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Another High Wind Day

By Ed Viesturs - May 7th, 2008

Via Satellite Phone - LISTEN IN!

Hey everyone, it's Ed Viesturs calling here, on behalf of John Stetson and myself. Wednesday night May 7th. We decided not to move today. It was very, very windy   all through the night and in through the afternoon and we could have moved had we had to, but it was about 10 degrees outside with 40-50 mph winds. It would have been quite a struggle. We only have about three days, or so, of travel to get us back in to Pond Inlet so we decided not to push things and hang out in the tent. We did have to get out for awhile to dig ourselves out. We're tucked behind this big rock and because we're in the lee of the windward side the snow tends to drift on this end and because of the wind last night it drifted on to part of the side of the tent. So we spent some time outside today shoveling the snow off the tent. Other then that it was just kind of a lot of hanging out, something that I'm quite familiar with in the big mountains and the storms, is hanging out reading books, relaxing a little bit, stuff that we normally don't do at home when we're real busy. But it was nice to be here in this environment, watch the wind blow through the rocks, and have the snow scraped off the ice. This is a very typical Artic kind of day to be gray and windy, and blowy and cold. But we were very comfortable in our tent all day. The wind now, at about 7:00pm is starting to abate. It's almost calm, there's a slight, slight breeze. And our plan now is to get moving again in the morning. We'll get up around 6:00 or 7:00 and we'll be out the door. And start heading down the water course which is now the Salmon River. It's a little twisty and turny but we should after a couple days intersect with our original camp II and then from there head out the stream to the sound and from there to Pond Inlet. So by late Saturday, hopefully, we'll be back in town. That's all I have for now. We'll call you with a progress report tomorrow and thanks again for checking in.



Comments

I wish I were there

It is spring in Wisconsin and I am missing the snow. Thanks so much for sharing your experience. Those days "stuck" in a tent can be such a gift. I enjoyed listening to your call. It gave me back just a hint of that feeling.

Posted on May 8, 2008 - 9:02am
by Mary Fleming

SOLITUDE WITH GRATITUDE

Ed and John, I can understand how nice it is be in solitude and just do the things you normally don't get to do. It doesn't bother me when I'm stuck in a tent/one location all day, I revel in it. Plus, I'm fine with being with my own thoughts, off to the side by myself. Best wishes for a safe completion to your expedition. Art H, Maryland USA

Posted on May 8, 2008 - 5:03am
by Art Huseonica

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