Lake Journal: Back and Beyond

Summer 2011: Back and Beyond. A wilderness story.

Five friends and I completed a 54-day canoe expedition on Nunavut’s Back River in the summer of 2005. I was ready to be tested, but I never imagined the combination of grief, beauty and disaster that would push me to the limit and leave me with a new understanding of the wild.

I completed this essay about the journey at the Banff Centre’s Literary Journalism Program during the summer of 2010. It’s called Back and Beyond and was published in Lake Journal.

Read Back and Beyond [pdf]