Report from Sunday 24th May. Sent from: Lat 66.226873 Lon -42.913005
"Early day today as well. 02:00am nice but cold. This was a sleepwalking day and i gues the closest we are to a real expedition name is: "The sleepwalking expedition".
All good in camp now. Lazy and long evening.... We will start at normal time tomorrow.
Did 24k's today.
Bengt and team"
Made it !!
Left the ice this morning and spent the day between paddling and carrying.
Nice camp with fire by the side of Stikine river. Great!
Pick up tomorrow.
See you soon for a much detailed report because now short on all the batteries.
Cheers, Vince and Borge !
We started this morning packing our backpacks hoping to get out of the glacier. Our goal was to reach the top of a 900 meter mountain before going down on the other side and camp near by Great lake.
After 2 hours of struggling with our 40 kilos backpacks we decided to turn back. The bushes were too dense !! But we still managed to get a good overview towards the glacier terminus.
Back on the ice, we battled the rest of the day until we finally reached the glacier front. So glad!
We are exhausted. Tomorrow is our last day of food, we need to paddle across Great Lake and then be picked up in the morning of the 24th by a boat. Border line we are! But success across the whole ice cap...
Yesterday, was a great day. No wind and sunshine.
We did 31km in 10 hours. Woke up early, on skies 04:30.
Cold and a lot of friction.
Today we are tent bound... Expect weather to be better tonight, will start early tomorrow again.
Bengt Rotmo sent this message from: Lat 66.326695 Lon -44.169717
" Very hard but amazing experience" declares Borge
"My toughest expedition so far" comments Vince
We have been struggling on Great glacier for about 10 hours today but we manage to go through.This is our last night on the ice but adventures still ahead for tomorrow as we need to carry our equipment up steep terrain on a mountain before going down on the other side and reach Great Lake. If everything is OK we will paddle a part of the Stikine river with our rafts on the 23rd.
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Another short day... We called for weather in the morning, and the message was "get going". So we started early, and got caught up by the weather around 14:00. We pitched camp 9 km from our previous. Plan is to start early tomorrow, probably around 4 in the morning. It is suposed to settle then :)
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8 hours, 22km covered yesterday 19th May.
We had wind from all directions. In the morning it forced us southly, but during the day it became calmer and we could walk straight into it.
On and off total whiteout, although now and then we could see the sun trough the clouds. In the mid of the day the dog team passed us, we could see them a Km to our left. It was a beautiful sight, and a good break from the total white !
Had a couple of small birds visiting us as well !
Bengt and team.
Getting closer to great glacier!
Again great conditions here in Stikine with a beautiful weather. On the way we could have seen an optional exit point called Patterson in case we could not go out either in Le Conte or Great glacier. We kept in mind to exit in great glacier because it is the Southern most ice of Stikine. So we have skied for 12 hours and about 30 km. We really wanted to set camp near by our next challenge for the next day, the technical descent towards great glacier going down from 1900-1600m almost back to sea level. Steep mountains!!
First attempt aborted to reach Great Glacier.
Woke up at 03.00 this morning in order to have colder conditions. It means hard snow, less avalanches and risk of ice falls reduced. So we speeded up our way hoping to reach the start point of our way down. We got there at 06.30. Once upon there, we decided not to attempt the descent at this place. Too dangerous! So we turned back. However, we have seen a possible way down in the far distance. We took a chance to go there and have a look. Finally we arrived at 16.00 on the top of the col leading to the potential route. We scouted it and it looked good. We will try it tomorrow. Wake up 03.00. Good night.
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Skiing for 11 hours in between our camp 8 and our current position at camp 9.
We used the rope in the beginning to travel safely but manage to ski freely the rest of the day on the snowfield.
Finally we had to be roped again as some quite huge crevasses appeared on the last camp.
The Icelegacy Team
The day started with some hours of waiting for the thick fog to burn off, and around 13:00 we left the Dye 2.
Right after we took off with the dogs, a Hercules C-130 was landing at Camp Raven's ice cap landing strip.
Sunny day, and a happy frosty Mike!
Chris and I wish everyone in Norway a great 17th of May!! We will have a 17.mai-tog !
-Sigrid and Dogs
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Hi, back on the track :)
Today we did 13km in 4 effective hours. We already last night decided that today would be a short day.
Went in for a tour at DYE, had a real lazy morning. Said goodbye to the dogteam, that also had a late start because of poor visibility.
When we left DYE we saw a C-130 landing at the airstrip, quite a sight.
Nice weather, suny blue sky the rest of the day! From camp we can se a black dot far far in the horizon. Guess it's the dogs, they must have done a good day as well.
Regards, Bengt and team.
Thursday 14th May:
Is a lot of work with the dogs and it's hard going trying to keep them under control.
Clare and two others skied the 31.5 Km yesterday, and the other 5 including me did the dogs which also involves, skiing, shouting, untangling, encouraging....
We hope to arrive at DYE 2 tomorrow after 22km. DYE is and old relic from America's early warning ballistic systems against the Russians...
Friday 15th May:
We did the planned 22km today, and here we are at our planned stop to visit DYE 2, a surreal experience seeing a building that was evacuated in 48 hours as it was at risk of collapse.... went into the radar dome and just wandered around this ghost structure. +
The dogs are in good form, howling half the time as some are in heat.
Lying here now listening to 32 dogs barking and howling, the lack of sleep is more annoying than anything else.
I (Mike) am back on the dogs tomorrow and Clare is skiing, they will sleep tomorrow night, after I finish driving them on or myself insane...
Weather fabulous today but very cold. An amazing day, sunny and no wind at all.
We had a We had a really good dinner, brownies and a drink before visting the station. In the evening the ski group came and joined us at our campsite.
Here is another portrait of Salo, our Greenlandic dog musher. Not a work of English, but a great character !
Greetings from everybody !