“I just landed in Dave’s ski plane on wheels at Yellowknife so I’m officially back in civilization right now. I’m on pavement and talking on a cell phone so I have to get back to the real world now and get caught up on emails. I wanted to thank everybody for following me for the last two months. It’s been a great personal trip for me.” – Will Steger, May 30, 2018. Great Slave Lake, NWT. Day 72

Yellowknife: 42°F / Ely, MN: 68°F


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“It was a two hour flight back. It really put me in touch with how much winter I was actually immersed in… By the time I got to Great Slave Lake, there was some water on the ice. Some of the rivers had rapids and falls in them, although the quieter areas of the rivers were still frozen.” – Will Steger, May 28, 2018. Great Slave Lake, NWT. Day 70.

Black Lake: 50°F / Baker Lake: 28°F / Ely, MN: 89°F


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“I expected a lot of thin ice and rapids and all sorts of adventures of that sort. But it was more of a harder slog, which is a different type of experience. I have no disappointment at all. You always get what you get whatever you do. ” – Will Steger, May 27, 2018. Day 69.

Will gets picked up in the Barrens and begins his journey home to the wilderness.

Black Lake: 60°F / Baker Lake: 28°F / Ely, MN: 69°F


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“The pickup is scheduled for tomorrow. I’d say it’s about 50-50 maybe, getting the plane in here. This weather is getting a little better, but it just goes on and on… I’ll check in tomorrow. I should be at Dave Olsen’s house on the Great Slave Lake or back in th tent here.” – Will Steger, May 26, 2018. NWT. Day 68.

Black Lake: 55°F / Baker Lake: 33°F / Ely, MN: 64°F


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“Had real heavy rains here, about 3 hours worth. Some of the heaviest rains I’ve ever seen on snow… It was unusual. It was raining hard, but the temperature was below freezing. It all froze on the surface. Just a spring diamond.” – Will Steger, May 25, 2018. NWT. Day 67.

Black Lake: 51°F / Baker Lake: 28°F / Ely, MN: 68°F


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“I traveled about 20 miles today, pulling my sled with all my gear, exploring these areas. Within this pass in a small gorge, I found a grove of spruce trees, which is really rare on that side of the divide… I’ll be back to my small lake that I’m gonna use as an airstrip tomorrow.” – Will Steger, May 24, 2018. NWT. Day 66.

Black Lake: 66°F / Baker Lake: 20°F / Ely, MN: 65°F


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“The day was just a stunning, clear, calm day – skied all day without a shirt. I regretted that actually right now. I got a bad sunburn, but it was worth it… It looks like a summer day in Minnesota.” – Will Steger, May 23, 2018. NWT. Day 65.

Black Lake: 79°F / Baker Lake: 32.9°F / Ely, MN: 72°F


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“40 km/h wind gusts. In shelter of cliffs. No satellite coverage. All is well.” – Will Steger, April 04, 2018.

Beneath the storm clouds, Will’s satellite phone can’t connect to leave a voice message tonight, but the above text came with an updated location of his whereabouts.

Black Lake: -3°F / Baker Lake: 1°F / Ely, MN: 23°F


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“The cold continues… 28 below this morning. It warmed up actually to about 1 degree today with a 15-20 mile per hour wind. It actually felt kinda pleasant.” – Will Steger, April 03, 2018.

Will makes slow but persistent progress in the uncommonly cold temperatures.

Black Lake: -2°F / Baker Lake: -2°F / Ely, MN: 11°F


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“I crossed the 60 degree latitude mark today, which is the official Arctic start. Still have a ways to go till I get to the Barrens… The rest did me well, but now I’m on my own again.” – Will Steger, April 02, 2018

Will leaves the safety of the cabin and crosses the Arctic circle, headed for the Barren Lands.

Black Lake: -7°F / Baker Lake: -11°F / Ely, MN: 20°F


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