posted on Dec, 20 2011 @ 03:58 PM
When I was living in Yellowkife, the largest concentration of people in all of the NWT, I used to enjoy packing a lunch and walking out of town. This
entailed climbing the big rock outcrop behind my home and working my way from that one to the next.
The entire area around Yellowknife is choc-a-bloc with these big tall rocks worn smooth by successive glaciations. I wouldn't try it on a wet day and
certainly not in the winter... too slippery and breaking a leg out there would be life-threatening.
In between those rocks are little flat areas made up of soggy tundra, with little stunted trees growing in them. Getting around through that mess is
rather useless, so you just keep on rock hopping.
The best part of climbing up was that you can still see the town's communication towers on the high ones, because, if you lose sight of those,
you're depending on the sun, which, rather than really identifying north and south, just kinda circles around in the sky, Knowing what time it is,
and where the sun should be at that time, is really important. That is, IF you even know which direction Yellowknife is in. Going too far on these
wanderings is extremely dangerous even if you only go a few kilometers.
Interesting story: When I was up there in the early 70's, I used to deliver things from the airport to the jail outside of Yellowknife. Guess what...
no fences. If someone wanted to escape, they could just go for a walk because they had the choice of either going into town (where the RCMP had
a significant force stationed) or the lo-o-o-ong journey into the wilderness. Walking to the next town would be a real test of physical endurance.
Now, put yourself in Nahanni, hundreds of kilometers from any road or town.