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Conducive Conditions!

Our Greenland expedition teams have been graced by the presence of a variety of bird species, adding a touch of vibrancy to the icy landscape. While we may not always be able to identify the specific species, the sight of these feathered friends navigating the vast skies and rugged terrain is a constant source of wonder. Their presence underscores the resilience and beauty of the Arctic ecosystem, reminding us of the delicate balance of life in this remote region.

For our teams, encountering birds brings excitement, as they are often the only other living things that they see for their entire expedition.

Team Ski Strap:

Taylor reports. "Today was a great day of skiing. We've been moving through heavy sastrugi for the last 40 miles now. I've never seen anything like it in Greenland. In spite of this we made 15 miles in perfect conditions. Not a cloud in the sky and very little wind. We dropped about 400 ft of elevation. Right now the team is taking advantage of the conditions to dry out some essential gear. The sastrugi today was a reminder of the power of the Greenlandic wind but now we are basking in the sunshine. Thanks to all for tuning in, onwards tomorrow."

Team Cocoa-Motive:

Annie reports. "The last two days have been significant and beautiful. Full sun after many days of whiteout. We've spent time as a group appreciating where we are and who we are with. We reached and passed the summit. For the first time in a long time we are descending, although there was much sastrugi. These bumps and dips made us feel like we weren't descending at all. We are so glad to have sun while navigating these features. Doing so in whiteout conditions is very hard on your ankles, knees, wrists and elbows. Tonight the sun is out and the wind is calm. We are tired and happy that we made 25 km. Big dinner tonight with lots of butter added, soup for an appetizer and snacks for dessert!"

1 Comment

Great photo!

Wish I knew the species.

Snow bunting? Why not?

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