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Last Camp of the Trip on Baffin Island

By Ed Viesturs - May 10th, 2008

Via Satellite Phone - LISTEN IN!

Hey everyone, it's Ed Viesturs and John Stetson calling from Baffin Island, it's about 7:30 Friday night, May 9, we're in our last and final camp of the trip. We made about 13 and a half miles today and we only have tomorrow to ski or pull another six miles until we get into the community of Pond Inlet. So this is almost the end of the trip. My GPS ticked off exactly 100 miles today where we are camping as far as when we left. Today was quite interesting because of the wind storms that we've had the past several days all the snow that had been laying over the river and stream ice and lake ice had been blown completely off so we were on glass smooth ice or whatever snow surfaces there were it was extremely hard packed snow. And to make things more efficient we actually walked all day today rather than trying to ski on the glare. And to give ourselves a little bit of traction we both had a set of those little running shoe rubber things with little metal cleats on them and we slipped those on the bottom of our boots and that's how we gained enough purchase and traction to walk on the ice. So we kept plugging along, and here we are, our last camp. A lot of the shallower lakes that we noted today are already melting, whether that's early for this time of year here on Baffin or typical it's hard to say. There was a lot of dirt that had been blown free of snow I think because of wind storm that we had earlier. But it was a nice day, slightly overcast and it was just cold enough that we weren't too hot, so here we are.  We'll give you a call again tomorrow from Pond Inlet, we've got some other things we want to wrap up and discuss and we may send in a few texts as well once we get our hand s on a computer and we can write some stuff up regarding the trip.  Thanks for checking in on Friday night and we'll talk again tomorrow on Saturday.



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