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Ed Viesturs Arrives on Baffin Island Part I

By Ed Viesturs - April 25th, 2008

Via Satellite Phone - LISTEN IN!

Hi everyone, it's Ed Viesturs calling, it's the evening of April 25, and John Stetson and I have finally arrived here at Pond Inlet the community here on the northern end of Baffin Island. After a couple of days of travel we are here, we joked about it, we had really good travel karma, we lost no bags, we had good things happen along the way and nothing went awry and we're here finally. We're able to stay with a friend of ours, that not here right now but he's offered up his house to us, that's where we're basing out of for the next day or so. Tomorrow Saturday we plan to do some more food shopping to supplement what we brought up here, then package our food into man days, load our sleds or pulks as they are called and after doing a lot of other small tasks that we need to do tomorrow at the end of the day we hope to at least go for a couple of hours onto Eclipse Sound and ski around, test our harnesses, test our ski gear, and if all goes well Sunday hopefully we'll be making our foray out to do a long ski tour. Our initial plan is to head straight north pretty much across Eclipse Sound, it's about a 20 mile traverse on quite flat sea ice to Bylot Island, which is this large island, and from there we're going to take a look at a couple of glaciers, and if they look fairly reasonable we want to ski up one of these glaciers and enter the interior of the island, there are some peaks in there we want to take a look at and make kind of a circuit up in there. But it's going to take a couple of days of skiing to cross the sound, it's about 20 miles across, and we can't really make a final decision on what were going to do once we're there until we actually see what these glaciers are like. They are relatively low angle and hopefully relatively few crevasses but we're going to have to evaluate there once we get there. It's been kind of nice to be here finally after all this planning and talking and thinking about it, since we kind of started this idea about a year ago on Baffin Island on Will Steeger's expedition but here we are, we've already interacted and chatted with some of the Inuit here and we want to spend some more time with them tomorrow to get the lay of the land and get some input on what their ideas are as far as . . . (see Part II for conclusion of dispatch).



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