By Karen McColl Moments after awkwardly dragging my plastic orange “expedition” sled through the maze of jumbled pack ice and onto shore at the Itijjagiaq...
Before the expedition, I wondered how a 24-year-old would handle man hauling. Arctic travel requires patience and doggedness, not adrenalin.
For as long as I remember I’ve wanted to go to the High Arctic. The urge likely latent in the Murphy family DNA, I suppose. So Spring 2011 we began researching our journey.
Major effects of climate change in Canada’s Arctic are prominently featured in national news coverage. Recently, stories have surfaced about the pending disintegration of winter roads and the growing ozone hole hovering over Arctic land. The ongoing saga of the government’s plans to develop future oil and gas deposits also appears below headlines.