Pulling the kayaks to higher ground

Published 18.07 in category In the Footsteps of Nansen

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This is the report for 18 July and Day 78. Our expedition has lasted a while now! We’re camped on the same spot as yesterday. And today’s report could just as easily be an autumn weather report for the North Sea – conditions are pretty rough and bleak. The waves are almost five feet high now, there’s a stiff gale and heavy rains. And it’s been like that all day.

We had to get up in the middle of the night in order to pull our kayaks to higher ground, or risk having them pulled out to sea, never to be seen again. The entire beach here is just gone, washed away by the waves that pound the shore. The weather is not pleasant. Fortunately Thomas and I have an excellent spot for our campsite, so there’s no danger.

Yeah, I mentioned that we have to move the kayaks to protect them from the rough seas that are pounding our shores. But when we close our eyes, we can almost imagine we’re at more southern latitudes, perhaps a Mediterranean beach – anyways, those are the sort of images we’re toying with while relaxing in our warm, protected tent.

This is a great campsite, one of the few really good ones along this coast. Most of it consists of mile after mile of glacier fronts – long stretches. But right here, on this headland, we’re camped on solid ground. And both of us are doing just fine.

We are likely to see more bad weather in the days ahead, and can draw now comfort from the weather reports. There is supposed to be more of the same coming, at least through Saturday. It’s hard to say how long we’ll be here, but we will just have to wait it out.

We did take a walk to explore the area, and spotted an old depot up on the hillside here. Probably from an early 20th century expedition. It can’t have been Jackson’s, because he would have seen and commented it in his diary. There are remnants up there from after an old tent camp; I found a ski and some old runners from a sled, various debris, and some old walrus bones. Clearly somebody was camped here for some time, and they had a depot or observation post. It’s exciting to discover sites like that.

We’ll have a new report for you tomorrow – but I’m afraid our position will be exactly the same.

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