Day 14: Frozen Face Mask
Somewhere behind the ice is a smile.
WEvery expedition seems to have a few days like this. Our third day was like that. Extremely cold and windy, and we were on the move for 12 hours.
Today was windy (25 - 35 mph) all day, very cold, the terrain was rough and uphill most of the day. After the first hour I was thinking we should have taken a rest day in such weather. Jenny would likely have agreed. But we kept going, and by keeping our rest stops brief, nothing over a minute, we kept warm. Although Jenny wore her insulated jacket from start to finish.
My jacket zipper and face mask froze with so much ice that I could not pass food or water into my mouth. Comically, Jenny fed me small candies through a slit between the icicles.
We skied for 9.5 hours yesterday, but only eight hours today. We called it quits, pitched the tent and crawled into our wonderfully warm abode, and with the help of the warming stove made three big cuppas each before dinner.