Image of a previous circumski of Mt. Logan by Pat Morrow.
courtesy Pat Morrow / Jerry Kobalenko, SOURCE
Heads up: Circumski Mount Logan
Posted: May 15, 2013 04:25 am EDT
(Newsdesk) On May 15th Canadians Jerry Kobalenko, Glen Crawford and Jerry Auld are off to Kluane National Park in the Yukon to ski 250 km around Mount Logan, reported Jerry to ExplorersWeb. "Nothing pioneering," he said, "since the 1970s, it's done about once every two years. Neat little sledding trip, done entirely on glaciers."
The team's route runs from 5,000 to about 10,000 feet and apart from skiing and pulling sleds they have to take ropes and climbing harnesses. The plan is to do the route in two and a half weeks, weather and snow permitting. They expect minimum temperatures of -17°C (0°F).
Jerry Kobalenko has been venturing into the Arctic since 1984 when he manhauled 600 kilometers alone across Labrador in midwinter. After Labrador awakened his northern passions, the writer and photographer traveled Ellesmere and Axel Heiberg Islands for the next 15 years, putting in 1000s of kilometers by foot, manhauling and kayaking. He has written 2 books on Ellesmere Island and done 30 expeditions there.
In the last few years, Jerry has returned to his first love, Labrador. He has kayaked the entire coast of Labrador, and 20 years after his first expedition, he redid his original route to see how age balances experience. He finished a week faster this time. In 2012 Jerry took 24-year-old Inuit, Noah Nochasak, on a 550km sledge-haul expedition in Labrador and Quebec.
Jerry specializes in journeys between 500 and 800 km. He describes himself as "a mediocre downhiller and more or less a non-climber", and has done 17 sledding expeditions longer than this one, while they've never sledded and this is their longest journey -- so ours will be a mix of skills.
Jerry's team mates are local ski mountaineers Glen Crawford and Jerry Auld. Glen's a full-time videographer; among many other projects, he filmed the Discovery Channel/Canadian Geographic Television documentary based on Jerry's book, The Horizontal Everest. Jerry Auld, whose idea this trip was, is a programmer and writer of mountain fiction. Both are serious ski mountaineers, but have never sledge-hauled before, so this expedition will be "a mix of skills" said Jerry.
Mount Logan is believed to have the largest base circumference of any non-volcanic mountain on Earth and is the highest mountain in Canada (5,959m / 19,551 ft).
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