From the Atlantic to the Pacific, the Northwest Passage
A brief explanation…
In Modern times, the Northwest passage was initially conquered by the Norwegian explorer, Roald Amundsen in 1906.
The Amundsen Route (1903 – 1906)
The routes vary, depending on the ice movements
A new scenery brought about by Global warming
Important economic stakes
CAUTION - THE DISPLAYED ROUTE MAP ABOVE IS NOT OPTIMUM - A BETTER ROUTE EXIST. GOOGLE PEEL SOUND, FRANKLIN STRAIT, FORT ROSS, BELLOT STRAIT AND POND INLET.
BETTER ROUTES MAP (CLICK TO ENLARGE)
Originally designed for hunting
It makes it possible today to navigate along the coast
30 kilometers a day, and 300 kilos maximum charge
Stability or performance: which of both to choose?
Grand Narak : A strong one that can be fully dismantled
Nothing to complain about, it’s running smoothly on all aspects: the raised ergonomic seat is as comfortable as my living room furniture. The improvements to the rudder blade is simple and effective and to my expectations. The “Select” paddle is more comfortable, improves performance and truly a pleasure to be on the water in spite of true Breton weather conditions.
Observing plankton under extreme conditions
Plankton: the world’s lung
Plankton life in the Arctic Ocean
Arctic plankton during the summer
What happens in winter
Life on the iceberg
As for today, “Babouche” a small catamaran built with skates that allowed easy gliding on the ice is the only one which went across the Northwest passage in one season and without using its engine. Anne will use kites as wind will allow.
“It will depend greatly on ice conditions, let us hope it will let me go through”.
The impossible is what takes a little longer
The difficult is what can be done immediately. The impossible is what takes a little longer. (George Santayana)
Winter has left, what could be considered in Brittany as Spring, and putting the clocks forward have a positive aspect: ocean outings are longer as the Sun sets later.
That being said, at three months before the launch of the Arctic voyage, financial requirements are far from complete. Over the past few weeks I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the alternatives allowed. I could modify my program or adapt it. I felt that a combination of both would allow me to limit the compromise especially to remain docked, awaiting the disappearance of the ice.
The Arctic Passage will have to accommodate itself to the economic conditions and rather than write the resumé in one fell swoop, it will be spread over two years.
Next summer, will therefore be the occasion for a first try-out from Pond Inlet, north of Baffin Island which will allow me another year to prepare for the great excursion.
The pace is steady, the kayak is available but there are kilometers of lists that yet have to be completed. The details take-up most of the time. I’ll fill you in in a short while
Stay tuned... this is going to be an epic Northwest Passage Expedition...