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Grounded by Wind

By John Stetson - May 6th, 2008

Via Satellite Phone - LISTEN IN!

Hello there, this is Stetson and Viesturs out here on Baffin Island. We had an interesting day today. It is May 6th. Interesting in the fact that we didn't go anywhere. When we woke this morning at our usual time the wind was still nuking high and we made the executive decision to remain right where we are right now. And right where we are right now we are just having dinner here at 6:00pm. The snow is piled up 2-1/2 feet deep on our leeward side of the tent. We need a little excavation crew after dinner. But mostly we spent the day figuring out all the nuances of our watches and GPS, and reading the backs of all the packages, and writing in our journals, and having some nice discussion about this most pristine and beautiful place that we are in. And how the health of a place like this is so important and it's directly related to how healthy human beings are. But we also, and mostly, talked about how just being out here, even though we're not on Annapurna or Everest or on some North Pole expedition we are doing this trip as part of a connection. It's sort of the way Ed and I recharge our batteries being out in these wild places, which is incredibly beautiful. We circumnavigated this small little ice cap. It's a place called the Untouched Land. It was interesting as we were talking today how this untouched land and the people who live here don't even go up in there because of the barricade of glaciers, yet our western culture with our carbon fingerprint has reached down with a fingerprint and has caused these glaciers to recede and changing the whole dynamics of the landscape with the way the climate change is effecting everything. We were just wondering why it has taken so long for people to really get on board with climate change when it's been so obvious in the mountains and the Artic for so long. It's particularly interesting for us, or course, right now, because we've been watching the wind all day long and just it's been absolutely spectacular to be in this place where there's not anybody around for quite a ways and being out in the middle . . . (transmission ends)



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