This photo album is from Jim and Louise Wholey's recent ski trip to the high arctic with Richard Weber of Canadian Arctic Holidays.
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It is starting to get very scenic.
The scenery is turning spectacular!
The ride is cool, but fortunately not cold!
The sled is badly stuck in broken ice, but the Inuit swiftly free it.
Sam Ford Fiord's amazing cliffs at sunset.
Looking out toward Baffin Bay at sunset from our first camp.
Cliffs above camp.
Skiing along Sam Ford Fiord.
We stop for lunch 4 times a day!
The crux - a pass that may have no snow!
Numerous lake valleys offer fine ski-skating.
Richard shows perfect form on the ice while Zappa takes the snowy route.
Spectacular cliffs border the lake valley.
Snow and ice provide a spectacular backdrop.
The cliffs above us are amazing.
The cliffs are surprisingly smooth and rounded.
The mountains along the next lake are gorgeous.
To get to the sea from the last lake requires crossing this horrible moraine .
We have reached the sea ice and found another beautiful smooth fiord.
Our target for camp is the pointed island in the distance.
Seal hole with a den for the seal pup.
Sillem Island, our planned camp site, is getting closer, but slowly...
We reach the island, but the is no snow for camp. So we continue...
Wow! Camp at last!
Now high above the fiord, we will climb over 1000 feet to cross our second pass, .
This is how we travel with backpacks of personal things and sleds of food and camp equipment.
Zappa, our polar bear dog.
Spectacular scenery on a delightfully warm sunny morning followed a rather wet rest day.
Looking up a side fiord that might have been our route.
Rounding the corner of Livingston Island to camp.
A pretty spectacular start to Mother's Day
View back from well into Icy Arm.
A very broken and still breaking hanging glacier.
The Weber-Aller pass, the crux!
Climbing steep snow.
Bryan carries Jan's sled on a steep icy pitch!
Alas! The going gets easier.
A spectacular cave at the foot of the glacier.
The view from the cave.
Passing the end of the glacier.
Amazing wall of the glacier with many icicles.
Sunset colors on glacier above Couts Bay. Crossing the pass worked!
Spectacular morning on Couts Bay.
Skiers on Couts Bay.
Skiers below cliffs on Couts Bay.
Travelling with a support crew we cover many kilometers
After 80 kilometers across the land and a low pass, we reach Pacquet Bay fiord.
Nature's snow sculptures caused by the tides at the edge of the fiord.
Lutie and his wife on the snowmobile.
Skiers and snowmobile on the last leg of our journey toward Pond Inlet.
This is our group at the end, Pond Inlet!