastFirst rowers reach their Pond Inlet destination unassisted? Unlikely, but I wish them well. While they are not rowing the Northwest Passage - they are rowing between Tuktoyaktuk (MacKenzie River) and Pond Inlet. My hat goes off to them! God Speed.

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