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The Far North Symposium    Saturday March 30, 2019

                                                        8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Far North Symposium details are coming together! The list below tells about five presentations that have been put together to share with you. Note that the times are not yet assigned. Also, at least one more presentation will be added. Please be patient! you will get a notice when the new information is available.

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                             Updated 03/20/2019                                     
    The Far North Symposium
March 30, 2019

A twenty minute update of what's new with transponders. Spots, InReach, and others keep evolving, bringing more improvements. In this brief update, you will learn, as a wilderness traveler, how affects you any where on the globe.
Andy Jenks 


Wilderness Medicine+
A Bit of Wilderness medicine (and some prevention)

Wilderness medicine has become its own specialty. And its professionals sitting around campfires are deciding which skills to teach in basic Wilderness First Aid and advanced courses. This talk will provide a sampling of this content and related issues with an opportunity for questions at the end.
Dr. Dick Shank, MD
Dr. Chuck Rose, PhD*,
Water Resources, Environmental Science
St. Cloud State University
 *not a "real doctor" 


CANOES A Natural History in North America

 Ancient records of canoes are found from the Pacific Northwest to the coast of Maine, in Minnesota and Mexico, in the Southeast and across the Caribbean. And if a native of those distant times might encounter a canoe of our day— whether birch bark, dugout, or a modern marvel made of carbon fiber—it would be instantly recognizable. This is the story of that singular American artifact, so little changed over time: of canoes, old and new, the people who made them and the labors and adventures they shared. With features of technology, industry, art, and survival, the canoe carries us deep into the natural and cultural history of North America. 

Co-author Mark Neuzil will share his writings and research.


Adventures in Wabakimi, Ontario

Essentially, our trip was a fly-in with a combination of river and large lake travel (both up and down stream), about 160 miles over 12 days, with a strong emphasis on cultural heritage, from the decaying Wendell Beckwith "Center of the Universe" homestead to the incredible pictographs of Cliff Lake, purported to be the highest concentration of rock art in Canada. One topic we found ourselves discussing over the course of the trip was preservation of cultural heritage vs. letting it fade into the landscape.

Nate Ptacek, Nick Brady, Ali Carolan, Andrew Vavra


Kellett River, 68 degrees North, Nunavut

A very experienced arctic traveler here is what keeps Lee Sessions going north:

….it’s been all about exploring the free flowing rivers of the open tundra in the Canadian Arctic, their natural and human history, and the feeling of adventure we have as we discover places that are new to us, and introduce them to others. Together we can come to appreciate the vastness of wild places that still exist on our small planet, traveling along the waterways leading to the sea. In a journey outward to the furthest reaches of nowhere, in a land of only water and sky, we find beauty and peace. And we wonder at how we got there, let alone how native people and earlier explorers got there. And we wonder how and if we will get home. Then, when we are finally do go home, we find that we are enriched by the experience in unexpected ways. Physically, it is more than aches and muscle pains, sunburn and the symptoms of hard work. Mentally, we are tuned in to the wind, the weather, the stillness, and where we might be on the map. The day is what matters, and our focus is on where we are, and how the next set of rapids will challenge us or amuse us. Having time each summer to travel at a slower pace, by our own efforts, allows time for reflection, and enriches the soul. Then back to work, and planning the next trip! Due to a work issue Lee Sessions will not be present. Please welcome:
 Kate Ellis and Mike Brumbaugh


Bloodvein River, Manitoba:

Canoe Trips at 7 Months Pregnant and with a Newborn

Claire and husband Bear Paulsen paddled 260 miles in 17 days on the Bloodvein River in Ontario and Manitoba, while she was 7 months pregnant. Then, after welcoming their son, Dashwa, in September, they headed for the BWCA in October, spending 18 days introducing him to the wilderness. Both seasoned outdoor travelers, they adapted both their gear and expectations so they could thrive in their outdoor adventures together.
Claire Porter and Bear Paulsen


From Baker Lake settlement to Rankin Inlet, Nunavut

In the summer of 2018, Brian and I began a paddling trip on Parker Lake. This lake is only about 53 miles from the community of Baker Lake, and about 11 miles as the crow flies off the Kazan River. We connected an eastward ranging route of larger named lakes with unnamed rivers and portages over three heights of land, to end in the community of Rankin Inlet. The route was reminiscent of sections of the Kazan River, with abundant old Inuit camps and inukshuks. We found inukshuks marking the way over the heights of land and a few winter cabins as we traveled. Otherwise, we had the route to ourselves. We aren't aware of other paddlers going this way previously. The road network around Rankin Inlet is expanding. This allowed us to be picked up at a river access a few miles out of town and avoid paddling Hudson Bay.  

Jim Gallagher/Brian Johnston

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