62.6129N,92.1709W=0A=0AIt has been pretty steady since leaving Whale Cove – around 10 nautical miles a day through cloudy and breezy conditions. Today was pleasing as we managed 10km in the first three hours (normally we mange around 8 or 9) and this was in spite of lots of curves to go round headlands and rough ice at the coast. We camped early though as the wind was picking up and a few of the locals who passed us on their skidoos warned us of a blizzard closing in so we wanted to be nicely prepared to hunker down in case of the worst. =0A=0AWe are now about 23km away from Rankin Inlet. We have decided that it will be best to stop here as we are into May now and the snow and ice will start melting and breaking up soon. We have already had a couple of very warm days where the surface snow got very sticky and heavy because of the melt water. Indeed one day it even rained considerably, removing quite a lot of the loose snow and making it harder to find good spots to camp to get snow for melting for our own water. =0A=0AIt seems strange that we are coming to an end – pleasing but sad. It has been obvious for sometime that we wouldn’t make the initial objective of Resolute though, given the problems with the equipment that took so long to “resolve” (but even then still persisted), we are delighted to have been able to make it this far north. But still, the thoughts of What If? linger in the mind. Had we done things differently, could we have got further? Maybe. But it’s a hypothetical question and everything in response is just speculation. Ultimately we are learning all the time – not forgetting that almost four years ago we had almost no outdoor experience at all!!=0A=0AWhat is really pleasing for us both is not just making it this far but also having done it whilst going through some incredibly challenging and difficult situations in a very unforgiving environment; working really well as a team, keeping each other motivated over the past four and a half months; and learning a massive amount about long expeditions in the polar environment as we have gone. Indeed the equipment problems that we have endured have helped us also in working out solutions to keep us going through the freezing cold and difficult terrain. And, we have remained in good health, with skin in really good condition (in spite of our abuse of it on the cold(!!)) thanks to Cetaphil!=0A=0ABut anyway!! We haven’t got to Rankin Inlet yet, so still a bit more to do!!
- Auyuittuq National Park Expedition
- Bolivia Mountaineering Expedition
- Book Reviews
- Cetaphil Arctic Canada Challenge
- Daylong Challenge South America
- Land's End to John O'Groats – Winter Tour
- Polar Survival Training