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SOI Educator Q&A with Sarah McNair-Landry

This may be Sarah McNair-Landry’s first SOI expedition, but she’s no stranger to the Arctic, or SOI. She grew up in Iqaluit exploring her own backyard, and in 2013 unexpectedly met up with the Arctic 2013 expedition in Auyuittuq National Park. We’re thrilled to have her onboard!

 

What draws you to adventure travel?

Sarah dog sledding. Photo (c) Erik Boomer

Sarah dog sledding. Photo (c) Erik Boomer

I love the challenge, the adventure, working with a team towards a single goal, and traveling to remote places were few people have been. And most of all because it’s fun!

 

Why is the Arctic special to you?

I grew up in Iqaluit, on southern Baffin Island, so the Arctic is my home. It’s one of the most beautiful places I have traveled, and the people who live in the arctic are all so friendly.

 

Tell me a bit about your most recent expedition?

Erik Boomer and myself have just finished a 120 day dog sledding around Baffin Island. In celebration of the 25th anniversary since my parents became the first and only to circumnavigate Baffin Island, we headed out this winter to retrace their route, along with our 16 dogs.

Check out photos and stories at wayofthenorth.com

Photo provided by Sarah McNair-Landry

Photo provided by Sarah McNair-Landry

 

Having lived and travelled in the Arctic most of your life and then crossed the Gobi Desert in 2009, what was that experience like?

Crossing the desert was a huge learning experience for both myself, and my brother Eric. We had grown up in a cold climate, and everything about the desert was new to us. We had to learn everything about desert travel such as water rations, sand storms, speaking mongolian (we usually defaulted to mimes).

 

What are you most looking forward to on the SOI expedition?

I really look forward to meeting and getting to know everyone on the ship!

 

Photo (c) Erik Boomer

Photo (c) Erik Boomer

Any advice to students who are interested in adventure travel but aren’t sure where to start?

Start small, camp in your own back yard with friends. Once you feel comfortable with your skills and equipment, then head out on an overnight trip, then a couple day trip, then a couple week trip and before you know it you’ll have to confidence and skills to head out on longer adventures.

 

Any upcoming expeditions planned?

Always dreaming up new adventure and expeditions, but nothing set in stone yet.

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