From Sled Lake to Stark Lake – Northwest Territories, Canada

30th July

First day of canoeing down Snowdrift. Did about ten hours and 32 km. About 10 km down from Eileen river, the water suddenly changed from clear to be full of sediments. On a very specific spot in the middle of the river, sediments were pushed up from underneath, like it was a second water system pushing up from under the bottom of the river, changing the water from crystal clear to light brown.

A small float plane passed over us, and responded to our waving hats by waving back with it’s wings. Felt like the first human contact in weeks, though we never got closer than 300 meters. We passed a moose mother and her one year old offspring. Took some cation since we passed in between them, one on each side of the river banks.

We had earlier shot a couple of duck’s up on Eileen Lake, but they were not very tasty. This day we encountered a family of five canada goose. We kept on pushing them downriver, but finally we bagged one each and put them in a (rype)net to tender for a couple of days.

In a bend, the river had dug out a huge sandy hillside, and I kept on staring on some sticks in the hillside that looked to form letters. I really couldn’t believe my eyes when the word “NORGE” (Norway) suddenly came clear to me. We had been talking to a group of other Norwegians over the web prior to the trip, that also were canoeing down Snowdrift this summer. They obviously had left a greeting for us, and we enjoyed that message very much! Thank you guys!

Sandy islands may look pleasant for camping but really they’re not. Again we camped on sand, and the small grains found their way into every piece of our gear. Sand in your sleeping bag is not desirable. Also needed to be more careful with the camera and electrical equipment, which meant that we could not recharge the batteries.

Greetings from Norway

Greetings from Norway

Caneing Snowdrift

Caneing Snowdrift

Trying the fly rod - no luck... Snowdrift don't offer the best fishing.

Trying the fly rod - no luck... Snowdrift don't offer the best fishing.

3 responses

  1. Øystein

    Heisann, en kompis kom over siden deres ved planleggning til neste års tur…
    Her er “in the making of NORGE” :
    http://kart.gulliksen.org/norge/

    Vi visste at det kom noen Nordmenn bak oss, så vi satset på at noen ville se dette…

    Mvh
    Øystein

    June 8, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    • Haha! Kjempemoro! Det var en “høydare” på turen nedover Snowdrift. Selv om jeg ikke har fått surret meg til å fullføre denne bloggen, så har vi klart å planlegge ny tur. Vi reiser 4 juli til NWT igjen. Denne gangen blir turen noe lengre sør, med bushfly fra Stony Rapids. Flyr nordover inn i NWT, og padler fra Ivanhoe Lake til Rennie Lake.

      Vi traff på den andre gruppen nordmenn da vi kom tilbake til Yellowknife. De var akkurat ferdig med sin Ingstad-ekspedisjon i den østlige delen av Snowdrift. Padlet dere hele veien ned til Lutselk’e eller stoppet dere før strykene?

      Hvor går turen deres neste år? PS – Legg meg til på Facebook, så skal jeg poste SPOT gps meldinger til profilen min under turen: http://www.facebook.com/havardostby

      June 8, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      • Øystein

        Vi padlet hele veien ned til Lutselk’e, ble så klart noen bære etapper, men det var ikke så ille som man skulle tro.

        Hvis du går hit http://kart.gulliksen.org/, og krysser av for canada2 og velger “Topo Canada” så ser du ruta vi fulgte.

        Foreløpig er planen utgangspunkt fra Yellowknife, selve ruta er ikke planlagt enda….

        June 9, 2012 at 1:18 pm

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