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Maine Teens Present Baffin Island Slide Show at Bowdoin College

Story posted February 15, 1999


Feb. 3, 1999, BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Three Maine teens who traversed Auyuittuq National Park on northern Canada's Baffin Island this summer will present a slide show and discussion of their adventure at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall on the Bowdoin campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The teenagers, Dylan, Tristan and Hope Jackson of Green Island, Maine, now 18, 16 and 13 years old respectively, won the 1998 "Outside Magazine" Adventure Grant for proposing to make the trek and interview young Inuit about how they manage in such a harsh land and what they think of having much of Canada's Northwest Territory returned to Inuit control in 1999. The new territory will be called Nunavut.

Auyuittuq National Park encompasses incredible terrain, including the Penny Ice Cap, the 1800-foot Shwartzenbach Falls and several peaks sporting mile-high vertical rock faces. Their trek took the hikers up the Akshayuk Pass to Summit Lake and back down the Owl River to Broughton Island. Covering 60 miles, some of it several times as they incrementally moved their supplies ahead of them, the Jacksons became intimate with the land and its people. They will share their five-week odyssey in an evening of slides and verbal descriptions unique to the perception of a young adventurer.

The Jacksons landed in Iqaluit, Nunavut's future capital, in late July after months of planning and preparation. There they visited Arctic College and began meeting Baffin Land's young people. The troupe, which included two National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) instructors, then hiked to the village of Pangnirtung on Cumberland Sound, where they made final preparations for their trek above the Arctic Circle. They also took part in a feast celebrating the taking of the first arctic bowhead whale in half a century. After adding another member to the team, 17-year -old Tommy Aluviluik of Pangnirtung, they headed up South Pangnirtung Fjord to the entrance of the park.

The slide show is co-sponsored by The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Bowdoin College and the Bowdoin Outing Club. A copy of the Jacksons' proposal, biographies and trip logs are available online at http://outside.starwave.com:80/voyagers/adventure98/index.html

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