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Cravings for pure butter    2 April, 2006
A clear sign that we are working hard is that we are each consuming 7000 calories a day & still tightening our waist bands a notch or two!! Our diet consists of pasta and pemmican. The pemmican is a m

Whisky levels dangerously low    29 March, 2006
Monday was spent resting bodies and repairing equipment, especially Conrad's sled that needed major surgery to hold it together. Tuesday presented no major obstacles and we made 8½ nautical m

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Encountering open water leads    27 March, 2006
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

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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Spirits are high    13 March, 2006
Eventually the ice conditions are slowly improving from the constant ice rubble that we've had for the last seven days. My sledge is giving me a little concern when we wire up the holes most morni

Minor issues    9 March, 2006
It’s the evening of the 9th March. We achieved 2.6 nautical miles north in 7.5 hours through very testing ice rubble, with us again having to carry one pulk at a time through the tricky sections

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