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Expedition Ikivuq: Come Aboard

Posted on 06/30/2017 at 12:00 AM by Seth Hansen

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Have you ever stared out at a body of water and thought about its immensity.

 

Its power.

 

Its grandeur.

 

What we often fail to think about is that there was a time when these mighty oceans, lakes and rivers lay still, silent and undiscovered.

 

Before man ventured out and charted a course; these bodies of water sat.

 

Waiting.

 

In this day and age it’s hard to imagine there are any waterways that haven’t been charted.

 

Think again.

 

That is the exact task before French Canadian group, Expedition Ikuviq (an Inuit term that roughly translates to, “Come aboard, jump with us”).

 

Expedition Ikuviq will be taking on the challenge of navigating and mapping uncharted waters in the extreme north of Quebec departing July 7th.

Expedition Ikivuq team members paddling a canoe in rough water

(Photo: François Léger-Savard)

 

This group’s name isn’t just a series of empty words, they truly value and believe in the shared value of their expeditions.

 

One of the group's many missions as noted on their website is:

 

"To share our daily expedition experiences in order to convince young people of the satisfactions of outdoor life and of an active lifestyle."

Expedition Ikivuq team by the water as the sun sets

(Photo: François Léger-Savard)

 

The group will be recording the journey and creating a full length documentary cataloging their efforts.

 

As you might imagine, taking on a project this large in an area this remote takes a lot of power.

 

After consulting with the group and discovering what products would best fit their needs it was determined that the group required portable power that was lightweight, durable and could stand up to the elements, especially water.

 

They needed panels that would work in less than ideal conditions and keep them fully powered and connected.

 

Expedition Ikuviq will be using PowerFilm’s rollable line of panels to keep communication lines open and cameras rolling.

 

They can now focus on what truly matters.

 

They can document, discover and describe these never before charted waters.

 

I had the pleasure of speaking in-depth with a member of the expedition’s team, Ariel Desjardins Charbonneau, to learn more about the team, their needs and why they do what they do.

 

To learn more about their journey and how you can follow along, visit their Facebook page.

 

You can find the full interview linked below.

 

Have a question? Contact us or leave a comment below.

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