Camps on Axel Heiberg and Ellesmere Island in 1982, 1983, 1984, 1988 and 1989.


Hares in front of the giant Mokka Fiord Salt Dome. Eastern Axel Heiberg Island, July 1982.

Muskox herd. Eastern Axel Heiberg Island, July 1982.

Muskox Herd. Eastern Axel Heiberg or Ellesmere Island, likely near Eureka, taken in the eighties. Photo by Jim Brandenburg, from his book “White Wolf. Living with an Arctic Legend”.

Hare. Eastern Axel Heiberg Island, July 1982.

Twin Otter landing at the Expedition Glacier camp. Glacier is 5 km wide. Western Axel Heiberg Island, July 1984.

Twin Otter, about to land at Buchanan Lake. Eastern Axel Heiberg Island, August 1982.

Student and Fried, watching four wolves in the distance, circled the camp for a week. Hare Fiord, Northern Ellesmere Island. June 1989.

Strand Fiord Camp. Western Axel Heiberg Island, July 1983.

Camp, just before heavy snow. Eastern Axel Heiberg Island, altitude 1000 feet. June 1984.

One day later, Eastern Axel Heiberg Island, altitude 1000 feet. June 1984.

Storm, wind force 12, tent did not survive. Eastern Axel Heiberg Island. July 1984.

Students, Jeff, Barry, Steve staring in the distance, at the Muskox Ridge Diapir camp, Western Axel Heiberg Island. July 1984.

“Private” Jeffy playing, at the Muskox Ridge Diapir camp, Western Axel Heiberg Island. July 1984.

Muskox Ridge Diapir camp, Western Axel Heiberg Island. July 1984.

Jeffy, catching a lemming, that just shit his gloves. Muskox Ridge Diapir camp, Western Axel Heiberg Island. July 1984.


Lemming, close up.

Jean crossing a stream, Western Axel Heiberg Island, July 1984.

Profs Jean-Luc and Fried, Eastern Axel Heiberg Island. June 1982.

Expedition Fiord glacier camp. Students playing hacky sack. July 1984.

Jean at the head of the Expedition Fiord glacier. July 1984.

Barry at the head of the Expedition Fiord glacier. July 1984.

Expedition Fiord glacier camp. Students playing with guns and fire. July 1984.

Expedition Fiord glacier camp. Students playing with guns and fire. July 1984.

Another camp at Expedition Fiord. Western Axel Heiberg Island, July 1984.

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Jean at a glacier on a cold day, Northern Ellesmere Island. July 1989.

Caribou, Eastern Axel Heiberg Island. July 1982.

Caribou, Eastern Axel Heiberg Island, July 1982.

Steve enscenating a muskox chase. Deserves a Darwin award. Eastern Axel Heiberg Island, July 1983.

Muskox herd, the bull telling us to go away. Eastern Axel Heiberg Island, June 1982.

Crossing a stream using an antenna pool, tricky. Western Axel Heiberg Island, July 1983.

Muskox bull, “Fred”. Eastern Axel Heiberg Island, July 1983.

Jeffy posing with his gun at the Muskox Ridge Camp, July 1984.

Muskox skull and spine. Eastern Axel Heiberg Island, July 1982.

Hare and “Herr Leutnant”. Eastern Axel Heiberg Island, June 1984.

A very tired Fried the prof. , “Herr Oberst”.Ellesmere Island, July 1989.

Young hare. Has no scent, hiding for wolves. Eastern Axel Heiberg Island, July 1982.

Hare and “Herr Leutnant”. Snow starts to come down. White out a day later. Eastern Axel Heiberg Island, June 1984.

Snow geese. Delicious. Western Axel Heiberg Island, July 1984.

Ptarmigans. Eastern Axel Heiberg Island, June 1983.

Ptarmigans. Eastern Axel Heiberg Island, June 1983.

Nest with young snowy owls. Western Axel Heiberg Island, South of Strand Fiord, July 1983.

Nest with very rare gyer falcons. Western Axel Heiberg Island, South of Strand Fiord, July 1983.

Net with rare gyer falcons. They shriek like ducks. This is how we found the nest. Extremely rare birds, priceless. Western Axel Heiberg Island, South of Strand Fiord, July 1983.

Our helicopter. Western Axel Heiberg Island, North of Strand Fiord, July 1984.

Twin Otter, dropping off. Landed in the field. Eastern Axel Heiberg Island, June 1982.

Polygons. Eastern Axel Heiberg Island, June 1982.

Strand Fiord. Western Axel Heiberg Island, July 1983. Good weather.

Strand Fiord. Western Axel Heiberg Island, July 1983. Normal weather.

Muskox Ridge, view from the helicopter. Western Axel Heiberg Island, July 1983.

Muskox Ridge camp. Western Axel Heiberg Island, July 1983.

Expedition Fiord Glacier, 5 km wide. Western Axel Heiberg Island, July 1983.

Sand storm end of summer. Eastern Axel Heiberg Island, July 1988.

Polar Shelf base, equipment. Resolute Bay air strip. June 1989. -2 Celsius.

Beluga whales, Resolute Bay village. June 1989.

Steve and Jeffy, bored by the snow. Eastern Axel Heiberg Island, June 1983.

Resolute Bay beach: Arctic Art, first price competition, June 1989. Declination and compass needles moving slowly, 2-3 minutes per revolution, by the variable vertical magnetic field. Magnetic North Pole was 100 km North in 1989.

Student in the Mokka Fiord salt dome, limestone inclusion in anhydrite layers. Eastern Axel Heiberg Island, July 1988.

Biggest tree on Axel heiberg Island. Horizontal growing Arctic willow. Eastern Axel Heiberg Island, July 1982.

Resolute Bay Village 1989. Innuits were lured into this area in the 50's to have inhabitant presence during the cold war so that the Soviets couldn't claim the area like they tried on Spitzbergen.

Camp on Eastern Axel Heiberg Island, Jean and Martin, enjoying the one week summer of 8 Celsius. Western Axel Heiberg Island, South of Strand Fiord, July 1983.

Arctic Hare. Eastern Axel Heiberg Island, July 1984.

Twin Otter landing. Eastern Axel Heiberg Island, June 1983.

Drop-off by Twin Otter, Hare Fiord, Northern Ellemere Island, late June 1989. Almost got stuck in the muddy tundra. And then you need a second plane to pullm it out ....

Eureka air strip, July 1988.


Eureka weather station. July 1988.

Eureka weather station, July 1988.

Eureka container camp Geological Survey of Canada, July 1988.

Matt at Otto Fiord. Ellemere Island, late June 1989.

Camp at Hare Fiord during the height of the summer and a La Nina year with usual moist South-Westerly winds. Ellemere Island, early July 1989.

Nansen Sound, between Axel Heiberg and Ellesmere Island. Helicopter view, July 1988.

Eureka Airport, army base, Jean and Jeff. July 1989.

Too early in the season, potatoes froze at night and then start rotting. Eastern Axel Heiberg Island, early June, 1983.

Original whale bone iglo from around 1000-1400 AD. Heritage site at Resolute Bay. June 1989.

Camp in the morning after another low system created by la Nina passed from the South-West. Hare Fiord, Northern Ellemere Island, early July 1989.

Rocks covered by snow, not much work, but some fun instead, slay ride. Hare Fiord, Northern Ellemere Island, early July 1989.

Too much snow to work. Hare Fiord, Northern Ellemere Island, early July 1989.

Prof. Fried on Hare Fiord, Northern Ellemere Island, late June 1989.