We never realized how abrasive the snow could be. Once we got to Kugluktuk, we realized that the runners on our toboggans were worn down to the thickness of a dime and that many of the countersunk screws holding the runners down had fallen out. There’s no way we could have made it to our finishing point in Ulukhatktok, which was over 300 miles away. Luckily we found some runners at the local hardware store. They were not cheap!
In these Arctic communities, if you can even find what you are looking for, you will have to pay big bucks for it. Barry, at the cozy three-bedroom Enokhok Inn, let us use his power tools and heated garage to fix up our toboggans. The job of replacing the runners was taking forever, and we were in a rush. We worked 18 hours straight with no food one day and almost as long the next day. I think I was numb when we shot this video.
Keeping your mental focus is tough in situations like this, but don’t throw in the towel. Just try to focus on what you are doing and don’t think of the time stresses you are dealing with. In the far North, time does not dictate your travel–the weather and your safety do. Just accept that if you want to be safe.