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Camped on a Beautiful Icy Blue Lake

By Ed Viesturs - May 4th, 2008

Via Satellite Phone - LISTEN IN!

Hi everyone. It’s Ed Viesturs calling. Sunday May 4th. We’re hanging out here on this beautiful ice lake today, this Sunday. We decided to take the day off to rest a little bit, repair some of our gear which we’ve had some minor breakages. Dry some stuff out, and I’ve got a rolled up solar panel that I unrolled and charged some of our phone batteries, and to just kind of hang out and revel in this beautiful place.We’re camped pretty much about a 100 yards from the snout of this glacier we came up and over yesterday. Camped literally on this icy blue lake. The ice is several feet thick. It’s clear blue, clean ice which we’ve anchored our tent into with ice screws.It’s kind of eerie camped but it’s spectacular to be camped on this sheet of ultra clear ice.We just took a walk to look at the other side of the snout of this glacier and it turns out we probably made the right decision yesterday to get off the glacier where we could. This whole end of the glacier is quite different from the end that we skied up and over.This end ends in a sheet of ice for many hundreds of yards and the end of the glacier terminates in a series of cliffs anywhere from 50 to 100 feet high and it would have been extremely difficult to exit the end of it on this side. So where we went off and how we got off was probably the best option. It was a little steep section where we put in some anchors and we actually lowered the slats on a rope belay and we climbed down and here we are. Yesterday was kind of a high point at about 1500 feet. We went up and over this glacier and now we’re on a series of long lakes and rivers that flow downstream, which we’ll now follow. We’re making the backend of our circle and if all goes according to plan we’ll reach our second camp where we started in a few days. That’s where we’ll reconnect the loop that we just did on our journey.We’ve been following a map. We have a map system with us. We have a couple of Delorean GPS units which have been pre-loaded with those folks with satellite imagery and maps of the island, Baffin Island, that’s how we’re traveling and negotiating and following our route. So we thank them for that. It’s kind of a nice day to hang out in this beautiful, beautiful spot.Going to mention a little bit about our camping system. We’re sleeping in a three man tent that’s a Mountain Hardware (transmission ends, see next dispatch for conclusion).


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