High Arctic - Bylot Island Sermilik National Park Exploration

Sermilik National Park is located at the northern end of the Baffin Island and on the Bylot Island amid an expansive landscape of glaciers and mountains rising from iceberg-dotted waters of the Arctic Ocean.  Sermilik means the ‘place of glaciers’ in Inuktitut.  Vast glaciers flow from an ice cap located in the middle of Bylot Island into nearby Eclipse Sound.  Our goal was to climb Mt. Thule and some other unclimbed peaks along the Simirlik Glacier and to explore the Bylot Island's vast glacier system.  Our group consisted of David Holberton, David Reed and me.  We hired Shaty, and Inuk from Pond Inlet, to take us across the Eclipse Sound.  

 Pond Inlet on the north side of the Baffin Island

Pond Inlet on the north side of the Baffin Island

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 Pond Inlet with the Bylot Island in the distance - our destination

Pond Inlet with the Bylot Island in the distance - our destination

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 Pond Inlet

Pond Inlet

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 Leaving Pond Inlet for our Bylot Island exploration

Leaving Pond Inlet for our Bylot Island exploration

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 Landing on Bylot Island

Landing on Bylot Island

 Sorting our food for the next two weeks

Sorting our food for the next two weeks

 We decided to follow the Sermilik Glacier and climb the highest unnamed mountain on the horizon.  We were probably the first people that climbed it.  

We decided to follow the Sermilik Glacier and climb the highest unnamed mountain on the horizon.  We were probably the first people that climbed it.  

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 Massive glaciers and unclimbed peaks

Massive glaciers and unclimbed peaks

 Our objective is now directly ahead

Our objective is now directly ahead

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 Photo by David Holberton

Photo by David Holberton

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 We crossed an unnamed mountain pass to access a large glacier system

We crossed an unnamed mountain pass to access a large glacier system

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 Glacier rivers

Glacier rivers

 Glacier rivers- deadly if you fall in

Glacier rivers- deadly if you fall in

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 Massive Sermilik Glacier flowing from the centre of the island

Massive Sermilik Glacier flowing from the centre of the island

 Sermilik Glacier

Sermilik Glacier

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 A large river flowing into the Arctic Ocean from the massive Sermilik glacier 

A large river flowing into the Arctic Ocean from the massive Sermilik glacier 

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 Preparing to ford a river

Preparing to ford a river

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 Eclipse Sound 

Eclipse Sound 

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 Pond Inlet

Pond Inlet

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 Canadian Army in the North in Pond Inlet.  They get a cool looking t-shirt and maybe a gun.  

Canadian Army in the North in Pond Inlet.  They get a cool looking t-shirt and maybe a gun.