The weather is dense clouds again and we were in Patriot Hills for another day; -10, 8/8 cloud, mild wind.
We went for an 18.4 km walk over 4 hours and 23 minutes averaging 4.2 km/hr with packs, to see the remnants of a plane crash, a DC 6 with just the tail sticking out (see photo). It was a wonderful walk. You can’t tell where the land ends and the sky begins, flat light, completely impossible to tell distances. As I listened to the crunch of the snow beneath my boots I started to think about the epic voyages of Scott and Amundsen. What they must have been made of to travel hundreds of miles in this incredibly hostile and unforgiving climate. They didn’t benefit from Ian’s high tech GPS, but still managed.
As we returned to camp the sky opened and the sun came out – perhaps what they call a sucker hole, i.e. a brief break that sucks you in thinking the weather is going to clear, however it doesn’t. Our next briefing is tonight. We are not sure what the ultimate plans will be as who knows when planes will fly!!!! However we are here and it is a wonderful adventure.