I’d spent the night alone on the Kaskawulsh glacier with a torrent of avalanches on the nearest mountain for company, thousands of pounds of ice crashing down its flank, not daring to venture beyond my safe zone- the circle around camp I’d probed for crevasses. “Bad news”, Jon called, he and Lynne emerging from the white wilderness. I gave Lynne a big hug between mouthfuls of pasta, a bowl in one hand, the tight pang in my chest dissipating. I’d spent hours pacing the soft snow, waiting for Jon and Jim to come back with Lynne, who’d been dropped off further up the glacier in a safer landing zone, free from the massive crevasses that pocked the area.
Notice the name change? We’ve reversed directions! We’re now officially traveling from the Kluane National Park in the Yukon (starting point: Alcan hwy), up the Kaskawulsh glacier and across the Hubbard, Seward and Columbus glacier into Alaska. We’ll continue on the Bagley Icefield, and then hang a left and try and make it as far Continue reading Alcan to Ocean Icecap Expedition: Gear selection for a glacial ski-traverse
So many things to do, and only a few months to accomplish it all. In an attempt to be as best prepared as possible, it’s time to sign up for an avalanche AIARE Level 1 course. Not only will it help me to consider snowy terrain in a much more responsible way, it’ll also start developing the skill set I need in order to train for the upcoming 250+ mile glacial ski-traverse. Safety is key, people!
Still to come: so many things. Crevasse rescue, gear selection, learning to ski (yikes!), food prep to last us a max of 45 mays, intense physical training and even some mountaineering.
There comes a point in ski-traverse expedition planning where one actually has to learn to ski. That time has now come. Friends, be honest. Can I really learn to ski well enough in just a couple of months to then cross 250 to 350 miles of barren glacial wonderland?
Won’t know until I try. But for now, let’s see how I do on the Daisy run.
In this episode, I also share some expert tips on cold weather travel. Now, how does one pee in their sleeping bag?!
The training begins! With only 3.5 months to go, it’s now or never. Hundreds of details to sort, gear to buy as thriftily and frugally as I can (more on that at a later time!), and some intensive training if I’m to be prepared for this expedition come May, 2016.
100 days to take-off…