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March 24, 2020

Moving Forward to 2021

The March 28, 2020 far North Symposium like many events has been seriously affected by the Covid 19 virus. The event has been cancelled with no makeup for 2020. All of the presenters will be offered the right of first refusal for 2021. We are hoping all will be available to return and present the program we had listed.

St. Louis park Rec center replied today to my inquiry and we are set for March 20, 2021. Easter is early in 2021 occurring on April 4.  March 27 would be the weekend before Easter and I though that might be a bad choice. They are moving the paid rental to 2021 which I feel is a good idea.

 Bob O’Hara, event coordinator

Minnesota Canoe Association

Far North Symposium 2020

Saturday March 28th

St. Louis Park Recreation Center

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Doors open by 8:30 a.m.

Program overview, 7 presentations, alphabetical order — time schedule available closer to March 28

Cooke, Dan

 Travel to Antarctica (the Far South)

Follow Dan Cooke as he crosses the infamous Drake Passage, having some of the roughest ocean, by sailboat. Next, kayak in a Volcano Caldera that was active in the 1960s. On to Antarctica Peninsula to kayak along the coast, day hikes to overlooks on glacier peaks, and camping on snowfields. See and experience the icebergs, penguins, whales, and seals.

Fish, Vern

Vern Fish, Friend of Wabakimi President, would like to update everyone on what is happening in the park and to share with you a unique trip on the Greenmantle River. The Greenmantle River is in the far corner of the park.

Gallagher, Jim and Brian Johnston

West Branch of  Quoich River and the Ketyet River to Baker Lake, Nunavut, July 2019

A first descent, crossing a height of land, challenging rapids, high water, human error (who? us?), and commercial air travel delays accented our 2019 trip in the central Arctic in the Nunavut Territory.Starting at Snow Bunting Lake, we paddled marathon distances down the west branch of the Quoich River. Ten days in, we portaged into the unknown Ketyet River. Our exploratory route took us through jagged headwater ponds, and down long finger lakes banked by tight contour lines. We were challenged by steep rapids on the Ketyet, shown as dozens of tightly spaced rapid bars on our maps. On Baker Lake, we paddled surprisingly placid waters back to our starting point at the community of Baker Lake.

O’Hara, Bob and Dave Burkhart

Bob and Dave will present, including the worst winds ever experienced on the tundra. The Kokolik River is a stream, 200 miles long, in the western North Slope Alaska. It rises in the De Long Mountains of the western Brooks Range and flows generally north and northwest into the Kasegaluk Lagoon. The river mouth is 1 mile east of Point Lay, on the Chukchi Sea of the Arctic Ocean. Fly in is from Kotzebue, Alaska in small Cessna planes. Lots of class one rapids, riffles, and tundra.

Baby to the Bay:

Bear Paulsen, Claire Porter and their nine-month-old son Dashwa paddled the Hayes River from Sea River Falls to York Factory. They balanced the 21 day, 385-mile trip around nap schedules and diaper changes.

Nate Ptacek presentsPhotography and Filmmaking by Canoe

Nate is an accomplish paddler and photographer. He works for Patagonia in their video productions. Nat has paddled the Noatak and Colville Rivers in Alaskan expeditions, many trips to BWCA and Wabakimi. This year he took a fast ride down the Smith River with class 2 and 3 rapids in an open canoe while the rest of the group used rafts. Nate will focus on tips for all paddlers on phones, waterproof point and shoot, mid-range SLR’s, and cameras with limited lens choices. For serious photo folks, he will give tips on using tripods, good cameras, and specialized lenses.

Smith, Kirby

Inspired by his youthful love of Jack London stories, a Minnesotan seizes a moment to paddle Canada's wild Yukon Territory. Join with Kirby Smith on his solo 477-mile journey beginning on the Teslin River to the Yukon River and down to Dawson City. Kirby’s comments on such travel:  “This canoe trip was special. I was mostly alone for a month, and it is possible that my biggest discovery was to simply find myself. In the end, as always, I really don’t know what I was looking for, but I always seem to find it.”