High Arctic adventure: two pensioners complete the first end-to-end ski traverse of Canada’s Axel Heiberg Island . . . the world’s largest island north of 78º.
Veteran arctic adventurer John Dunn is back at artsPlace to share stories, images and video from his team’s pioneering 60 day, 900 km skiing expedition on Ellesmere Island’s lesser known neighbour Axel Heiberg. The “Double Axel” of the title comes from the expedition goal of attempting a double traverse: something akin to climbing a mountain and returning to the start. Throughout May and June, as winter gave way to full summer, John and his equally veteran teammate Graeme Magor forged an interesting and varied route across the island’s challenging landscape.