Yesterday we did a lot of work to finally get down from the ice. We found a very nice place for it and it took us about 4 hours to descend.
Then we went over the mountains and we arrived in the most beautiful place in the world for our campsite. High above we can see the ice and the San Rafael glacier and we have a view over the lagoon as well.
Weather was absolutely beautiful yesterday, and today it looks like it will be the same, a little overcast, no rain, just like paradise. We enjoy Patagonia, we enjoy being out of the ice and on firm ground again
I (Bengt) had a lot of different weather trips this year and this has been a different one, a beautiful weather trip, which we are enjoying very much.
Now the backpacks are still heavy, but not that much so it will be a pleasure to carry them!
Hard but good day. Started the carry at 9, and were in camp 11 hours later…
We now have all our equipment up at 500 metres above sea level, but there is no ice here. The glacier has retreated enormously, and t is hard to recognize anything from the last time I was here in 2003. We are only 500 metres from our old campsite, but that place doesn’t exist anymore, and I guess the glacier has retreated 500 metres horizontally and 100 metres vertically.
So tomorrow we need to do a bit more carry. Hallgeir and I did a reconnaissance trip and found a good entry point. From there it doesn’t look to bad ahead, but we have to use crampons since there is no snow at this altitude. We also found remains of old expeditions there, some old skis and a broken kayak
Today we have seen the shy Huemul animal, the Patagonia deer (Hippocamelus bisulcus). Quite small and not shy at all, she has probably never seen humans before.
Weather has been great today, it started raining around 7pm, and still rains, but through the woods we had sunshine and warm weather.
Our position: Lat-48deg19'54" Lon-73deg30'33" Alt +350 m (11m32s ago) 02-Nov-2013 00:36:59 UTC
Yesterday we sailed from Tortel and towards the glacier.The wind was luckily from the south so that we could access the inner part of the fjord, and carry all the equipment and a small rubber boat up to the lake.We drove with the rubber boat across this 2 Km long lake, and put up camp at the beach.
I knew there were trout there, so I brought a fishing rod. We quickly got three nice trouts, before Vince borrowed it and got a 2 kg.
Today we have done the first carry , up to about 400 metres alktritude. We didnt reach the ice, but are happy with the progeess. It was a hard day, we did almost 12 hours through the jungle, cutting branches and bushes with machete. But now we have a good path and will leave the lower camp, and hopefully be on the ice tomorrow.
Weather looks good for the first part of the day, so hopefully we will get through the jungle before it starts to rain.
Today has been a beautiful day with mostly sun.
We are all well and spirits are high.
Christoffer, one of our team-members, was on the phone this morning to report on progress and conditions. He said they had a good day yesterday, skiing for about 8 hours, doing 5-6 km and climbed around 180 metres of altitude. Not a lot it seems, but they have actually skied twice as far. In between ice ridges and humps they needed to zigzag to find the best possible route through the icefall.
Weather has been great, with sunshine and a couple of sunburned nose tips as result. They celebrated saturday night with a dash of cognac in the coffee, and stated that they are having the time of their life.
Christoffer sends his regards to his nephew, Jesper.
The start is usually always tricky, since they have to go through the transition zone from land to ice and through the most disturbed part of the glacier. But May is a good time of the year to do this trip. Melt-season has not really started yet, and temperatures on the icecap will be reasonable as sun climbs higher towards the summer. So all is well, conditions are good and they are all in great shape.
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Day 2 - Waking up to a complete whiteout, realising they had moved almost 4 km during the night, thanks to the strong drift. Good thing the wind direction had changed as the drift would have taken them too far down, if not.
Skied about 16,6 km in mostly good ice conditions. They had to get across some pack-ice, a bit of climbing, but nothing too much for them to deal with.
Bryony, Eivind and Terry make a strong and positive team! Everything is ok.
They set camp at N 89° 42’/ E 144° 33’