Expedition Map
A small team of North of Sixty° explorers will undertake an expedition in April 2013, traveling over 100 miles on skis, pulling pulks, from Qikiqtarjuaq to Pangnirtung in Nunavut, Canada. They will visit schools and interview teachers, students, elders, and others in both communities, while providing regular online updates about their journey and educating learners worldwide about Inuit culture and language as well as the changing landscape and climate in the Arctic. We hope you'll follow along with the live updates for this exciting expedition!
Pulking through a pass on Baffin Island

The Route

The team will journey across Baffin Island through Auyuittuq National Park. Their travels will take approximately two weeks, depending on the weather and the conditions of the snow and ice. The team will begin their journey in the community of Qikiqtarjuaq and travel on skis over 100 miles across a stunning landscape of ice, rock, and sheer granite mountains to the community of Pangnirtung. All the while, they will be pulling their gear and food in pulks that, when loaded, weigh several hundred pounds each.

Established in 1976, Auyuittuq - an Inuktitut word meaning "land that never melts" - protects 19,089 square kilometers of glacier-scoured terrain. Located in the eastern Arctic, on southern Baffin Island, the park includes the highest peaks of the Canadian Shield, the Penny Ice Cap, marine shorelines along coastal fiords, and Akshayuk Pass, a traditional travel corridor used by the Inuit for thousands of years. Wildlife in the park is scarce due to a low vegetation supply, but the team may encounter lemmings, arctic hares, ermines, arctic foxes, barren-ground caribou, or polar bears during their journey. We hope, of course, that any polar bears we see are only from a very great distance!

The Goals

  • Pulk from Qikiqtarjuaq to Pangnirtung, through Auyuittuq National Park, providing real-time online field and media updates about the natural environment and culture in the region, and sharing what it's like to live on the land there.
  • Visit schools and community centers in both Qikiqtarjuaq and Pangnirtung, and share with and learn from teachers, administrators, students, community members, and elders.
  • Meet with North of Sixty° participating teachers and students in the region and learn more about their educational experiences and needs.
  • Create a North of Sixty° documentary that helps educate the world about the Arctic and about climate change through the lens of these communities and this region of the Arctic.
The community of Qikiqtarjuaq

The Team

Aaron Doering

Aaron Doering, PhD

Expedition Leader; Project Investigator; Associate Professor, Learning Technologies; Co-Director, LT Media Lab

With a passion for the Arctic, the environment, and education, Aaron has a long history of traveling within and working with communities in the circumpolar Arctic, including dogsledding expeditions through Canada, Russia, Alaska, Fennoscandia, and Greenland. He has completed education-related expeditions in the Arctic at least annually since 2004, tied to issues such as climate change, sustainability, and Arctic culture. Aaron is an associate professor in the Learning Technologies program at the University of Minnesota, holds the Bonnie Westby Huebner Endowed Chair in Education and Technology, and is a co-director of the Learning Technologies Media Lab. He is also a laureate of the prestigious humanitarian Tech Awards, and a fellow for the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment. Aaron believes our personal actions have a huge impact on our environment and that we need to be cognizant of how we're all interconnected and what impacts we are making not only locally but worldwide. Aaron's academic writing focuses on how adventure learning impacts the classroom experience; designing and developing online learning environments; and K-12 technology integration. He's published over 60 journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings, and is co-author of the bestselling textbook Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching, and co-editor of the forthcoming The New Landscape of Mobile Learning: Redesigning Education in an App-based World.

Brad Hosack

Brad Hosack

New Media Developer, LT Media Lab
Brad is an award-winning designer with over 14 years of experience in the field. He works full time in the Learning Technologies Media Lab as the Lead New Media Developer, responsible for creating all designs, wireframes, mockups, prototypes, and alpha versions for all lab projects. In addition to his professional responsibilities, Brad is a PhD student in the Learning Technologies program at the University of Minnesota, where his research focuses on how to design contemporary online learning environments emphasizing the learner's need to consume content. An approach that is integral in the creation of inviting and aesthetically pleasing designs that are functionally effective allowing for minimal effort by the user while maximizing their learning experience through efficient knowledge transfer.
Chris Ripken

Chris Ripken

Centennial High School Geography Teacher, Centennial Lakes, MN
Chris is a high school geography teacher. His world centers on geography and exploration, and he is always seeking innovative ways to reach students in the classroom. Chris has traveled the world as a team member of the 2009 GoNorth! dogsledding expedition in Arctic Canada, with the organization H20 for Life in Africa, sailing around Patagonia on a research vessel, and as a Boundary Waters Canoe Area guide in Minnesota, to name just a few of his many adventures. Chris was recognized as a TIES Exceptional Teacher in 2012 for his innovative classroom work with technology integration in the classroom, and as Teacher of the Year in 2009 for the Centennial School District, marking him as one of the top 25 teachers in Minnesota. He is also a longtime member and leader within the Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education (MAGE) organization, which offers programs and workshops for Minnesota K-12 teachers centered on geography teaching and learning.
Jeni Henrickson

Jeni Henrickson

PhD Candidate and Graduate Research Assistant, LT Media Lab
Jeni is a PhD candidate in the Learning Technologies program at the University of Minnesota and a graduate research assistant for the Learning Technologies Media Lab. Along with being an avid distance runner, hiker, and general outdoor enthusiast, she is interested in researching and designing adventure learning environments, in exploring the uses of mobile and other emerging technologies in the K-12 classroom, and in getting kids outdoors, actively interacting with the natural environment and their local communities. She has two awesome kids of her own, ages 11 and 14.

The Gear