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Dr. Brad Armstrong & Jim Allan


Tundra Tom has unexpected visitors at the remote wildife camp on the Thelon Barrens when past Canadian clients Dr. Brad Armstrong & Jim Allan dropped in for a surprise visit in Jim's floatplane. Little did they know that the surprise would actually end up being on them - as thier visit was extended by some bad weather!


Dr. Brad writes:

"Presently we sit hunkered down in wind at Thelon Camp – appreciative of it’s amenities of shelter, Tom’s hospitality and an excellent Northern ‘Library’ with books the likes of “Those Were the Days That I Lived and Loved” by Gus D’Aoust, “Galen Rowell’s Inner Game of Outdoor Photography”, “Land of Feast and Famine” by Helge Ingstad, and “Sport and Travel in the Northland of Canada” by David T. Hanbury."

The camp library



Dinner time at the Lodge


"Jim Allan and myself are on a Barrenlands holiday, seeing the country from Jim’s float plane."

While waiting out the weather, Jim caught a bunch of nice grayling at 'Faess Creek' - a tributary of the Zucker River - near where Tundra Tom's Dad's grave is..


Jim watching his airplane like a hawk during the storm. It blew 30 knots or better from the West/Northwest for nearly five days. So much for the one day visit!



Armstrong Thelon canoe trip - 2005


"Having canoed the Thelon river with a group 2 years ago and appreciating the area for its wildlife with video and photo opportunities, it was nice to get back. It’s also nice to do more flying thought the area."



"The history of my father flying Bell 47’s in 1954 and 1955 in Operation Baker and Operation Thelon (the Geological mapping of the area with the G.S.C. – Geological Survey of Canada- in those years)"


Dr. Brad reminiscing...



...and my own flying 30 years ago with the G.S.C. in the Schultz lake area make the Thelon even more memorable."





"A big Low pressure system to the NE has us staying at camp here for the protection of the plane for a few days and a continued chance to see the country. We are enjoying the aura of this camp and the aura of the North!"



Hang on to that hat!

Pretty weird looking caribou!



Just before leaving camp to head back for Yellowknife, Dr. Brad wrote the following poem from the heart about the barrens, and pinned it to the lodge wall:




To you this windy high North day

The sweeping Barrenlands so clear

You who gaze so free and ‘come what may’

Cloud shadows, tundra, the North’s head rears

And greets you sun, air and land enduring

Cherish her lessons and suffer her might

The North expanse sings sweet and luring

And pray her love will treat you right

Obey in praise, rule not in thought

Love the North as you’ve been taught.


-Dr. Brad 2007



This one's for you, Jim!


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