From the Horton River in the western Arctic, Gary and two
huskies successfully completed a 400 mile coastal route east
into Nunavut to the central Arctic community of Kugluktuk
(Coppermine). Using the only maps available, those drawn up
from aerial photographs taken 43 years ago, they set foot
on terrain few, if any, people have seen since the ancient
nomadic Inuit followed the migratory pattern of the caribou.
The caribou was the Inuit’s staple source for survival.
It provided meat to eat and hides for clothing or skins for
Gary’s journey was similar to the way
ancient Inuit travelled throughout the Arctic summers. His
pack contained supplies and the dogs (Pingo and Hansel) carried
their own food. The dogs also acted as a vital deterrent against
predatory grizzly bears. The Inuit continue to fear grizzlies
more than polar bears. Their ferocity is legendary.
What follows were transcribed details from
Gary’s incoming satellite phone conversations during