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Pulling sleds and playing the fiddle on Baffin Island

By Ed Viesturs - April 27th, 2008

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Hi everyone, it's Ed Viesturs calling from Pond Inlet on Baffin Island. It's Sunday Evening April 27 10:30 p.m. I'm looking out the window here as the sun sets behind the mountains of Bylot Island which is to the north of us, but it stays light all night pretty much, doesn't get too dark. We had a pretty good day today. We got up early, finished packing, loaded up our sleds, wanted to see how everything fit inside, there's like a zippered cover that extends up and over the top of the sled, on top of that we had to lash bulkier, lighter items, turns out both of our sled with two weeks supply of food and fuel weigh about 180 pounds or so, then we took them out for a little test drive. We skied for a couple of hours, and surprisingly they pulled quite well. For the first part of our trip we're going to ski around 18 miles across the sound here and it's relatively level but the skis and sleds worked well, it didn't feel as bad as I thought it would be dragging 180 pounds behind me the sled went quite well. So we feel good about that. We're going to head out and start our trip tomorrow, we still have to check in with the park ranger in the morning because Bylot Island is in a park and we need to have the right permission and tomorrow we'll start and we plan to be out for a good 14 days, we've got food and supplies to do that, and were commenting how nice it will be on the second leg as our sleds are going to be a lot lighter as we consume the food and fuel. This evening was a little bit of a nice surprise. We went to a community event where they had fiddle lessons, about eight people taking the class, a couple of instructors are here from Nova Scotia, we actually I about a hour and half learned how to play the fiddle and three or four basic tunes, never in a million years did I think I would learn how to play the fiddle on Baffin Island. But that's what we did , that was our evening entertainment and it was quite funny and a lot of fun. So off we go tomorrow, we'll be hopefully we'll be calling you from a camp out on the ice. Thanks for checking in. Goodbye.


fiddles on ice

Just was googling to find more info on fiddles in Baffin Island and found your sound file and post.

I'm a California 'girl' in Nova Scotia and am a musician/teacher/adventurer who has heard of the fiddles on Baffin Island from John Houston, a friend who is a documentary film maker of Inuit tales. he told me about the program. I'm wondering if you have anything you might want to share about your journey... I'm looking forward to trips to Baffin Island, Newfoundland, and Labrador if I can involve myself with the Fiddle Program....Thinking about guitars on ice as well. don't know if that is happening yet.

Andrea Lehrer
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Mabou, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

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