Wednesday, 4 March 2009


Day four now of our training and we have had a challenging time. Temperature today is - 28'c but with wind chill of 16kmph it feels like - 40'c.

Yesterday we covered 14km with full pulks which have slowly increased in weight. One of our team developed 2nd degree frostbite on his fingers. He didn't feel the change in his fingers but probably developed from having sweaty hands which soaked his gloves, which in turn then froze with the wind when we stopped. Its not serve and he will recover but will leave the team later today.

We are also losing another team member. Matty and our other instructor Eric Larsen, ( will also be leaving us for 3 days. For 3 days we will be left to ourselves to put into practice what we have learnt.

Those that are left are in high spirits and are sad to lose our two team mates. I can't help but think how quickly frostbite developed and its really hit home that you have to look after your layering system and not sweat. As Matty keeps telling us, "you sweat, you die!" Food for thought as I start planning for my 2 week solo in a weeks time.

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