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An epic adventure from ocean to ocean

November 30, 2012
By Josh Moniz - Staff Writer , The Journal

NEW ULM Minneapolis resident Pete Marshall, who participated in an epic Pacific Ocean to Atlantic Ocean canoe expedition through the Canadian wilderness, gave a presentation on his trip Thursday at the New Ulm Library.

The 2012 Trans-Territorial Canoe Expedition was a 2,600-mile journey that took 130 days to complete. It started at the Pacific Ocean, traveled through the rivers of the Yukon and Northwest Territories of Canada and advanced to Hudson Bay to reach the Atlantic Ocean. Marshall completed the epic trek with three friends, all of whom had also graduated from Cathedral High School in St. Cloud. The expedition began on May 8, 2012 and concluded on Sept. 14, 2012.

Marshall detailed the daily adventures and challenges, which ranged from avalanche-blocked routes to intense temperatures to the unusual challenges of contracting trench foot. He detailed the natural beauty and splendor witnessed during the trip - a reward for the group's struggles.

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Pete Marshall discussed his epic adventure across the rivers of the Canadian wilderness from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday at the New Ulm Public Library.

An avid canoe enthusiast since the age of 16. he came up with the idea of the trip in 2009 when he was about to start graduate school. He had wondered if the route had ever been done, then discovered a path that could be taken. He spent the subsequent years fundraising for a large portion of the trip's cost and organizing the group.

"We all ended up doing it because we wanted an adventure," said Marshall, "[I share my story] because it's important for people to have a healthy imagination and dream big. It's important to follow through on your dreams."

Marshall is currently writing a book about the expedition and working on the film footage shot during the trip to create a short documentary. He hopes to wrap up a rough version of the documentary by January and a rough draft of the book by summer.

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