89.2853N,095.1937E – North Pole
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.
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!
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.