Auyuittuq National Park Traverse on the Baffin Island, Canada

Auyuittuq National Park is located on eastern Baffin Island between the communities of Pangnirtung and Qikiqtarjuaq.   Our plan was to traverse the Akshayuk Pass, a 97 kilometre traditional Inuit travel corridor that crosses the park. The trail starts at sea level and rises to 420 metres at Summit Lake.  We also intended to explore many glaciers that dominate the park.  

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 In 2003, my first trip to the Canadian Arctic. I met these Inuit who invited me to go seal hunting with them during the Arctic night.

In 2003, my first trip to the Canadian Arctic. I met these Inuit who invited me to go seal hunting with them during the Arctic night.

 The most common backpacking route in the park is known as Akshayuk Pass, and follows the Weasel and Owl rivers via Summit Lake. In 2008, heavy rain and warm weather caused Summit Lake to burst through its banks, flooding the Weasel River and washing away the Windy Lake bridge. As a result, the hiking routes in the pass are limited to either side of the Weasel River.

The most common backpacking route in the park is known as Akshayuk Pass, and follows the Weasel and Owl rivers via Summit Lake. In 2008, heavy rain and warm weather caused Summit Lake to burst through its banks, flooding the Weasel River and washing away the Windy Lake bridge. As a result, the hiking routes in the pass are limited to either side of the Weasel River.

 I was lucky to do this traverse in 2003 as it can not be done any more due to washouts.

I was lucky to do this traverse in 2003 as it can not be done any more due to washouts.

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 An Inuit carver with his creation

An Inuit carver with his creation

 Qikiqtarjuaq; formerly known as Broughton Island until November 1998, is a community located on the island of the same name in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, Canada.

Qikiqtarjuaq; formerly known as Broughton Island until November 1998, is a community located on the island of the same name in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, Canada.

 Qikiqtarjuaq

Qikiqtarjuaq

 Qikiqtarjuaq

Qikiqtarjuaq

 Qikiqtarjuaq - a polar bear hide

Qikiqtarjuaq - a polar bear hide

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 The rugged coast of Baffin Island

The rugged coast of Baffin Island

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 Turner Glacier and Mt. Asgard (shown in the Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me) with an 800 m (2,600 ft) face.

Turner Glacier and Mt. Asgard (shown in the Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me) with an 800 m (2,600 ft) face.

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 Fording the river flowing from the Turner Glacier

Fording the river flowing from the Turner Glacier

 Summit Lake

Summit Lake

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 We had numerous river crossings every day

We had numerous river crossings every day

 In 2008, heavy rain and warm weather caused Summit Lake to burst through its banks, flooding the Weasel River and washing away the Windy Lake bridge.

In 2008, heavy rain and warm weather caused Summit Lake to burst through its banks, flooding the Weasel River and washing away the Windy Lake bridge.

 Mt. Thor in the distance.

Mt. Thor in the distance.

 Mt. Thor's 1250m face

Mt. Thor's 1250m face

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 Mt. Thor

Mt. Thor

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