Day 3 - Labyrinth
Our team continues its ascent toward the Greenland Ice Cap via a labyrinth of obstacles including ice humps, crevasses, glacial pools and the occasional thundering stream.
The workload continues to be demanding, but the spirits of our Greenland expedition team remain high. They are balancing their strenuous effort with regular rest pauses, as pictured here yesterday with Cordula and Lorenz.
The weather for this first portion of their journey is welcome and appreciated. While it is a bit warm and humid, the skies remain relatively clear with no precipitation, visibility is excellent and the air is refreshingly pure. Ambient daytime temps yesterday hovered around +5°C.
Last night, after again having to accept a meager 2 kilometres of progress during 8 hours of intense hauling, the team established camp at the following location:
N 67 08 51
W 49 57 11
During the night, the temperatures grazed the freezing point which enabled a soft frost layer to develop on the ground and leave a delicate icy dust on any exposed equipment.
Dixie is extremely pleased with his team's efficiency during the camp set-up and break-down procedures. This morning they were ready to go in just under two hours which is quite remarkable under the existing circumstances. Much of their equipment requires extra care due to the wet conditions, so their time in camp is filled with many small tasks beyond eating and sleeping.
The expedition sleds have become the object of a love/hate relationship during the long hours of navigation in complicated terrain. Dixie and Matthieu are pulling sleds that were designed and produced by our dear late friend Marc Cornelissen, a globally respected polar explorer who tragically passed away in 2015. These polyester composite sleds are 2 meters long and glide in such a way that - based upon previous experience - makes Dixie most comfortable on long expeditions. Their size however allows for clumsy manoeuvres in tight spots.
Using a strategically different approach, Lorenz and Cordula are each pulling 2 sturdy plastic shells developed by our friend and top Swiss adventurer Thomas Ulrich. These sleds are 1.70 meters long and are a bit lighter and more agile than the other pulkas in this tricky topography. The only disadvantage for the moment is that 2 sleds per person are roped together which creates a tipping disadvantage amid the popcorn landscape.
For more information on their progress, please visit to the following links:
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