Day 17: Tracks!
Excellent day today. Wind less than 10, sky cloudy, a few snow flurries, a bit of flat light. Terrain much more open. Good skiing.
About an hour out, Jenny was in the lead when she found something in the snow. Anything is unusual down here; there are no animals, no birds, no bugs, not even a mosquito. Not even a bacterium. And the chances of finding a meteorite are very slim.
I skied up to her, and saw them too. Tracks! Ski and sled tracks. Talk about an instant change in perspective.
Tracks from a different party.
We knew of other parties out here: Hannah, the two Kiwis, and two British parties consisting of four men each. But we did not expect anyone to be this close. Say a day or three ahead. Must be the British.
We followed the tracks for half a day, just for the novelty.
Enjoying a cookie bar.
Jenny takes a selfie
Asleep under the Greenland quilt. This was the final prototype of the Ray-Way Quilt with two layers of Alpine insulation. At night we used our insulated jackets as pillows.
We skied 14.6 miles in 10 hours.