Invite to join SISKA on Nov 25

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    Debra Merchant

    SKABC members are invited to join SISKA (South Island Sea Kayaking Association) for the November 25th meeting and presentation by Dwayne Wohlgemuth. This Thursday at 7pm on ZOOM! See below for link.

    The November 25th (7pm Thursday) SISKA monthly meeting will have Dwayne Wohlgemuth sharing the story of hiking the world’s longest Esker. What is an Esker; it is a long ridge of gravel and other sediment, typically having a winding course, deposited by meltwater from a retreating glacier or ice sheet.

    In 2020, Dwayne Wohlgemuth spent 40 days alone hiking across some of the most remote tundra in Canada with a goal to hike the entire length of the Thelon Esker. His expedition was chosen as the Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s Expedition of the Year. He filmed along the way and a movie of his trip, titled The High Road, was selected for the Banff Mountain Film Festival’s 2021 world tour. The route crosses numerous well-known rivers including the Thelon, Hanbury, Back, and Coppermine Rivers. All those days of bugs, bogs, rocky esker, windy water crossings, and grizzlies were worth it for the epic esker scenery and the views from the top of a 60-metre-tall esker.

    Dwayne grew up on a farm in northern Alberta and after an engineering degree at the University of Alberta and a couple years travelling and learning French and Spanish, he moved to the Northwest Territories in 2006. He realized that the wilderness around Yellowknife was most accessible by canoe, and immediately bought a new canoe. He has completed many multi-month canoe trips since then, first with his spouse Leanne and more recently with two young sons as well. He and his spouse Leanne have also done a couple long hikes including a 480-km hike on the Arctic Coast from Kugluktuk, Nunavut to Paulatuk in the NWT, and the 350-kilometre Canol Trail in the NWT’s Mackenzie Mountains.

    Zoom Meeting Info

    Meeting ID: 825 2386 8776

    Passcode: 481301

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