May 4th, 2021 Update

Hi folks, it’s a pleasure to be in touch again. The last 2 months have been filled with adventure. It kicked off with 30 days in the Labrador bush. Bear & I pulled loaded toboggan’s in prep for big future endeavours I will share in coming months.

We explored the faraway Eagle River watershed (pic above) and surrounding string bog dominated plateau. This area has some of the most pristine wilderness found anywhere in the world with hundreds of miles of undisturbed nature. The wide-open frozen bogs which are winter highways were expansive and hauling across many I could not see the other end. In summer and during spring melt they would be dangerously like quicksand and for that reason, we hastily retreated once the thaw came in earnest. Now it is just another magical expedition forever burned into my memory. Temperatures were frequently below -20°C and hit -40°C with windchill. However, with the correct clothing system/fur and mindset we were right at home. We could sit and have a break like in this picture no different than on the couch.

These conditions would have pushed the limits for Saku. Because of that, he got a well-deserved break with Heather who still kept him moving through the woods and I am thankful for it as was Sak! I am also grateful for her support in managing my pages while I was away. My time to get out was due and she was there for me. God love her! I also want to thank all of you for the wonderful support regarding the recent Bell Fibe TV1 (Channel 1) 6-part series Barbour & Saku: Through the Woods. It is doing excellent and I can’t wait to catch up on your comments and messages once rested. I am sorry to exclude those of you who are not Bell subscribers but there are YouTube videos nearby for you too. As well there will be more content to come from the past 2 months of journeys on my Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/NLExplorer), Instagram(https://www.instagram.com/nlexplorer88/?hl=en), Twitter (https://twitter.com/NLExplorer88), Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/justinbarbour) and maybe here on the website!

Take care folks, be in touch soon and remember #lifeisbetteroutdoors

Special thks to Lure of the North for passing along winter gear (toboggan & accessories, moccasins, anorak) & strategies. They know the deal when it comes to winter travel. Check out their website for more info: www.lureofthenorth.com

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