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July 17, 2008

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Iggy heads to the Arctic Circle

While it is steamy hot in Chicago I have decided to embark on an epic journey to the Canadian Arctic Circle. But it really wouldn’t be a properly led trip without Iggy in the lead. Yes, I know Iggy’s natural terrain is not frozen icebergs and expansive moraines. But he is tough and will most likely be leading the pack.
 
I am heading off with some Australian mates of mine with the intent of an epic trip of the lifetime. Because of the remote nature of where we are going it will take me a couple days with modern air transportation just to fly to our staging point.  And, no I will not have access to the phone or internet - not even at a Starbucks.
 
Here is the plan:
We will be flying into Iqaluit and then on to Qikiqtarjuaq. From there we will be taking a 4hr freighter canoe ride to the entrance of the Auyuittuq National Park on Baffin Island in the Nunavut of Canada's arctic. The meaning of Auyuittuq in Inuktitut is "the land that never melts" (that is, before global warming). The park features the world's tallest uninterrupted rock face, Mount Thor, which looms 1,250m above the glacial valley floor.
 
Short of Iggy, this an entirely unguided journey. The pass is approximately 96km in length and will take about 6 days to hike. We are bringing Iggy for his known ability to scare away any potential polar bear encounters along the way.
 
Here are few links if  you are interested in seeing what the terrain looks like. Upon my return I will be posting some other images and a summary of our journey.
http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/nu/auyuittuq/index_e.asp
 
If you want to meet up live and hear some of the stories immediately upon my return I will be going to Linux World in San Francisco from August 4-7. You are welcome to meet me, Iggy and Gernot Heiser talks or at our  Meet-up at the aptly named Thirsty Bear on Tuesday August  5th.
 
Cheers,
 
Tim

Posted by Ram Sarabu on July 17 at 01:44 PM

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As a senior product manager, Ram Sarabu talks to customers and partners to identify market opportunities and develops a cohesive strategy for OK Labs products. Prior to OK Labs, he worked 10+ years in product development and product management roles in the mobile industry. He holds a masters in business administration from the University of Chicago and a masters in electrical engineering from Michigan Technological University. In his spare time, Ram enjoys watching sports and playing board games with his two boys.

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