Owen Enright and four friends spent 69 days this past summer kayaking the challenging, rugged outside passage from Alaska to Vancouver Island.
The group covered a few dozen kilometres each day on average, spending a lot of their time fishing and foraging for food as well as paddling.
Every few weeks, the team would stop to replenish their stocks at a set drop-off point but, the rest of the time, they were self-sufficient and isolated.
Being so exposed to the elements and reliant on the natural world made environmental concerns already on Enright’s mind more important to him.
“We’re living in a time where there’s a lot of turmoil between ourselves and the environment and how we’re treating it,” said Enright, who previously worked as a kayak guide and is now going into teaching.
“I’ve always been environmentally conscious but I feel like I have a much larger reason to protect this place now.”