Jesse Terry paddling Albany River in great adventure
Tim Brody - Associate Editor
Jesse Terry, lifelong Sioux Lookout resident, has embarked upon another great undertaking.
When he was 16 years old Terry scaled Canadian’s highest peak, Mount Logan.
In 2013 he competed in The Hudson Bay Quest Dog Sled Race, a 330 kilometre trek from Gillam to Churchill, Manitoba.
Terry’s latest adventure is a solo paddle on the Albany River.
Terry began his odyssey of over 800 kilometres on July 25 from Osnaburgh Lake, just south of Mishkeegogamang First Nation.
More than 200 kilometres into his paddle, Terry explained from Eabmetoong / Fort Hope First Nation, where he had cell phone service, paddling the Albany River is something he’s wanted to do since he was a teenager.
“The time was, and is, right now,” he said. “So I wanted to get it done while I can.”
Terry has been travelling approximately 45 kilometres a day.
“I’ll finish at the Arctic Ocean, on James Bay, at the community of Fort Albany,” he informed.
Asked about his trip, he shared, “The most rewarding part has been portaging my gear (three loads) over the long portages, just after clearing them (cutting and removing fallen trees) with my power saw.
“The most challenging part has been the time away from my children, and eating enough food. I’m working very hard, with long days and getting enough calories in me has been a challenge.
He added, “The nice thing about canoe trips, as opposed to backpacking, is that I’m never carrying everything at once. So I’m carrying lots of extra food and things to keep me comfortable for the time I’m out.”
“The trip has been AWESOME so far,” he said. “Been feeling great, travelling long days, and pushing myself physically and mentally. I’m stoked and excited for the next leg of the journey too... lots of spectacular scenery along the way, beautiful views, powerful waterfalls, abundant wildlife, amazing clouds, beautiful sunsets/sunrises.”
Part of his gear includes a satellite phone and a SPOT device.
He described the SPOT device on his Facebook page. “The device lets me send the same pre-loaded message. Therefore, I cannot change the message every day. Rather the message stays the same but my location changes. Also, I cannot read or comment once I leave the Internet in a community. This device also lets me send an emergency signal to call for help if needed.”
The message his SPOT device sends out is, “All good paddling down the Albany River! Ohh Ya!”
“I will continue to send SPOT messages every night with a link to my location for those interested,” he shared. Asked how his latest adventure compares to his past exploits, he replied, “Every adventure is somehow different. But they are all similar too in other ways. Climbing Mount Logan was another huge experience in my life that made me grow in ways that I could have never imagined.
“For me these big adventures, journeys, and expeditions are self-growth, thought intense, mental and physical concentration, where you put yourself outside your comfort zone. Embracing your fears is crucial for this growth to happen - for me anyway.
“I would like to thank my family and friends for all the support, encouragement, and love. Without them behind me, these adventures would not be possible.
“I tell people that I started going on long remote canoe trips when I was still in the womb. My parents always took me and my siblings on long remote canoe trips ever since we were all newborns. This is part of who I am,” he added.
Terry thanked the people of Eabmetoong / Fort Hope First Nation for their kindness and generosity, while he was passing through.
Terry said he plans to arrive in Ogoki Post / Marten Falls First Nation by today, and anticipated reaching Fort Albany on James Bay about five days from now.