My guest on Episode 38 of the Paul Kirtley Podcast is Justin Barbour, also known as the Newfoundland Explorer. In the Spring of 2017 Justin and his dog Saku set off on a a traverse of Newfoundland. Starting on snowshoes and hauling a sled, Justin switched to backpacking and pakrafting once the conditions allowed. 68 days and 700km later, Justin and Saku had crossed the island of Newfoundland from West to East, beginning on the Gulf of St Lawrence and ending up in Cape Broyle on the Atlantic Ocean. The population density of Newfoundland is considerably less than Canada as a whole, which is not densely populated anyway, and the interior of Newfoundland is largely remote wilderness.
In the conversation, we get into how Justin’s wilderness adventures escalated from a night or two out in the bush to a much grander scale. Justin described his 2017 journey as “a big challenge and an unforgettable blessing”. In 2018 Justin took on an even bigger challenge, this time in Labrador, the mainland part of the province of Newfloundland and Labrador, Canada, during which he covered 1,700km. We discuss these wilderness journeys, the skills he needed, the lessons he learned and much more. Plus we touch on what’s next for Justin and for his faithful companion Saku.
Our conversation forms Episode 38 of the Paul Kirtley Podcast…, which you can listen to below…
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