“By the time I packed up, the wind intensified. I had a tailwind, but the snow continued, the sun disappeared, and I got into a really bad whiteout. Couldn’t see anything at all. I had to sit about half an hour to kinda wait for the snow to lift… Then I traveled on.” – Will Steger, April 29, 2018. Elk River, NWT. Day 41. 

Black Lake: 35°F / Baker Lake: -1°F / Ely, MN: 52°F


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“I thought, ‘Boy, this is it. We’ve got a good thaw coming.”… Then everything changed. The whiteout came back. The clouds came in. The north wind came up.” – Will Steger, April 28, 2018. Day 40. 

Black Lake: 35°F / Baker Lake: 8°F / Ely, MN: 33°F


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“Managing the solitude is very easy for me. It’s pretty much like a Zen monastery. I’m in this absolutely perfect rhythm. I do the same thing every day, and I don’t mind doing it. It frees up your mind a lot.” – Will Steger, April 27, 2018. Day 39.

Black Lake: 48°F / Baker Lake: 8°F / Ely, MN: 37°F


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“I actually skied for about half an hour without a shirt on… It doesn’t look like there’s gonna be much of any type of storm today. I’m hoping for a thaw tomorrow.” – Will Steger, April 26, 2018. The Land of Small Sticks, NWT. Day 38.

Black Lake: 35°F / Baker Lake: -3°F / Ely, MN: 33°F


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“I’m in an area called the Land of Little Sticks, where you have these really small trees. Each one of them has a personality. They usually hang out in clumps… When the dogs see these things, they get freaked out.” – Will Steger, April 25, 2018. Day 37. 

Black Lake: 30°F / Baker Lake: 1°F / Ely, MN: 44°F


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“A couple geese flew over, which is the first waterfowl I’ve seen. Maybe they were greeting me, or maybe they were just telling me to leave. Not sure what the omen was.” – Will Steger, April 24, 2018. Day 36. 

Black Lake: 40°F / Baker Lake: -4°F / Ely, MN: 33°F


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“It’s kinda embarrassing to say this, but I got a little too close to the open water there… and I went in… Anytime something like that totally catches you by surprise, that’s something you gotta sit down and ponder a little bit.” – Will Steger, April 23, 2018. 

Black Lake: 21°F / Baker Lake: -9°F / Ely, MN: 50°F


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“I laid down in the canoe and put a jacket over my head to protect myself from the wind and get some rest. Suddenly, I got up and there were caribou all around me. It was unbelievable. I think I freaked them out… But then I think they accepted me.” – Will Steger, April 22, 2018. Earth Day. Jarvis Lake, NWT. 

Black Lake: 21°F / Baker Lake: -3°F / Ely, MN: 42°F


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“I heard a crazy noise. When you’re traveling up here like this, you go weeks at a time without hearing anything at all except for the wind. But it turned out to be ravens. They were actually making notice of the airplane coming.” – Will Steger, April 21, 2018. Resupply #1. Day 33. 

Black Lake: 39°F / Baker Lake: -1°F / Ely, MN: 40°F


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“I was making portages on these unnamed lakes this morning, when I saw a band of about 25 caribou… They’re a very curious animal. They got quite close… They just cannot figure out what I am.” – Will Steger, April 20, 2018

Black Lake: 41°F / Baker Lake: 32°F / Ely, MN: 37°F


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