Beautiful weather, have done 30 Km's today. Put up the tent to get some rest.
We are now 30 Km from the sea, and will go out 00:30 to do the icefall tonight.
We can see longways into the ocean. Icebergs are frozen into sea ice... great view.
Happy team, Bengt : )
Message sent from: Lat 65.864518 Lon -39.07852
The expedition is getting close to the end.
We will reach the pick up position tomorrow around 13.00, where Anja, Tom, Ian and Chris will fly home.
We are now resting for 5 hours before our last night run.
Claire and Mike will run the last leg with Salo and me to the waterline where people, dogs and equipment will be picked up by boat on Friday going to Isortoq.
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.
Message sent from: Lat 66.390113 Lon -44.842522
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.