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Old 07-30-2011, 12:58 PM   #1
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Even if you do not want to watch the full hour take time to watch the first through minutes. The gear for the trip is awesome.

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Before setting out for the Canadian wilderness, Sanjayan sat down with Hari Sreenivasan of PBS NewsHour to talk about the purpose of the trip, the biggest challenge and why he’ll be spending time on “the suicide tube.” Watch the interview below.
http://blog.nature.org/2011/07/thelon-expedition/


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A video of a canoe trip on the Thelon River.
At 6 minutes 20 seconds you get to see an awesome caribou herd.


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Paddle To Be Free - An Arctic Adventure
Description: A 12 year old describes his his Arctic canoe trip with his family. Some great footage with commentary by the boy. Many shots of wildlife - huge caribou herd, wolves, various birds.
Location/Distance: Thelon River, Nunavut, Canada
Trip Date: 2001-01-01
Author: Blazing Paddles featuring Brendan Kraiker and family
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Old 07-31-2011, 03:37 PM   #3
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Thelon Game Sanctuary - Northwest Territories, Canada
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A video of a canoe trip on the Thelon River.
At 6 minutes 20 seconds you get to see an awesome caribou herd.




http://youtu.be/Z3G18sBKsDo
Now there are two young men who are going to be quite knowledgeable about nature and the wild country! What an education for them!
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Old 08-01-2011, 03:10 PM   #5
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So wonderful to watch as this journey unfolds.
The video is of the tremendous number of bugs, like rainfall.

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It sounds as if it’s raining outside — a light gentle drizzle, perhaps. But outside is dry and the sound comes not from drops of water but the ferocious attacks of mosquitoes and black flies as they bounce off the nylon walls of my tent.
How na´ve I was to think that the bug suit I brought alone — a cotton canvas hooded sweatshirt-like apparatus with mesh across the face and down the sides — and the DEET wipes would hold this horror at bay. How silly to think that the worst that could happen was an itch.
The pale walls of my tent are smeared in many places as if a little kid with fingers covered in chocolate had played inside. The smears are blood.

‪The Thelon Expedition: What Really Bugs Sanjayan‬‏ - YouTube

The pictures of moose are great.
Do you think the paw print is a grizzly?

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I will be checking for the updates each day. Shall we keep up with them together? I will add what I may here each time something interesting is added. Which is everything...lol.
Have you seen those portable solar panels for the equipment. Awesome!
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So wonderful to watch as this journey unfolds.
The video is of the tremendous number of bugs, like rainfall.




‪The Thelon Expedition: What Really Bugs Sanjayan‬‏ - YouTube

The pictures of moose are great.
Do you think the paw print is a grizzly?

Thelon Expedition: Monday, August 1


I will be checking for the updates each day. Shall we keep up with them together? I will add what I may here each time something interesting is added. Which is everything...lol.
Have you seen those portable solar panels for the equipment. Awesome!
Yea, keep them all in this link. Imagine making an emergency landing there without a bug suit? I bet people have gone insane from the experience!!!
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Old 08-04-2011, 01:11 PM   #7
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Today is the August 4th, last day of the river trip on the Thelon. The details given after recovering will be interesting. I hope PBS or someone even Letterman interviews Sanjayan soon.

M. Sanjayan: Thelon Expedition: Mosquitoes Rule the Tundra

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From July 24 to August 4, young members of the Dene First Nation of Canada will embark on an exploration through one of Canada's most pristine and sacred areas with The Nature Conservancy's lead scientist, Sanjayan. They'll canoe along the Thelon River, ending in North America's largest and most remote wildlife refuge, the Thelon Game Sanctuary. The region is facing potentially devastating resource extraction threats and the youth attending the trip will be responsible for many important decisions in the future.
Where few men have gone before: A fascinating expedition along Canada?s Thelon River

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And with the physical change comes another — renewed interest in the increasingly exposed mineral and energy resources both on and below the surface with the prospect of a stampede the likes of which Canada’s never seen. Already an international scramble is on. The world’s Arctic nations — Russia, the U.S., Canada, Denmark, Norway — all jockey, bloviate and rattle sabres over their claims in anticipation of an ice-free North Pole.



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After several days of storms kept them off the river The Thelon expedition finally reached the Thelon Game Sanctuary. PBS was able to reach them for an update.
I think the group have since reached destination and are headed home.

Thelon River Explorers Check in from the Campground | The Rundown News Blog | PBS NewsHour | PBS

SCIENCE -- August 9, 2011 at 11:34 AM EDT
Thelon River Explorers Check in from the Campground
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“We are on their land – the caribou, moose, bear – and they have the right of way. When I am on the Thelon I feel at one with the land.” – Damien Kailek

Slide show photos from the Thelon Expedition.

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This is one of those BAD... in a nice way.... threads!!! 3 or 4 times now I've logged on and got to following this thread and never posted because of it. I keep getting hung up following what's happening!!! I am not clicking on ANY of your links today GLORIA!!!
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That photo of the moose getting out of the water is the best!!!
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Speaking of gear.... for anyone drowning in the midwest getting sucked dry by skeeters flying in formation over their heads.... here's a link to the style of bug jacket they wear, The Original Bug Shirt. I've tried them all.... the cheap Chinese products are basically worthless. The original works but you'll still get bit around the wrists. The new elite is better because it's been redesigned. I tried one on.... I didn't want to take it off but... it wasn't mine. The elite's got a pouch in front which is great if you've always got a camera around your neck. I'd like to buy the new bug jacket someday.
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