Svalbard Ski Expedition 2017

Mar 23

#9:
skiing in a pong pong ball

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Our hut night was a nice relief for us all not having to set up tents or worry too much about bears. Justine's tummy improved and Dean's blistered fingers had a few hours relief from the inevitable cold of tent life. Vicks has kept herself ship shape, her experiences on the North Patagonian Icecap and on Antarctic expeditions, shining through. Lorenz, seemingly immune from the cold, slept in the unheated entrance.

We left at 11am and in horribly warm (-6c), overcast and light snowfall conditions we skied back up the valley towards the waterfall. At times we lost all visibility, like skiing in a ping pong ball, as Dean quipped. Other times everything appeared in monochrome - outlines of mountains, foraging reindeer, team members skiing in the flat light, sastrugi - until the sun started to emerge mid-afternoon.

Five minutes before camping a stiff wind blew in from the fiord bringing chills and drift snow and hastening our desire to be tentbound, out last night before returning to Longyearbyen.

Rebecca, Sabine and Tom, we look forward to reuniting tomorrow night!

Eric

Pics of the team skiing in flat light and our sunny but windy camp.


  • Name: Camp 7
  • Elevation: 49 m
  • Latitude: 78° 160North
  • Longitude: 17° 313East

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    2017-03-24 12:37:51 jojo says: i hope all the uncomfortable bits will be over ridden by the spectacular adventure!! XXX
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    2017-03-23 23:06:12 Sarah and Paul says: Well done all. We are very inspired by the team spirit and endurance you have shown.
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    2017-03-23 23:05:55 Mt Creek Hobart says: We had a nice fresh morning here in Tas today, but I think your morning look s a lot colder than what we had....
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    2017-03-23 22:04:00 An embarrassing brother says: Fish, chips, fish, chips, fish, chips, fish, fish fish fish, chips, fish, chips... that last bit looked interminably dull but well done! Very proud in SW6


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