Day 12: Sledging away from the Maritime Influence
As we get further from the "coast" with its maritime influence, and as the season progresses more into summer, the tent is getting much warmer at night due to solar heating. The down jackets and insulated pants have become permanent residents of the sleds, and our insulated jackets have become pillows. Whereas before we wore them all. Now we are quite comfortable sleeping in our two layers of skiing clothes under our Greenland quilt. This despite the freezing ground blizzard outside.
Last night's ground blizzard buried one of the sleds, so we are learning to park them in the lee of the tent.
The old SSW wind was back, blowing 25 knots.
This morning was cloudy but windless. The air was cold, but within half an hour of setting out we both overheated. Removing a layer of clothing is not as simple as it sounds. To take something off is to soon freeze. We almost wished for a little wind to cool off. Wish granted. By noon the old SSW wind was back, and blew 25 knots the rest of the day.
Up to now, we were always feeling like we were climbing uphill. Today the terrain leveled out, and for the first time we could see ahead for miles. We also noticed a bit more speed. We made more miles even though the terrain was quite rough. In all, we sledged 14.2 statute miles in 9.5 hours today.