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Going to the extreme

What compels a person to spend 15 years of his life criss-crossing one of the country’s harshest terrains — alone, by foot, with only a sled full of food and gear? For adventurer and photo-journalist Jerry Kobalenko, a love of the Canadian Arctic and a spirit of discovery are what has drawn him back to the frozen expanse of Ellesmere Island year after year. In his journeys, he has covered more of Canada’s northernmost island than anyone else in the world. In October, Kobalenko will hit the road a little farther south — in Winnipeg and Regina — to convey the excitement of his trekking experiences. “I want to share my passion for the High Arctic,” he says, “so that the audience will understand the lure of the North.” His lectures will touch on his art of sledding, life in the cold and the natural and human history of Ellesmere.

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