Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Fantastic day

What a fantastic day!

Yesterday was our first official day of our training course with Matty Mcnair at Northwinds, here in Iqaluit.

Matty and her family hold an impressive list of previous expeditions and polar experience.

She now offers a number of training courses from polar training to learning to kite ski as well as guided expeditions.

I am a big believer that you can never know enough and there is always something else to learn. I have been very impressed over the past few days of ways to modify equipment and how to make life a bit more comfortable at -40'c.

On that note last night was our first night sleeping in our tents, which is always a chilling experience! Yesterday we learnt about both traditional Inuit and expeditionary clothing which enables us to survive here in this beautiful but un forgiving environment.

Today we got our pulks (sledges) out on the sea ice and loaded them up with dog food bags.

This wasn't for us to eat but to add weight and simulate a 300lb north pole pulk. We then went out and traveled over the sea ice hauling our sledges.

At this point one of my ski bindings snapped! Lesson learned, Bewyn bindings are not the most supportive. Nothing beats testing kit, then actually testing it in the environment you need it for and is why I have come on this course before heading out solo.

Fantastic day and can't wait until tomorrow.

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