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Introducing the 2013 RCGS expeditions

  • Mar 25, 2013
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Five teams of explorers will venture into some of the most remote parts of Canada this year with the support of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Here’s what you need to know to follow their journeys:

New Land 2013

This international team of four left this month on a 1000-kilometre journey across Ellesmere Island, Nunavut. The expedition will retrace the route of the Norwegian explorer Otto Sverdrup with the help of four dogs, eight skis and specially designed Camino energy bars that contain a whopping 630 calories per 100 grams.

Follow the team on Facebook, Twitter and the expedition website.

Raspberry Rising Expedition

In the depths of Mount Tupper in Glacier National Park, British Columbia, lies a little-explored cave system. Over the next two years, this mega-team of nine adventurers will do what it takes, from cave diving to climbing active waterfalls, to map it.

Follow the expedition into the Tupper cave system through the spring known as Raspberry Rising on YouTube or the Raspberry Rising website.

The Canadian Arctic Project: Into the Melting Ice

Nicolas Peissel is returning to the Arctic this summer after last year’s record-breaking sail through the Northwest Passage. This time, he and two other adventurers plan to take their sailboat through a never-before-accessible route between the Sverdrup Islands and the Canadian Archipelago and document the disappearing sea ice.

Follow Peissel’s team on Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo and the project website.

Qajaqtuqtut expedition

These explorers will travel from Qikiqtarjuaq to Cape Dorset, Nunavut, using only traditional Inuit kayaks built by their own hands.

Follow their progress on Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo and the expedition website.

Again River waterfalls

Adam Shoalts discovered a waterfall on the Harricanaw River, in Quebec, the way most early explorers must have — by being swept over its edge. He soon learned the waterfall was one of seven unmapped falls and plans to return to the area this summer to survey them.

Follow Shoalts on his website.

Learn more about the RCGS’s expeditions program and read about our 2012 expeditions.

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