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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.

Previous Dispatches

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


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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