Day 2 - Wet Feet
If you really want to get your feet wet, you have to first have the courage to step in the water. Eugene Nathaniel Butler
Our team encountered a literal baptism on Day 1 of their expedition yesterday.
Dixie sent this photo of Lorenz which shows him navigating the first of many small rivers that the team encountered during their 2 kilometre struggle up toward the ice cap.
It was a long strenuous day in calm and quite warm weather conditions, with temperatures hovering around +5°C. They were forced to almost constantly meander from left to right and were never really blessed with straight-line progression. The heavily crevassed terrain and even heavier sleds made for a snail's cadence with little distance gained. Nine hours after they unloaded their sleds from the van at their drop-off point, they established their first camp in a rather tricky yet beautiful setting.
Camp 1 coordinates:
N 67 09 10
W 49 59 49
This morning at 08:00 local time, Dixie phoned to report that they had enjoyed deep sleep, a hearty breakfast and had already packed up their campsite. They were pleased to see that the temperatures had dropped below freezing in the night and were eager to get back to work before the relative heat began to rise.
In the preparation phase, Dixie calculated approximately 4-5 days to reach kiting terrain on the ice cap. This morning, after assessing yesterday's initial pace, he warned that it could take them a bit longer. No one feels any pressure to rush and the general team vibe this morning was excellent.
For more information on their progress, please enjoy a visit to the following links:
Expeditions Unlimited (French & English):
*includes tracking via LiveExplorer:
Matthieu Tordeur (French):