Day 2: Gluttons for Punishment

November 7, 2011 5:10am

November 6, 2011

S70°53.402 E011°32.633

Elevation 2568ft

The climb up the glacier is slow, exhausting and every bit as excruciating as predicted. The day started late given the iridium phone failure and the stellar rescue from Andrei and the folks at TAC. A big thank you there! To see two modified 4X4 pull up next to camp is a little like seeing the fourth wall drop to realize that you are living inside a movie set and reality, it turns out, is on the other side of one of those flats! It also saved us an hour skiing there and back. We’ve had difficulty uploading the blogs and lost another hour inside the tent.Other than that, sleeping was heavenly! The first hours were cold, but the sun rose around 2AM and began blasting the tent. By 6AM, it was cooking in there. We finally left around 1PM and the first part of the day was very warm–around 8C minus, with full sun and no wind. Out here, given the arduous nature of the effort, this is T-shirt weather. In fact, both Eric and I spent a couple of hours without shirts or gloves and I cursed not having shorts with me! Even then, sweat was dripping onto my glasses, and my hands were overheating. The grade started increasing, and the pull worsened accordingly. Each sastrugi depression was good for the sledge to jam to an abrupt stop. I have twio secondary smaller sleds in tow of the big one and often got the double jam! Later in the daay, I simply released the small ones and covered the distance twice. Finally, around five O’clock, Novo disappeared behind the crest of the long fought hill. Theree was something really bothersome about traveling for two days but never losing sight of the station! The wind picked up as the sun lowered its arc and with it the temps dropped to minus 15C.With 20 knots of wind, this ostensibly feels like 25C below. We pushed until 7PM, adding one more hour to yesterday’s time. Still, given the steep grade we are facing, we covered the same distance–about 5 kilometers. It is grueling! We have chosen a route that costs an extra two days of travel in order to mitigate the higher risk of crevasses. They’re around–but so far have been playing nice. Another ten days of this gring and we should start kiting…

4 Responses to “Day 2: Gluttons for Punishment”

  1. Sanni says:

    So great to follow this adventure! Can’t forget the excitement when following up you in the previous one. Kiting is still ten days away, but then you’ll fly again. Keep on avoiding crevasses and sing a song or two while climbing.

    Sunshine from dark Finland,


    • Evgeny says:

      This recipe works with any game meat. For voiesnn back straps or tenderloins cut into 3 or 4 ounce pieces, marinate in Itailan dressing overnight or at lest 3-4 hours in refrigerator. Then drain marinate and prep with the following ingrediants. Take a large yellow or red onion and quarter it. then peel the layers apart to wrap meat with. have a jar of jalopena slices handy to use during wraping procedure. next have a pound of bacon, I use cheap bacon, but any brand will work. Depending on the amount of meat you are preparing you may need additional onion quarters. next I take a onion slice and put a couple jalopena slices inside of onion and layer it around cut voiesnn or other game meat. Do this on top and bottom of meat. next take a half slice or whole slice of bacon, depending on size of meat and wrap tightly around all of the above, sequring with a tooth pick. after you have your meat pieces all wraped you can season to your own taste. I like fresh cracked pepper, sea salt, garlic powder, and cajun seasoning on mine. You are now ready for the grill. Grill on medium to low heat away from flames turning several times with tongs. I also use hickory chips soaked in water for about an hour to put on top of charcoal during grilling process. Can also be cooked with gas grill, but charcoal is better.

  2. Ed swift says:

    Godspeed, my friend! They are shopping our book as you read this. Get home safely. I”‘ll be following everyday. Best : Ed

  3. Hi guys, just a note to say good luck and good winds. You’ve got the best expedition on the ice this year, great to see, and hope it all goes well for you. I don’t envy your pull up from Novo but hopefully blasting across the inner plateau will make it all worthwhile. I’m currently climbing in China, detained by the authorities for being where I shouldn’t, but will be guiding a Last Degree in January. Hopefully we can toast your success in Union Glacier. End of January seems a long way away, eh? Lots of first steps.
    Best Wishes, Damien.

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