Svalbard Ski Expedition 2017

Mar 19

#5:
decisions

Published at 20:54
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Yesterday's intense cold proved an acute learning curve for everyone. Some frost injuries to fingers and toes were revealed which have inevitably altered the course of our objective. I have no intention of taking the team higher into colder and more committing terrain and decided a recovery day was the best course of action, so six of us headed off to the moraine debris at the foot of the Rabot Glacier for an afternoon jaunt. Always concerned about polar bears, we divided our weoponry amongst the divided entities. A reindeer foraging on the valley edge looked suspiciously like a polar bear through the diffused overcast light.

Tomorrow we ski back down the valley to enable an easy vehicle return to Longyearbyen should anyone wish to, an option discussed by some of the team after yesterday's brutal cold.

The cold played equal havoc on the stoves and I've spent much of the evening tinkering and tuning but they're now all purring like sleepy tigers.

Eric

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    2017-03-20 19:28:51 Nicholson HCM says: Some jaunt ! Polar bear or purring sleepy tiger ? Stay strong and safe, thinking of you all.
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    2017-03-20 19:27:07 Nicholson HCM says: Some jaunt ! Polar bear or purring sleepy tiger ? Stay strong and safe, thinking of you all.
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    2017-03-20 18:28:59 Binz family says: Hey out there. Think of sunny Switzerland and keep defrosted! Good luck!
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    2017-03-20 15:11:16 Mikhail says: You are in danger unless you are back to Kroa, guys!
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    2017-03-20 02:48:43 Rob swan says: Eric is your man please follow his lead Rob
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    2017-03-19 21:55:37 Swiss Family Nicholson says: Thinking of you all and sending the very best of luck from some very proud supporters!
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    2017-03-19 21:06:23 Keith says: Brutal - sounds colder than the SP! Keep those fingers, toes and earlobes moving.
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    2017-03-19 20:56:55 Ben says: Sounds like a tough trip - but you are all in great hands with Eric there.


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