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Sun, moon and blizzards.    13 April, 2006
We had a 24 hour blizzard yesterday, which forced us to spend the day in the tent. It was so strong that it was blowing the shovel out of our hands as we tried to build a wall to protect the tent.The

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Could this be Global Warming?    9 April, 2006
We suffered a setback 3 days ago, when we discovered that our damaged fuel container from a couple of weeks back had contaminated our food. We are not sure how much food is involved. The taste is unpl

Only 240 miles to go!    5 April, 2006
Keeping warm in the Arctic is critical for survival. Richard's wife Joseé came up with idea of having a ball of muskox wool inside our mittens to prevent frozen fingers. The wool fills in all

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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

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