When I was 10 years old, someone gave me Farley Mowat’s Lost in the Barrens for Christmas. From that moment, my love of the wilderness and hunger for outdoor adventuring was born. Although my family did not camp and my only exposure to outdoor living was Toronto’s urban day camps of the late 1960s and early 1970s (nestled in the city's parks), my love of this elusive life in the north (anywhere in the north) never faded…, if anything, it only intensified. Finally, in the early 1990s, the stars aligned and I was able to participate in Outward Bound’s educator course. A three week canoe trip in Wabakimi. The experience was everything I had always dreamed it would be: intense, rich, immersive, sublime and 100% life affirming. From that first adventure, I never looked back. I have returned to Wabakimi (among other select parks: Woodland Caribou, Temagami) as part of an annual canoe trip. There is nothing more optimistic than a canoe strapped to the side of a float plane at the start of a journey.
In 2013, I returned to Outward Bound and participated in their West Coast Trail hike. OB never disappoints. And now to Iceland.
My fantasy: a full year in the north and off the grid. I’d love this project to include building the cabin and procuring supplies for the long winter… I have yet to find someone—even among my most intrepid canoe partners— to agree to join me. I live in hope as I try to figure out a way to legitimate a year long research sabbatical from the university where I work... I admit, it's a bit of a stretch: critical policy studies and a year in the bush... but, never say never.
For more information on Reach Beyond expeditions please contact Angus Murray via email or by phone at 1-888-688-9273 ext. 229.