After a quick lunch today I headed over to the Pang Harbour…even though the mosquitoes made me want to scream. I wanted to head down to meet the
Pittarak team: Sarah and Eric McNair-Landry, Katherine Breen and Erik Boomer. These FOUR awesome adventures were getting ready to head out in their traditional made kayaks on an epic 60 day trek!
Today just around 1pm the Group took off from Pangnirtung Harbour in the traditional Baffin-style Kayaks. These are Kayaks that the adventures made themselves. Pretty awesome!
They are on their way to Cape Dorset and expect to arrive sometime mid- September. They will follow traditional hunting routes linking lakes and rivers through the interior of Baffin Island. (They already have achieved the first part of the trip from Qikiqtarjuaq to Pang through Auyuittuq National Park!)
About the Expedition (from the website)
“Qajaqtuqtut” is an expedition that combines history, culture, and adventure. Our team; Erik Boomer, Katherine Breen, and Eric and Sarah McNair-Landry will build traditional Inuit kayaks, and put them to the test on a two month long expedition.
“Qajaqtuqtut” is an Inuit word, meaning they kayak. Kayaking traditions in northern Canada, extend back over 4,000 years, but have been in serious decline during the past century. Our aim is to learn and document the skills of traditional kayak building in the hopes of aiding the revival of this diminishing tradition. Working closely with young people in Nunavut, we will handcraft our kayaks in an open forum allowing for interactive workshops and hands-on learning for the local community.
Once our kayaks are constructed, the adventure will begin. We will put our newly built boats to the test and embark on a 1,000 km journey across the 5th largest island in the world; Baffin. Setting out in 24 hour sunlight from Qikiqtarjuaq we will travel through Auyuittuq National Park, home of the worlds tallest uninterrupted cliff face. From here, our team will follow traditional hunting routes linking lakes and wild rivers through the interior of Baffin Island leading us back to the Arctic Ocean, and eventually to the small hamlet of Cape Dorset.
Shifting sea ice, tides, polar bears, and the harsh arctic environment will put our team and our handcrafted traditional kayaks to the ultimate test.’
Sarah, Katherine, Eric and Erik I wish you all the best as you start on this epic trip! I can’t wait to see photos and hear stories from the rest of your journey!
If you want to know more about the this epic trip… check out their website!