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The iceman speaks

In 1984, Jerry Kobalenko (right), then 27 years old, trekked across Labrador, hauling his gear and supplies by sled. "It was the hardest thing I had ever done," he recalled last year in "The iceman returns" (Canadian Geographic, Mar/Apr 2005) after retracing his steps and beating his younger self by seven days.

Over two decades and 7,000 kilometres, Kobalenko has skied, hiked and snowshoed his way into Canadian history, joining an elite circle of explorers whose passion lies in icy landscapes.

This past summer, the Canmore, Alta.-based Kobalenko ventured to Labrador once again, this time to research an upcoming story on Torngat Mountains National Park Reserve. And in September, he will share stories and photographs from his extreme adventures during The Royal Canadian Geographical Society's fall lecture.

Kobalenko speaks in Halifax on Sept. 25 and in St. John's on Sept. 26.

Photo: Jerry Kobalenko

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