The Last First: Rowing the Northwest Passage in 2013A group of five explorers hopes to make the record books
On July 1, 2013, five adventurers plan to set out to cross the famed Northwest Passage in a row boat, hoping to become the first people to row across the passage in a single season.
Their aim is to make the trip in 75 days, though by their own admission that's just a guess.
"The beauty of this expedition is the fact there are so many layers to it," group member Kevin Vallely told Outside Magazine. "There's such a rich history to the story of the Northwest Passage with iconic geographical names such as Baffin, Franklin, Ross, Hudson, Vancouver, Frobisher, etc. They are inextricably linked with the quest for the Northwest Passage. Mix into this backdrop the reality of climate change and the profound effects it's having on the wildlife, culture and future of the arctic region and the pressing reality of arctic sovereignty that comes with this and we have a doozy of a story."
Indeed, this year marked the second time since satellite recording began in 1978 that rapid ice melting caused the Northwest Passage to open.