A few Fridays ago I had the opportunity to join a cold-loving and charismatic group of people at the Snow Walkers’ Rendezvous. This yearly event is held at the Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee, Vermont and brings together people interested in and experienced with travel, camping, and a diverse range of outdoor activities in the north, including dog sledding, canoeing, and skiing. Presentations and workshops run throughout the weekend on topics such as axe safety, filmmaking in the Arctic, and hypothermia. The gathering has been held for around 20 years, with many members reaching or nearing perfect attendance.
I shared some of our experiences working in Greenland, including camping on top of the Greenland Ice Sheet, teaching Greenlandic, US, and Danish high-school students about Arctic science, and connecting with the various stakeholders in Greenland who are interested in polar environmental change. I did not need to spend any time convincing this group that Greenland is a wonderful place to spend the summer!
Thanks to Wendy Scott for organizing a wonderful evening and to Aleks Gusev for capturing the fun and engaging crowd in the slideshow. We look forward to working with the Snow Walkers in the future.