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Pressure ridges and Progress - Part 1
  • Story Owner: Mark  Andresen
  • Story Title: North Pole
  • Story Created: Monday, March 24, 2014, 11:06:00 PM
  • Chapter Author: Mark Andresen
  • Chapter Created: Sunday, April 06, 2014, 4:02:00 PM
  • updated: Wednesday, April 08, 2015 3:18:00 PM

Fun and cold day today. Woke up and made water (as usual) and got on our way as quickly as we could. We are still working on our personal space organization as a work in progress. Three of us in a small tent make for confined quarters for us and our gear. And, as many of us know Mike likes to spread his wings.

I have the front corner of the tent and Mike explained the legal concept of a right of way easement in and out of the tent. Mike also discovered that it is not a good idea to talk to me before I eat breakfast. All he could say is how sorry he feels for the kids.

Made great progress at the start with flat pan ice. Dogs were fresh and we made good progress with two of us on the sled. It helped to have someone to push or control the dogs. I think we made about 10 miles today. Lots of pressure ridges and open leads today, with us entering a very active part of the ocean.

Yesterday we were lucky with many open water leads closing before our eyes. Today we were not so lucky with many leads opening after we already spent a good deal of time making a path for the sled. When I say "we" I am mainly speaking of Maher who is the only one allowed to touch his axe.