Day 10: Face Mask Freezing to the Nose
In addition to the face mask, Jenny usually wears a covering bandana. Here, she has pulled the bandana away, in order to eat a snack. And this is what our rest stops look like. They are little more than standing-in-place pauses.
I've turned Jenny's pulk around so that my back is to the wind, and the sun is my face. Very cozy and warm - not! The rest stop was not very long lasting. No more than three or four minutes until we began to feel the loss of body warmth.
For the lunch stop we have dragged out our insulated jackets. We made these of one layer of Ray-Way alpine quilt insulation.
Our expedition clothes are home-made, and consist of only two layers while we are skiing. More than that, and we risk breaking into a sweat, which would be very dangerous down here. Our inner layer is expedition-weight thermals, and the outer layer is the ski bibs and jacket, proprietary breathable.
During our lunch stops we also put on a jacket, one layer of Ray-Way alpine quilt insulation. Look for this jacket in a future Ray-Way kit.
Cold and windy (20 to 30) today, and some soft snow increased the effort. We swung leads every hour. The sun was encircled by a beautiful sun dog that at times showed faint rainbow colors. The afternoon sky cleared and the wind backed to the SSW.
Today was Jenny's turn for her face mask accidentally freezing to one small spot on her nose. This is most unpleasant, read semi-emergency. It happens when the ice builds up on the inside of the mask, and the wind blows the mask into contact with the skin. This is not frostbite, but rather touching something so cold that it sticks to your skin. She gently lifted the nose piece away without damage. Later, in the tent, she sewed the same nose flap as mine, since mine had worked good today.
Speaking of sewing, at the end of this long, cold day, we set up camp and I had to spend 20 minutes outside sewing my sled cover, where it had torn due to sloppy workmanship. Add that to the two hours of sewing on the pulk covers in Punta, and needless to say we do not recommend Acapulka sleds, especially when Alex charged us an extra $600 for shipping three sleds when we only ordered two. End of rant.
Evening camp: S 81° 27.098' W 81° 54.790'
Today's mileage: 12.1 statute.