Day 29: Thiels Mountains Visible in the Distance
The wind started out at 20 knots, but then mid-morning started to diminish, and by the late afternoon was down to 5. All this under a cloudless sky.
All day we steered for a mountain visible in the far distance, one of several, which we think might be the Thiels. At least the navigation was easy. We first caught sight of it yesterday at a distance of about 45 miles, which seemed too far for it to be Thiels. Maybe some other peak in line with it. Now at tonight's camp we are not that much closer, so maybe it is Thiels. If so, our resupply is at its base, 27 miles away.
Our boots are working good so far, but they have a threshold beyond which they become painful to wear once they accumulate too much ice between the inner thermal liner and the boot itself. This ice never melts, so when we put our boots on in the morning, it's into the ice the foot goes. But we never feel it because the liners are so effective.
Jenny's boots reached this threshold two weeks ago, but we didn't realize what the problem was until two days later. Meanwhile she had very painful feet. The problem is not that the boots become cold, but that they become too small for the feet, with so much ice in them.
Today my boots reached this threshold, so as I limped into camp I knew what to do. In the tent with the stove roaring, and aided by hot water bottles, we melted the ice enough where we can remove the liners. Then we can easily melt the remaining ice and dry the boots.
On a perfect evening, Jenny putting duct tape on a ski to protect the home-made fitting that secures the skins.
Thiels Mountains Visible in the Distance
There must have been a reason why we didn't take any photos of skiing today, but now I don't know what it was.
Evening camp: S 84° 50.835' W 85° 57.976'
Today's mileage: 12.8 in 9 hrs
Temperature: -9 C