Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Up and over the mountain...

Today the team continued their journey up and through the pass of the two mountains next to the Thiel resupply point, then down the other side, and then up again towards the polar plateau. Despite the ups and downs (no pun intended) they made over 24 kilometers and ended at S85.35.622, W 87.20.883. This mileage was made in 10 hours of travel, which is quite good for the team, considering they have heavy sleds again.

We received a new batch of photos from the expedition and will post them over the coming days. The photo below shows the process of melting water, a continual task that takes almost every minute of time in camp, depending on the number of hours you spend in camp of course. Melting snow into water outside is a luxury that comes with having such nice weather. It is most commonly done either in the vestibule of the tent, or in the tent itself.

Believe it or not there is a trick to melting water. If you start the process by putting snow in a pot then heating the pot you are bound to have water that tastes burnt. Rather the correct way to melt snow is to start with a little water and slowly add more snow in small quantities. If you add too much snow at one time it will absorb all the water and you will end up with the same burnt taste. Thus, you need to be mindful, and it is best to plan your day so that you end up with a little water to start the melting process. It goes much quicker!

Any guesses who the person in the photo is? The first person to contact us with the correct response will get special shout out in the next blog!

Making water takes hours every day. Can you guess who this mystery person is?
Make sure to listen to Dennis' audio update and check back again tomorrow for another update from the team!

1 comment:

  1. I dont think it looks like my old man Dennis, so my guess is BB?

    From Tim Woods