Minnesota explorer Will Steger has begun his solo spring trek in the remote, rugged Canadian Arctic.

Steger last updated followers in a blog post on his Wilderness Center web site Monday. He said he is “geared-up and anxious to leave” – and monitoring high winds and harsh weather.

“There’s supposed to be somewhat of a snowstorm (Tuesday). … I’ll be vulnerable to the wind, but the wind is actually good news because it’ll keep the snow off the trail.”

Steger, 73, said he intends to check in from Black Lake in northwestern Saskatchewan after day one on his 1,000-mile, 70-day trek. It will be Steger’s longest solo expedition. “It’s going to be all very interesting,” Steger told the Star Tribune late last month. “It’s one of the coolest trips I’ve ever taken in my life for total adventure.”

Steger traversed the region on expeditions in the 1980s.

Steger plans to reach his final destination at the Caribou Inuit community of Baker Lake in Nunavut near Hudson Bay in early June. 

Check back to startribune.com/outdoors for updates, or go online to stegerwildernesscenter.org to check posts from Steger.