Weekend Warm-Up: Baffin Babes

"There are no babes like the Baffin babes." Photo: Baffin Babes

Ten years ago, four Scandinavian women in their twenties decided to ski across the frozen coastline and ice caps of Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic. Tongue in cheek, they dubbed themselves the Baffin Babes.

Over 80 days, Swedish sisters Emma and Vera Simonsson and Norwegians Ingbjoerg Tollefsen and Kristin Folsland Olsen hauled their 120kg sleds along the coastal sea ice of eastern Baffin, over crevassed glaciers and in and out of maze-like inlets.

The reward for their toil was time among some of the best scenery in the Arctic, even the world. Huge granite monoliths line the snowy 1,200km route from Qikqiktarjuaq in the south to Pond Inlet in the north, as if a rampaging giant had plucked Yosemite from its roots and cast it down on the Baffin coast.

The documentary captures the Baffin Babes’ experiences and emotions over the nearly two months. It’s got bears, poo, crevasses, boredom, tears, the cold and a healthy dollop of goofing around.

Their entertaining take on expedition life makes light of the difficulties of their journey. A nice shift from the usual self-serious expedition films.

Next time I head off on an expedition, I’ll be sure to take an air guitar, wacky dance moves and a better sense of humour.

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About the Author

Ash Routen

Ash Routen

Ash Routen is an outdoor and adventure writer from the UK specialising in adventurous travel and expeditions, such as mountaineering, polar travel, and ocean crossings. Ash juggles a day job as a public health scientist with this second career in outdoor writing.

His words have featured in national newspapers, national and international outdoor and adventure magazines, and various websites. Bylines include Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Outside Magazine, Rock and Ice, and Red Bull.

Alongside writing, Ash also spends some time undertaking his own adventures, and completed a 640 km foot crossing of a frozen Lake Baikal in 2018. His next arctic journey is a 700 km trek along the coast of Baffin Island in Canada.

Read more at www.ashrouten.com

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Damien Francois

Is it only me who finds this kind of photos utterly stupid and plain unnerving? It must be my age, I guess…
Anyway, good luck girls! (Are they?)


Beautiful ladies, great job. Also great production on the technical side, and fun to watch.

Not an Everest Climber
Not an Everest Climber

Cringeworthy photos #feminism #equalrights