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Viesturs Calls in Final Dispatch

By Ed Viesturs - May 11th, 2008

Via Satellite Phone - LISTEN IN!

Hi everyone, it's Ed Viesturs calling on behalf of myself and John Stetson, it's Sunday May 11, happy Mothers Day to all the mothers out there. We're now back in Pond Inlet staying with our friend Dave Reed, owner and operator of Polar Sea Adventures, he's been gracious and nice enough on both ends of our trip to let us stay in his house, which has been a nice respite from being out in the tent. We came into town yesterday, we skied the final seven miles, it was a beautiful day, kind of sad to leave the interior, but we skied the final several miles out of the Salmon River and then we got back out onto the sea ice of the sound and skied into town here at Pond Inlet. So yesterday was kind of the end of the trip, 107 miles total according to our GPS. We had a great trip. Out of the days we were out we had one rest day, two storm days, and man we learned a lot, I had never down something like that, pulling a sled, going over terrain such as that that, it was exciting, it was interesting, very educational. If we do decide to do a bigger longer larger trip this was definitely the stepping stone we needed to test our equipment, to see what worked, what didn't work, how we might improve the systems that we're using, whether it was the skis, the tentage, the food, the meals, that type of thing. We figure we worked out a lot of the bugs and learned a lot along the way as well. We will be sending in some photos once we get them all downloaded and get to the proper type computer where we can sit down for a minute and organize and send in some photos from the trip, so stay tuned for that, hopefully within the next several days, also like to download a map so we can actually show you and highlight the route we took on Baffin Island. So stay tuned for more, it will be a couple of days, we're leaving tomorrow from pond, an early morning flight to Ottawa, then on Tuesday we'll go our separate ways, I'll head to Seattle and John will head to his home near Duluth. So thanks for following on our expedition this year, it was a lot of fun for both of us, and again check in in a few days or so and we'll be sending in some photos.



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