In early January, the six-man Rediscover North America team left the Gulf of Mexico paddling three canoes. Their destination: a tiny fishing hamlet in Nunavut, Canada, on the shores of the Arctic Ocean. After eight months on the water, including an upstream traverse of the entire Mississippi River, sub-zero temperatures, forest fires, countless portages, and plenty of unplanned support from people along the way, the team met salt water along the continent’s north shore on September 2. Altogether, they traveled 5,230 miles by human power. Check out the final video update above, which the crew sent in before heading home for some hard-earned down time. Stay tuned for a full recap of the trip in the next issue of Canoe & Kayak magazine and a documentary film that will be released in spring 2016.
Read more about the impetus for the expedition, funded in part with the $2,500 Expedition Grant presented by Shred Ready, which was awarded to Winchell Delano’s 2,600-mile Trans-Territorial Canoe Expedition upon winning the 2013 Canoe & Kayak Awards Expedition of the Year.