May 2012: In a most dreadful sort of paradise.
When Arthur Moffatt set off for the Barrenlands in 1955, he envisioned a land of plenty. He was plenty wrong.
“Arthur Moffatt had experience on northern rivers like Ontario’s Albany, which he’d paddled alone at age 17 and subsequently guided several trips on, but this Dubawnt odyssey was much more ambitious. Privately, he wondered if his group was up to the challenge.”
This story captures some of the history of the Moffatt expedition [pdf] on Nunavut’s Dubawnt River.