The Epic Series is rated to perform in temperatures as cold as -70°C/-94°F during moderate activity. This series is a collection of technical, lightweight expedition worthy boots featuring our waffle-comb foot-bed to trap warm air under your foot. With IcepawTM Design pads, which improve contact-point grip on ice, and our ArcticTM Rubber compound in the shell to provide flexibility in cold environments, the Epic Series has everything you need in a performance winter boot.

Features:
– Waterproof seam-sealed upper
– Full-grain insulated leather
– Multi D-Ring with lace fastening

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Paul

Our first day on the ice and all the equipment is checking out fine! The boots and the Flexi binding combo is as always a success. We left from Iqaluit after a morning of double-checking food, equipment and logistics for our dogsled trip across Auyuittuq National Park.

The first stage of skiing was a shot from Mother Arctic to warn us that we weren’t in Kansas anymore. Howling winds straight at us and blowing snow at “who knows what” with the wind chill, gave us a thrown in at the deep end feeling. The skiing was flat across Frobisher Bay which was a blessing as the sleds were weighted down with an additional 100 lbs of dog food for training purposes. Yes, I need the work!

We skied until an hour before dusk and set camp close to a small island on some good hard ice. Fortunately the weather had cleared and we settled into a fairly warm -10, no wind tonight. Matty had the camp routine well practiced and we were quickly in tents, warm and well fed. It amazes me how comfortable you can feel in a small cramped tent after a hard cold ski. Most people may find the tent a very harsh way to spend the night but its all a matter of appreciation and perspective.

Cheers, Hub

Paul:

Alright, we have finally flown out of Patriot Hills and have landed on the Antarctic Plateau. After a hurried start to the day the weather guru gave us the thumbs up and we scrambled to get our gear loaded into the ‘Canadian’ twin otter.

It was a great flight. The plane flew low so views of the spectacular Antarctic expanse were awesome. We touched down for a refueling stop at the halfway mark. It was bizzare to see three ALE folks parked in the middle of nowhere with a hundred drums of aviation fuel. They had just travelled by snowcat for three days to service the fuel cache and happened to arrive at the same time as we did.

The plane has departed and we are now the only humans for over a 100km, ice as far as you can see in every direction. Fortunately, even though the temperature is hovering around -20c the tent is dry and relatively comfortable. After camping on the ice tonight, it’s off tomorrow for 8 hours of skiing. The real fun has just begun!

Cheers, Paul

89.2853N,095.1937E – North Pole

Paul:
The sun is shining, it’s 23 below. This has been a great but mixed day. We started out with an overcast morning and a few inches of fresh snow. This made the sled pulling tough as the new snow adds more friction than the packed ice. The team did great however and with no negative flow we plowed on to a 12 mile day. All the guys are in great spirits although we’re exhausted. Late in the afternoon I was ready to fold but Mark and I skied side by side and gabbed and it took our minds off the fatigue. Brent on the other hand had the iPod going to keep his mind occupied, and Doug admitted to me at our break he was gassed as well. So after a good freeze dried meal and a hot chocolate, we’re ready for the sack. Love to Luisa and Ryan, see you at the pole.

Mark:
Good pullin’ was had by all; however, the mind is a powerful tool and can really play games with you. I have still held out on my iPod but come closer each hour to caving. Today when my energy level sunk, so did my mental strength and I have come to realize a few things: you are never within your comfort zone here. You are either keeping warm by trekking and thus wearing yourself thin or resting your body but aching and cold as ice. Thankfully my body has come to adjust to polar life. Brent and I have also learned to really appreciate fresh water and realize how much we take it for granted back home. It is now painful to think of countries without fresh water access. Learning a lot about myself and in general, but missing civilization. Love to all the family. Did a quick voice dispatch tonight on www.iceaxe.tv, More cheers, More beers, enjoy the weekend!

Brent:
Today we had a bit of a late start (10:00am), but made up for it with our longest distance yet. The arctic looked spectacular today. This could be because I finally pulled out the iPod and was feeling higher than a kite. Travelling across this polar wasteland makes me feel like Luke Skywalker on the snowy planet of Hoth. Yes, the force was with me today. My recently healed right elbow is really starting to ache, hopefully this is only temporary. Things I am starting to miss: guitar, hot tubing under the stars, sitting in a chair, but most of all the center of my toonie, which I am feeling incomplete without. I am extremely exhausted and am going to get some rest for another big day. I miss you all very much, especially you. Quote of the day: “It’s clobberin’ time!” – The Thing. Arctic Fox out.