Jonathan and Kirti Walpole's 950 km canoe journey across Northwest Territories and Nunavut in July and August of 2014

Day 22

Weather: Some tail wind, then calm, warm and very buggy, then increasing west wind to 20 mph
Distance: 66 km
Location: Latitude:64.80021, Longitude:-97.61208 at 08/03/2014 15:52:29 PDT
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We were up at 3.30 am and on the water by 4.30 am. The conditions were good. It was fairly calm with a slight tailwind. Just enough to keep the bugs around our faces all day. We saw a skinny arctic fox on the lake shore. We also met up with Adam, Hillary, Jonah, and Elena again.

We briefly enjoyed some current assist through the narrows. We made good progress and even managed to complete the first 15 km section of Schultz Lake. The wind gradually increase until it was blowing 20 mph or so. Fortunately, it was behind us. We could have continued but we were exhausted by the time we had done 66 km of predominantly lake paddling. This hard effort has positioned us well though. We only have about 50 km of exposed paddling on Schultz Lake before we get back on the Thelon River and hopefully enjoy some current assistance.

We saw lots of fish today, especially in the short sections with current. As usual, the black flies are insane. They are currently hammering into our tent and it sounds like a heavy rain storm, even though its dry out.