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Man accomplishes stand-up paddleboard trip from Duluth to Arctic Ocean

The approximately 920-mile trip was from Duluth to James Bay on the Arctic ...

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Jared Munch
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DULUTH — Jared Munch completed his paddleboard voyage from Duluth to the Arctic Ocean on Thursday.

After around a month traversing lakes, streams and wilderness, Munch, 26, ended his approximately 920-mile stand-up paddleboard trip from Duluth’s Brighton Beach to James Bay in the Arctic Ocean on July 25, according to an online map tracking his progress.

His trip started along Lake Superior’s North Shore, where he went from Duluth to Ontario’s Michipicoten River. Then, he paddled up the Michipicoten and portaged to the Missanabie River, which he then paddled down to reach James Bay.

To prepare for the voyage, he lifted weights, took paddling trips on hard whitewater rapids and surfed major bodies of water, among other things, Munch said in an interview before he left.

On Tuesday, he posted on Facebook that he was staying in the Hudson Bay Fur Trade Company that night.

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"Feels good to be in civilization and get cleaned up after two weeks of living in a tent with increasingly wet/stinky belongings," his post read.

This isn’t Munch’s first major voyage. In the summer of 2015, he was the first person to stand-up paddleboard around Lake Superior. It took 49 days to complete the 1,350-mile trip.

Munch asked for donations for his trip, which all go to Neighborhood Youth Service outdoor youth program.

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Jared Munch tries out his new stand up paddleboard at Brighton Beach on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 in Duluth, Minnesota. Munch will leave from the beach on Monday on his way to paddleboard to the Artic Ocean. Ellen Schmidt/eschmidt@duluthnews.com

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