In the wilderness lies the preservation of the world.
Henry David Thoreau
Day 2 – July 11, 2017 – Arrival
Everything begins at 4:15am when Team Gwich’in arrives from Fort McPherson. May, the oldest, steps out of the huge pick up with a big smile on her face. Behind her 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 somewhat crumpled Gwich’in colleagues follow.
At 8:04 am the 80kg-heavy rafting boats and the first ten members of the expedition take off from the Stewart River in the historic Beaver and Otter aircraft (built in 1953). The planes roar into the sky towards the northeast. After a 30-minute flight we pierce through the cloud cover and the gigantic mountain panorama of the Land of the Painted Mountains opens up beneath us.
As we land the floatplane’s pontoons slice through the smooth and glassy surface of Duo Lakes. We made it: we have arrived in the largest mountain wilderness in the world.
Central Arctic Arktis Kanada