Today was the first full day of dogsledding. It was all about finding what works and what doesn’t. It’s cold enough outside (-15 degrees F without the wind) that every inch of skin is covered. It took me a few tries to find the right covering for my face to keep my goggles from fogging up. As my Dad says, we’re dialing it all in.
Today’s trip took us about 6 hours and got us 5 miles closer to the pole. We actually travelled 2 miles but had some major east and west detours in order to successfully get around a large stretch of open water.
We made camp on a stable piece of ice and made dinner as the wind started to pick up. I am writing this as the wind rattles every inch of our tent and now I get to figure out how to go to the bathroom in these conditions.
Overall, great day today and tomorrow the rhythm continues!
(If you are wondering how these get posted from the North Pole, Alex calls via satellite phone and reads his blog to me (Alex’s Mom, Leslie) and I enter it for him into his blog.)