Ungava Episode 2: Setting Up Your Tent in a Blizzard


It’s 20k to the head of Wakeham Bay which was my first day, with all my gear. Day-2 I started heading up in elevation towards the plateau. I had a really scary experience in these first days of the trip when I had to set my tent up in a ripping blizzard. I ended up not setting it up as high as I could have, after that, I just set it up lower to the ground for the rest of the trip. Once I’d finally made it onto the plateau I’d climbed over 2000′ in elevation. Anyone who’s hauled sledges in winter knows that even hauling up a small hill is very challenging. It was a very very physically demanding journey to make it to Pingualuit Crater. At the end of each day, I was exhausted, and this was the beginning of the trek when my outfit was the heaviest. In a cabin near Pingualuit, I noticed the temperature was about 10 degrees colder than it was 200′ lower on the ocean. In the safety of the cabin, I hoped for good weather and looked forward to exploring Pingualuit crater the next day.

Previous articleUngava Episode 1: Picking Mussels Under the Sea Ice
Next articleUngava Episode 3: Building an Igloo
Jim Baird is an Adventurer, videographer, writer, photographer, and talent. His previous rolls include extensive work with a map company as well as guiding and prospecting. Jim has shot video for Cineflix productions, BBC Worldwide, 13 Minds, and The Weather Network US. He's produced video series such as “The Kesagami River Solo” and “Lessons From The Trail with Jim Baird”. Jim’s content has also appeared in print for several publications that include Explore, Canoeroots, Real Fishing, Ontario Out of Doors, Outdoor Canada, Canoe & Kayak, and Field & Stream magazines. Jim is an expert woodsman, white-water canoeist, survivalist, and a bold wilderness navigator. His expedition experience includes a solo trip down the canoe eating rapids of the Kesagami and then along the tempestuous James Bay coat, an 800-mile snowmobile expedition across the Northwest Passage, 300miles above the Arctic Circle. A month long descent of the Northwest Territories Kuujjua River in the Arctic Archipelago, followed by 120-kilometers of paddling on the Arctic Ocean. He's also completed a 33-day canoe expedition via four rivers including the Adlatok in northern Quebec and Labrador.