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Encountering open water leads
27 March, 2006    84.7166N, 75.0833W
It's the morning of 27th March. On Saturday we encountered numerous open water leads where we used a variety of techniques to cross, such as walking around, shovelling snow to bridge the gaps and also hopping from ice chunks to ice chunks. In total we lost maybe 3 hours but made up for it on Sunday when we achieved good northerly progress of 8½ nautical miles. The last 4 days have been unusually mild at -20ºC but yesterday turned to -34ºC. One of our fuel cans took a battering in rough ice and we lost a couple of litres of fuel.

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A new experience    23 March, 2006
The last 2 days have seen better progress due to good ice conditions. We've achieved 7 nautical miles each day and are on target.

Conrad has had his first experience of walking across rub

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No flat ice    20 March, 2006
Yesterday morning we continued with two small heavy-laden sleds between us. Daily mileage is slowly increasing apart from yesterday that gave us no flat ice in 9 hours travel. Equipment failures conti

Rest and repair    15 March, 2006
As per our scheduled programme today is a rest and repair day. We repaired two broken snowshoes and one of my two broken sleds with a large piece of wire. The terrain and extreme cold of -40ºC is

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