Jerry Kobalenko: Searching for ghosts on Ellesmere Island (Episode #4)

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Jerry Kobalenko is one of Canada’s most experienced High Arctic travelers.

He’s the author of The Horizontal Everest, and Arctic Eden. His writing and photography have appeared in National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveler, Canadian Geographic and Time

He’s also the editor of ExplorersWeb.

He was awarded the Polar Medal in 2018 by Canada’s Governor General Julie Payette, who said: 

“Jerry Kobalenko has skied, hiked, sledded and kayaked more than 16,000 kilometres through the High Arctic over the course of 30 separate expeditions. A professional writer, photographer and ardent arctic adventurer, he has brought his love, passion and knowledge of Canada’s north to a broad national and international audience through his many publications and lectures.”

We spoke about the lure of Ellesmere Island, High Arctic travel, and searching for the traces of historic travelers.

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About the author

Ryan Murdock

Author of A Sunny Place for Shady People and Vagabond Dreams: Road Wisdom from Central America. Host of Personal Landscapes podcast. Editor-at-Large (Europe) for Canada's Outpost magazine. Writer at The Shift. Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

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