Canning River

The first trip I guided this summer was a rafting trip for Arctic Wild down the Canning River to the Arctic Ocean. It was a group of enthusiastic friends, that really wanted to see and explore the arctic, which made it lots of fun.

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A day hike near the headwaters brought us to this amazing viewpoint.

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The flowers was putting on amazing displays everywhere and growing fast in the brief arctic summer. One of the most spectacular sights though was huge fields of cotton grass.

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A short but challenging day hike took us into this amazing slot canyon. Ice cold waist deep water was a challenge, but by raising the ISO and braising myself against the rock wall I got a few sharp pictures. Next time, I’ll bring a dry suit and tripod so I can spend more time photographing this amazing location.

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Another highlight was encountering a herd of 14 muskoxen. This might be all that remains of the herd in the Eastern Brooks Range. Rumors has it that nobody had seen the herd for the past 5 years. If you look closely the muskoxen looks a little fuzzy, due to a huge swarm of mosquitoes that was surrounding them and soon me too.

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Our trip ended with a hike the last few miles to the arctic coast. There was some pieces of ice floating along the coast, but no signs of the true pack-ice. The disappearing of the pack ice is increasing the fetch along this coastline, causing more wave action and erosion.

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