|2004-12-11 - Tired - but positive!
10 Dec, 04 - 18:14
GPS-pos: N67°00´ | E152°59´ | Alt: 13 M
17 km of skiing today, -45°F, another clear freezing cold day and no wind. N 67°00´25.9 and E 152°59´42.2
Johan Ivarsson at the pen:
One of the tent poles broke yesterday whilst putting the tent up, and as that was not enough, we had to change one of the ski-bindings after it had broken apart during the day. None of these occurrences caused too much worries, though, but it is still irritating when this happens all at once!
All the equipment we are using are the best that can be found on the world market today. It has been thoroughly tested. It is, no doubt, the optimal equipment, when it comes to skiing long distances and pulling heavy equipment in Arctic surroundings. And even though it seems like everything is falling to pieces for us at the moment, it has been expected. One thing I´ve learned during this precious time since I left Sweden, is that there´s no such thing as an major, long time expedition in extreme surroundings without plenty of equipment problems! And with all this pressure through hard work we are putting on to this equipment, especially in this extreme cold, it´s not strange that some equipment does break!
Despite these momentarily irritations with failing equipment, and the discovery of a few more new light frostbites on my fingers, and that we´re both exhausted right now, we´re still very positive in mind and enjoy this challenge and this life! And, we´re rapidly closing in on Srednekolymsk!
That´s all for now! Time to get out of the sleepingbag, pack the Ipaq in the zipbag, quickly send the dispatch, tuck the phone and Ipaq inside the sack and then I´m off for another night of happy dreams. And let´s hope that the weather tomorrow will be as clear as it has been today!