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Kayakers on 4,500km trip from Hay River to Bering Sea

Just a few days after the ice broke up on the Hay River, two German kayakers arrived with an ambitious plan. Jan Kruger and Janosch Hagen set out Wednesday (May 14, 2014) on a 4,500 kilometre trip they estimate will take about five months.

"It's our first real adventure together," says Kruger.
It's also their first kayaking adventure: the pair learned to kayak specially for this trip. They'll make their way across Great Slave Lake, down the Mackenzie River to Tsiigehtchic, then over a painstaking, 160 kilometre portage through the Richardson Mountain pass.

Jack Kruger, an RCMP search and rescue coordinator in Hay River, credits the pair for having the right communications gear, but says that if they'd asked him, he would have advised them not to go just yet.

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