by Will Steger -"I have to be back in the Cities on June 7 for an imporant fundraiser for the Steger Wilderness Center to fund our programs this summer. So that's a real deadline, but at the rate I'm going, I'd be a little late coming in through Baker Lake... So my goal is to get to the divide between the Thelon and Back Rivers, cache my canoe there, then next spring I'll come back to that area and go north to the Arctic Ocean. And then I'll cross the sound there to Cambridge Bay." - Will Steger, May 15, [...]
by Will Steger -“I had a dangerous encounter with a Barren Lands grizzly bear… It was the biggest grizzly I’ve ever seen… The first situation is always to keep a cool head… When it turned and headed toward me, I knew it was time to get ready to take some action.” - Will Steger, May 15, 2018. Thelon River, NWT. Day 56.
by Will Steger -“In the whiteout, I made out just a glimpse of black… There was a slice of open water, really deep fast moving current right next to the shoreline…. That was a really dangerous situation. It would have been very easy to ski into that, and it was surrounded by ice that would have collapsed and the whole thing would have just floated under the ice.” - Will Steger, May 13, 2018. Thelon River, NWT. Day 55.
by Will Steger -“I was waiting and waiting… listening to the animals, and sure enough, the geese started making lots of fuss. Right after the geese was the sound of the engine. Last resupply, it was the ravens. Animals around will let you know if there’s a plane coming in.” - Will Steger, May 12, 2018. Thelon River, NWT. Day 54.
by Will Steger -“My resupply is only like 80 pounds – a gallon of gas and some food… This is really a simple plane. You’re not dealing with a Twin Otter, a huge plane worth a couple million dollars. A plane is a plane – you don’t want to crash it either way.” - Will Steger, May 11, 2018. Thelon River, NWT. Day 53.
by Will Steger -"On a sandbar not far from here, I scared up about 500 geese. It surprised me. All of a sudden, they were just all over the place. It's nice seeing such a large number of geese around. It's a sure sign of spring." - Will Steger, May 10, 2018. Thelon River, NWT. Day 52.
by Will Steger -"It was a dreary day all the way through - kind of a depressing day. But it's okay, ya know? Usual thing. You just get what you get.. And I'm in it, and I'm experiencing it, so that's a part of the game." - Will Steger, May 09, 2018. Thelon River, NWT. Day 51.
by Will Steger -"I had faith that the tent would hold... At about midnight I did pack up my stuff. In case the tent does blow apart, I can still survive with a sleeping bag... It was a bitter sweet day, but mostly sweet - now that it's over especially." - Will Steger, May 07, 2018. Thelon River, NWT. Day 49.
by Will Steger -"This raven landed on an island next to me... I talked to him for a while. He's probably never seen a human being before - never definitely had a human being talk to him. When I was singing to him, he was shifting his weight from one foot to another..." - Will Steger, May 06, 2018. Eyeberry Lake, NWT. Day 48.