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    Smile Off On another Northern Adventure

    Well I am off on another venture North when I fly on this coming Monday from Yellowknife to Iqaluit (capital of Nunavut) for another mining show in the North. I have been to Iqaluit before, but this time there is something special. There is a large Iron Ore Project being developed south of Pond Inlet (located at the northeastern end of Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic) and the mining company is flying me in next Tuesday to access future Communication Solutions. I have been above the Arctic Circle before, but this will be the highest one for me. It is at 7241' North and 7758' West, 400miles above the Arctic Circle.

    It will preempt the show somewhat for me, but some of my colleagues have agreed to watch the show for a couple of days while I head future north looking for business and do a little sight seeing. I owe them BIG TIME. This is not for everyone, but I just love exploring areas that I have never been before. I have been very fortunate in my career to have explored so much of Canada and other countries. Later.
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    Sounds like fun. If you can, please take some pics,even if it's all white some of us can appreciate that. Oh yeah, have a safe trip.
    I would love to visit way up North one day.

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    Be safe in your Travels bro....

    Enjoy !


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    And just how effing cold will it be up there?
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    Good luck Mike and stay safe! Get us some Northern light pictures. I'd love to go with you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nut View Post
    And just how effing cold will it be up there?
    Not too bad for this time of year. The rule for boarding the aircraft going into the Mine is, "No Arctic Gear, No fly on the plane." Sounds about right to me.



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    Tonight..Clear. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 25. Wind chill minus 29 this evening.
    Thursday..Sunny. High minus 16.
    Thursday night..Clear. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 22. Wind chill minus 30.

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    Friday..Sunny. Low minus 23. High minus 16.
    Saturday..Sunny. Low minus 17. High minus 10.
    Sunday..Sunny. Low minus 19. High minus 15.
    Normals for the period..Low minus 31. High minus 21.

    (Example: -31 degree Celsius = -23.8 degree Fahrenheit)

    I am taking the camera with me Carl so hope to get some decent shots. The sleeping bad is packed so maybe we will get a bright sky for sleeping. :D
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    Right! Too cold for me. Have fun.
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    Stay safe Michael,, have fun and please bring us back some "Tee" shirts,,I'll take a Large,,they shrink,, ya know;):)
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    Have a safe trip bud.

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    Brrr... Have a safe trip. Post pics!

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    you're a crazy f%^ker bro, be safe
    say hi to the eskimo :D
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    Next time that happens, let me know in advance, as I'd like to give you something rare, and Polk related, to bury in the ice.

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    Have a safe, fun trip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dorokusai View Post
    Next time that happens, let me know in advance, as I'd like to give you something rare, and Polk related, to bury in the ice.
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    your going sight seeing in the artic? hmm...........well if you see one of those snow monsters things get me a post card or snap shot, besides that enjoy the ice baby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorokusai View Post
    Next time that happens, let me know in advance, as I'd like to give you something rare, and Polk related, to bury in the ice.
    Just have it ready for me if I make it to Polkfest this year. I will be going back to high Arctic again some day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by reeltrouble1 View Post
    your going sight seeing in the artic? hmm...........well if you see one of those snow monsters things get me a post card or snap shot, besides that enjoy the ice baby.

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    This is the sight seeing I'm talking about. This is were I am going. I'll bring the real thing back.
    My only concern about this trip is hungry Polar Bears.
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    Quote Originally Posted by janmike View Post
    The rule for boarding the aircraft going into the Mine
    Into...must be a hell of a pilot ;)

    Those pictures are AWESOME

    Stay safe....can you carry a weapon while close to the polar bears ? I would HATE to have to kill one, but if its down to either him or you...its not a hard choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by janmike View Post
    My only concern about this trip is hungry Polar Bears.
    Enjoy your trip.

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    Sleeping pad + bright sky + polar bears = bring a large caliber rifle and plenty of ammunition :)
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    Absolutely beautiful! The only thing the landscape needs is thousands of oil drilling rigs.
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    I honestly do not know how you put up with the cold, no FRIGID temperatures. I turn into a wuss when the temp goes below 60. -25? Holy Moly!

    Not for me. Definitely. I hope they pay you well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by treitz3 View Post
    I honestly do not know how you put up with the cold, no FRIGID temperatures. I turn into a wuss when the temp goes below 60. -25? Holy Moly!

    Not for me. Definitely. I hope they pay you well.
    I loathe the heat as much, if not more, than you detest the cold. -25 is not cold. This winter we had -63C (with wind chill), which is -81.4F. Now that's COLD! It's what you are used to.
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    Well, made it back safe and sound from the trip way up North. Absolutely beautiful. I have included a few shots including my overnight accommodations in -30C temp. Yes it was heated, but I shut it off at midnight as it was too darn hot. Another trip is planned for the July timeframe so it will be nice to see the same area in summer conditions. This is what I now consider to be extreme remoteness.
    No Polar Bears, but we were warmed that one had been spotted 2 days before our arrival at camp. As well, we landed in a small community called Clyde River to refuel going back to Iqaluit. We ventured out behind the tiny airport and a local called out to us not to venture too far as we may be part of the lunch menu if not careful.
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    Crazy and cool all at the same time. :)
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