In Franklin's Footsteps

This expedition is happening July 25th - August 8th, 2018

For Live tracking of the expedition, please scroll to the bottom of the page.
 A painting HMS Erebus in the Ice, 1846, by Francois Etienne Musin, 19th century.

A painting HMS Erebus in the Ice, 1846, by Francois Etienne Musin, 19th century.

With the recent underwater discoveries of Sir John Franklin’s two vessels, the Erebus and Terror, the mystery of what happened to Franklin and his team may be finally coming to a close. A team of 4 elite athlete-adventurers is traveling to King William Island in the Canadian Arctic on July 25th, 2018 to retrace the presumed route of Captain Sir John Franklin’s doomed crew. Starting at Cape Felix, located in the northwest corner of the Island, the team will attempt what has never been done before in a single season - to travel overland in the summer and without the assistance of motorized transportation to Terror Bay - a distance of well over 100 miles. Unlike teams of the past, this group will self-support using the innovative Monowalker trekking system, and unlike teams of the past, they will travel a short distance inland as opposed to along the coast - utilizing the glacial geology in hopes to find additional routes used by Franklin’s men as they explored the island. The team is also supported by Canadian satellite imaging company Urthecast - and will be using high-resolution satellite imagery captured specifically for this project to help identify areas of interest along the route. 

This desolate and water-logged landscape will test this experienced team of explorers and if all goes well, yield additional clues about the historic expedition and what exactly happened to the boats and crew. With the support of the Nunavut Government, the team has consulted the leading Franklin authorities and are bringing a spirit of collaboration and sharing to this project. All media inquiries can be directed via email to Drew Goldsack: drew@adventurescience.ca

A big thank you to our sponsors/supporters who have helped to make this expedition possible: Merrell, Stoked Oats, Urthecast, Farm to Feet, Monowalker, First Air and The University of North Alabama.

 Map showing the search routes for Sir John Franklin’s lost (and recently found) ships. The larger, more southern blue circle indicates the area that Erebus was found, whereas the smaller more northern blue circle indicates the area that the Terror has allegedly been found. (Map: Chris Brackley/Canadian Geographic)

Map showing the search routes for Sir John Franklin’s lost (and recently found) ships. The larger, more southern blue circle indicates the area that Erebus was found, whereas the smaller more northern blue circle indicates the area that the Terror has allegedly been found. (Map: Chris Brackley/Canadian Geographic)

 Map showing the location of the ship wrecks in relation to where they were known to be abandoned and King William Island where most of the crew artifacts have been found.

Map showing the location of the ship wrecks in relation to where they were known to be abandoned and King William Island where most of the crew artifacts have been found.

 Map showing past search areas for Franklin's ships as well as known artifact sties marked with an 'X'. The  RED  line indicates the general route that the Adventure Science team is planning to travel on foot during the In Franklin's Footsteps expedition.

Map showing past search areas for Franklin's ships as well as known artifact sties marked with an 'X'. The RED line indicates the general route that the Adventure Science team is planning to travel on foot during the In Franklin's Footsteps expedition.


THE TEAM:

Update 1:

(June 25th, 2018) The Adventure Science team has secured all required permits for the expedition and will begin staging for the trip on July 23rd/24th in Calgary, AB. The four person team will then depart for the expedition on July 25th from Edmonton, AB. For updates on the expedition, you can follow us through social media on Instagram: @AdventureScience, Facebook: facebook.com/AdventureScience and Twitter: @Adventure_Sci

Update 2:

(July 25th, 2018) The Adventure Science team is on their way to King William Island! After a day spent staging/testing gear yesterday, the AS team flew out of Edmonton early this morning bound for Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, 250km north of the Arctic Circle. The team of four will make their final preparations this evening in Gjoa Haven and then will take a Twin Otter plane another 175km north to Cape Felix on the northern tip of King William Island where they will be dropped off and their self supported trek will begin!
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A big thank you to expedition sponsor First Air, Fly the Arctic for helping to get the guys and all their gear safely to Gjoa Haven!

Evening Update: The team has arrived safely in Gjoa Haven and is making final preparations to depart for Cape Felix tomorrow!


Live Tracking:

Live GPS tracking of the team can be seen on the map below. To view their track, click on 'Simon Donato' and then click the 'Center' icon, then click on the '+' symbol on the right side of that box to see their past track. (Please note that the location will update roughly every 10 minutes so the track does not indicate an exact path traveled.)