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  • 23 April 2014: Audio Update - 23 Apr - SCARPA Team Newswire copy
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  • 23 April 2014: Day 39. No Crazy Ice - SCARPA Team Newswire copy

    Yesterday evening we decided to chronicle setting up camp on video and of course everything went wrong. First, we were both very tired and moved slowly. Then, one of the poles wouldn't seed and one rope that keeps the vestibule pole from splaying out came untied and to add insult to injury, one ice screw was full of ice and wouldn't go in.

    Today with no poperazzi watching everything went smoothly. Although, we did have a good laugh at the fact that we do a lot of camp set up on our knees. Its easier than bending over and it actually feels better than standing after skiing and snowshoeing all day.

    The possibility of a clear day with good visibility diminished shortly after striking camp this morning and we were left with flat light that had us skiing straight into snowbanks.

    Luckily, we didn't any crazy ice today and the wind was down so we weren't fighting a ton of negative drift.

    Crazy ice is what we call the massive pressured ice/fractured ice/rubbled ice that we've been getting into lately (usually near the end of the day.

    As you may know, today is Earth Day which for me serves as a reminder of two basic things.

    1. The world is an amazing place and its important to get outside every once and a while to explore and enjoy it. It doesn't have to be a huge expedition, either. Local park, a lake, whatever!

    2. Our health is directly connected to the health of our planet. It is important that we all do our part. 'Begin with one step...' is something I often say. There is no question that we all need resources to live and survive , but which resources, and in what proportions are important questions to ask.

    Thanks again for following along.

    Distance traveled: 13.3 nautical miles

    Image: Home. (View Post...)
  • 22 April 2014: Audio Update - 22 Apr - SCARPA Team Newswire copy
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  • 22 April 2014: Day 38 - SCARPA Team Newswire copy

    Ryan Dispatch: The ups and downs of Polar Expeditions...can be the most difficult part of the journey. There is figurative and literal truth to that.

    We are always up and down mentally here since it is a hard place just to live in for a short term period of time. Throw in injury, news from home, the many inconveniences that are always happening and it is a wonder how we stay sane up here. Maybe there is the problem right there.

    Now throw in the literal ups and downs of trying to ski across ice in a whiteout over the peaks and valleys of the countless wind features, which you can't see until you already into the side of one or over. This has a tendency to shift your mood into that downward spiral, which I encountered this morning. At the same time both Eric and me were both down, and that is a hard place to get out of as a team. I decided I could write a catchy tune called crying in your goggles.

    We kept our wits about us and kept on skiing after soup break into an ever clearer day that ended with sun and no wind, and of course back up a bit mentally. Well we are tired, imagine that so off to bed now. Cheers.

    Distance traveled: 10.8 nautical miles

    Image: Ryan jumping over a small crack. (View Post...)
  • 21 April 2014: Audio Update - 21 Apr - SCARPA Team Newswire copy
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