Today’s photos document the adventure travel of my friend Anne-Marie, who lives in Montreal. When I visited her and her husband a few years ago, besides showing me great hospitality, she recounted the years when she was an adventure guide, including leading clients on multi-week trips in the Arctic, dragging all their stuff with them. Today she sends some pictures and captions of two of her adventures. (Click on photos to enlarge them.)
OF SAND AND SNOW
Some souvenirs from past trips in far away places.
The pictures cover two trips on which I had the privilege of guiding adventure-hungry customers: the first one, in Morocco (trekking from one casbah to the other) and the second, on Baffin Island (Canada), a 225 km snowshoeing trek in full autonomy (carrying everything we needed). I have chosen these pictures mainly because of the light, which I remember as being extraordinary.
Moon setting down at the end of a long day in the Draa Valley.
Same valley, very early in the morning:
Another night-time picture, this time in the Jbel Saghro mountain range.
The second picture set is taken from the 3-week trek through Auyuittuq National Park (Baffin). This was a physically and psychologically demanding adventure during which I initiated six untried customers to the rigours of winter conditions above the Arctic Circle.
Daylight picture taken during a very windy day!
The next two pictures display the main and only transportation method for our equipment: human-powered—no gas engine!
One of our campsites, in a typical setting:
First thing in the morning: greeting clients with a good cup of coffee. Do not get fooled by my bare hands: the temperature was around -18C, and opening a Ziploc bag with gloves was almost impossible! The small cook-tent helped keep my hands warm while preparing the meals.