Episode 8: The Torngat Diaries: David Spadavecchia

It’s 5:00 a.m. and there is no way I can sleep. I start preparing my backpack and cameras, making sure the batteries are fully charged and memory cards are empty—there won’t be a single spot to recharge or backup for six days while we’re in the Torngat Mountains. So that’s it: today we leave Base Camp and begin our trek out to the big land!

My stomach rumbles—maybe because I’m starving, maybe because the excitement is too much to handle. I head for the kitchen and the cozy lights and smiles of the people cooking just puts me in the right mood to start this adventure.

Eggs, bacon, pancakes, fruit, a bowl of Cheerios and milk, toast with peanut butter and jam and some juice. I don’t usually eat breakfast, let alone that much in the morning, but what can I say—I had a lot of time to wait, excitement and adrenaline were fast rising, and the  crisp air left me famished!

Gary Baikie comes into the cookhouse and we chitchat about the trek and about our bear guides. He tells me about Eli and Andrew—great guides who, as it turns out, will give me a strong sense of the Inuit culture of this vast land and leave me with some understanding of how solid a person’s character must be to live here.