American professional white water paddler Erik Boomer, and Canadian polar adventurer Sarah McNair-Landry have recently completed a grueling 65-day expedition across Baffin Island, covering over a 1000 km by kayak, ski and foot.
Avoiding crevasses to cross the largest Icecap on Baffin Island, Boomer, Sarah and two friends descended into the Akshayuk Pass. Here, Boomer did a first descent of the Weasel River, a class V glacier fed river surrounded by some of the world’s tallest cliffs. This was only the first week of a two-month expedition. At the ocean the team picked up their traditional Inuit style kayaks that they hand built themselves, and followed old traditional Inuit routes across Baffin. Tidal rapids, portages, snowstorms and polar bears were a few of the many challenges along the way.
Boomer and Sarah will talk about this expedition and their past adventures which have led them here.
Expedition website: www.pittarak.com
A professional whitewater kayaker and photographer, specializing in kayaking some of the world’s toughest rivers, he has many first descents to his name. In 2011, he became the first to circumnavigate Ellesmere Island on a 100-day ski and sea kayak expedition, which earned him a nomination for National Geographic’s “Adventurer of the Year” award. Recently, he was featured as an athlete on the BBC’s hit television show “Top Gear”.
A published photographer, his work has appeared in, amongst others: Outside magazine, The New York Times, and Macleans magazine. In 2010, his photograph became a finalist in the Red Bull Illume competition.
Sarah grew up with the Arctic Ocean and a team of dogs in her backyard. No stranger to the cold, she is the youngest person travel to both the North and South Pole, has traversed the Greenland Ice Cap five times, has ventured into the Gobi desert, has guided an expedition to both the South and North Pole, and recently kite skied 3,300 km retracing the Northwest Passage. In 2007 along with her older brother and teammate Eric, she was nominated for National Geographic’s prestigious “Adventurer of the Year” award and named one of the “Top Ten Women in Adventure” by National Geographic Adventure