Mémoires tells the story of the canoeing odyssey in the Arctic in northern Canada


The Thlewiaza-Seal Rivers: The Ice Challenge

“The Thlewiaza-Seal Rivers: Challenge of the Ice” recounts the arduous journey of Fred Nelson and his friends

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, December 27, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – In 1977, Fred nelson and his seasoned fellow adventurers embarked on what seemed like a regular canoe trip that later turned out to be a struggle for survival. They would have to run tough rapids, endure freezing waters and more in the beautiful but dangerous wilderness of northern Canada. This is their odyssey through “The Thlewiaza-Seal Rivers: The Ice Challenge. “This story is from an adventure diary recorded by another canoeist during the trip, Gary Gnauck, who recently passed away. Courtesy of Gary’s daughter, Nelson published the book so that others can enjoy their real adventure.

Nelson is a seasoned nature explorer, having made 19 canoe trips across northern Canada, expeditions that ranged from 11 to 36 days and spanned thousands of miles. The book chronicles one of those outings that took an unexpected turn and, in retrospect, makes for a compelling tale of adventures that readers can enjoy in the warmth and comfort of their own homes. During this trip, Nelson and five others embarked on a journey that was to travel 450 miles along the Thlewiaza River to Hudson Bay, then north over Hudson Bay to Arviat. . However, their trip coincided with the coldest winter in 40 years and when they reached Lake Nueltin they discovered that the body of water was covered with eighty miles of ice. Canoeists therefore had to travel 75 miles by land to reach the North Seal River, then canoe south to Hudson Bay to reach Churchill. On this route their journey has turned into a real adventure, hundreds of miles from any civilization and beyond the route they gave to the Lynn Lake authorities – meaning any search and rescue attempt would be impossible.

This story describes the difficult portage of canoes and supplies on unmarked trails covered in snow and ice, traversing extreme rapids in frigid waters, close calls with a polar bear, and a night in a storm over Bay of Hudson. It contrasts the miserable cold and wet days of their journey with idyllic moments in canoeing on hot and incredibly beautiful days. All in all, adventure seekers and those who wish to travel and explore off the beaten path destinations have a lot to glean from “The Thlewiaza-Seal Rivers: Challenge of the Ice”. They can enjoy Nelson’s adventure story from the comfort of their own homes, perhaps even finding the inspiration to go on an excursion.

About the Author
Fred Nelson was born and raised in New York State and graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and then served in the Air Force. After acquiring a passion for canoeing, over time he made 19 canoe trips in the wilderness of northern Canada.

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