There is a wonderful article in today’s New York Times about Jon Turk and Erik Boomer, who recently became the first to circumnavigate Canada’s Ellesmere Island, roughly 1,000 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Jon Turk, 65, is an author, scientist and veteran adventurer while Erik Boomer is a 26-year-old photographer and whitewater kayaker. Over 104 days, the pair trudged, skied and paddled the rugged and ice-bound 1,500-mile perimeter of the island. In total, they paddled around 650 miles. Turk and Boomer have been nominated for National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year 2012 award.
Odd Couple’s Amazing Trek: 1,500 Arctic Miles by Kayak
In addition to describing the trip, the article includes a number of useful life lessons:
- When a friendly Arctic wolf traipses into camp and wants to hang out, let him sleep where he pleases.
- When a polar bear pokes his nose into the tent, scream to chase him out.
- When visiting a place where the sun never sets, carry more sunscreen.
- To stave off a breaching 3,000-pound walrus from the cockpit of a small sea kayak, use the paddle. Hit him in the face and try to feed him the paddle. Then start paddling.