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Topping Ellesmere

In June, when author, photographer and adventurer Jerry Kobalenko reached the summit of Ellesmere Island’s Barbeau Peak, the highest North American summit east of the Rockies, he felt compelled to call the man who’d inspired this trip and some 20 others Kobalenko had taken to the Arctic Islands.

"You’ll never guess where I’m calling you from," he announced into his satellite phone as he took in the panoramic view of ice caps and mountain peaks. At the other end, in England, was a delighted Geoffrey Hattersley-Smith, a former glaciologist and field scientist who was the first to lead an expedition up the peak in 1967 (Canadian Geographic, March 1970).

Kobalenko’s climb is just one adventure in "Horizontal Everest", a new CG Presents documentary to be aired in January on the Discovery Channel. The program looks at the remote and captivating realm of Canada’s most northern Arctic island. Viewers will follow Kobalenko, an extreme polar trekker, as he travels from the rich Paleo-Eskimo sites of Alexandra Fiord to the walrus-filled Flagler Bay polynya and the arctic desert around Strathcona Fiord.

Look for broadcast schedules at the Canadian Geographic website.

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