Monthly Archives: March 2018

A days rest in Quaqtaq

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The race is on hold for today to allow time for the mushers and their dogs to regain energy after the tough couple of days. This didn’t mean that nothing was happening today though! Various meetings were held between Officials,…

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Welcoming feast in Quaqtaq

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The Teams and Support crews were treated with a community feast hosted by Quaqtaq. There was lots happening, a feast wouldn’t be a feast with lots of food to go around of course, but that wasn’t all. There were many…

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Mushers make it to Quaqtaq after a tough stretch

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The ride from Kangirsuk to Quaqtaq was a tough one. High winds and blizzard conditions made for slow traveling, despite this the teams were able to cover some great ground. After this tough stretch the Mushers and their dogs along…

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The Final Stretch before Quaqtaq

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After a long day with high winds, the weather finally improved overnight bringing much needed calmer weather. The Teams along with the support crews woke up to beautiful clear skies. Due to some teams arriving as late as 2 AM,…

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The Ivakkak race teams left Kangirsuk

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The teams have left Kangirsuk after a three-day layover caused by bad weather. They are racing towards Kivinilik, a 72 kilometre stretch. There was an encouraging, cheering crowd for their departure this morning, including former Ivakkak participant Minnie Ningiuruvik. Laly…

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The race gets back on the trail!

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Weather conditions have improved, Racers will begin departing at 10am. The racers will be leaving in the following order; Willie Cain Aisa Surusila Maasiu Arngak Peter boy Jean Marie Sandy Jaaka 7 Novalinga George Kauki Junior May Aloupa Kauki

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Continued poor weather conditions postpone the race for another day.

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Due to safety concerns the race has been postponed another day. High winds and poor trail conditions on the land are the result of this decision. The race scouts spent the morning on the trail ahead monitoring the conditions and…

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A busy day in Kangirsuk

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Despite being stuck in town today, the entire Ivakkak grew was keeping real busy. Whether it was tending to the dogs, or making repairs to their machines everyone had something to get done. The support crew was very busy at…

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Race will be postponed another day.

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Due to continued concerning winds, Ivakkak will postpone its departure from Kangirsuk, tentatively by another day. Some of the crew members are talented musicians and are offering to entertain the community of Kangirsuk tonight!

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Full days rest in Kangirsuk

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Pierre Dunnigan

Ivakkak Official Photographer at Ivakkak
I fell in love with the North a long time ago, for the snow and some skiing in the mountains.And then, for the light and the beautiful landscapes; and I kept coming back for the warm friendship of its inhabitants and the feeling of freedom while traveling on the land.

As a photographer, I learned to read the light! I am always on the lookout for its magic, in colors, in patterns, in its contrasts; my goal is to bring a reflection on the beauty of nature and its inhabitants; my challenge is to show space and motion;my vision is that « light is always there »!

This will be my ninth participation as Ivakkak's photographer.

I hope you enjoy my pictures, I will post the images I like the most.
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Today was a bright clear sunny day, but windy and crispy cold except for the dogs, they seems to be sheltered from the wind in the little valley near the bridge  they rest and soak up the sunshine. Musher Sandy…

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Team 11 Drops out of the Race

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Musher Edua Lucassie and his partner Steven Airo (team 11) have decided they will be dropping out of the race. One of his female dogs went into heat, which has been giving the team issues. Removing the dog from his…

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Race on hold due to forecasted high winds

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The Race officials along with the Teams have decided that with the projected high winds in the forecast it would be safer for the teams to stay in Kangirsuk today. Charlie Alaku and the crew members will be busy checking…

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Wed March 21 arrival in Nuluaqtalik

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Here are some shots from the time spent at Nulaqtalik, The area is known for good fishing, another plus for this particular area is that a cabin was available to house the Officials, making it a good first camp stop…

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The teams arrive in Kangirsuk

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The mushers were welcomed by a nice crowd in Kangirsuk today. The weather today made for some good traveling for the teams taking on average about 5 hours for most of the teams to make the trip from Naluaktalik to…

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