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THE LAST FIRST

Rowing the Northwest Passage

On Juily 13th 2013, five men will embark on an epic and history journey to attempt to be the first team to row the Northwest Passage, in a single season. A feat that has never been done before.

The team members come from varied backgrounds bringing together a vast amount of experience in differenet fields, but all have a driving passion for adventure and a deep love of the envirinment and the people that live these isolated areas or outstanding beautiful and fragility. The hope is that through their efforts, they will bring further awareness to the changes that are occuring in the Arctic and the effect that it has had on the people there.

The Northwest Passage is a sea route through the Arctic Ocean, along the northern coast of North America via waterways amidst the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The various islands of the archipelago are separated from one another and the Canadian mainland by a series of Arctic waterways collectively known as the Northwest Passages or Northwestern Passages.

 

The Northwest Passage has been sought by explorers for centuries as a possible trade route. It was first navigated by Roald Amundsen in 1903–1906. Until 2009, the Arctic pack ice prevented regular marine shipping throughout most of the year, but climate change has reduced the pack ice, and this Arctic shrinkage made the waterways more navigable. 

 

A handful of people have tried to cross the Northwest Passage but, even today, nobody has yet traversed it in a single season under human power. This really is one of the last “firsts” left to be done and Kevin, Paul, Frank, Denis & Ray intend to do this in 2013.

 

 

Sourced from: THE LAST FIRST

To read more and follow their preparations, visit thier website.

 

http://www.thelastfirst.com