I hope he has enough food. You burn a lot of calories just being in the cold.This one belongs here. Karl Kruger, of Orcas Island, is a super dude. NWP attempt on a SUP. He’s definitely no beginner at this sort of thing, but no one has ever attempted a SUP paddle of the NWP.
Pic below is not the muddy Mississippi or something - it’s his first dip of the paddle in the Arctic Ocean the other day at Tuktoyaktuk, starting point for an attempt on the NWP.
That’s his entire kit on board, enough for three weeks of living without re-supply, not including water (which he can re-supply at from local streams, etc.)
In addition to obvious camping and nav/comms gear, the kit strapped on the board includes a marinized shotgun, and trip wire and blanks rig to set around nightly camp spots to try to scare off polar bears. His Joe Bark custom SUP, 18 ft long by 26.5” wide.
Wish him luck on a really incredible adventure and follow him here!
Map below in case you don’t know where Tuktoyaktuk or the NW Passage is
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I hope he has enough food. You burn a lot of calories just being in the cold.
Some climbing acquaintances did a trip/expedition to the Cirque of the Unclimbables, hauling sleds across the snow because you simply cannot backpack in enough food and gear. Their caloric consumption was far above what they had calculated and budgeted for. By the time they got to the climbs, they had eaten half their food and were forced to turn back. When they got back to their truck they had extra food, but something, probably porcupines, had gotten through the light chicken wire they had wrapped around the underside of their truck and had chewed the hoses and wires. Trying to get back to a traveled road was a sufferfest.
In other words he realized that his existing plan was stupid and would kill him, so he decided to break it up into survivable chunks.He’s back - he decided to break the NWP trip into a few summers, to be able to slow down and enjoy the vastness of the Arctic
Yeah, the Cirque is an awesome place. And Tombstone Park too.
I know that area very well, lots of old people, some of whom I know. Many can’t really evacuate without a lot of help and many don’t have help.
It is likely to get worse.Basically you can’t live in FL within 5-10miles of a beach now.