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Day 17: Stunning Views and Beautiful Sunsets

August 19, 2010

I’m currently watching the sunset over the Penny Ice Cap!

We are still at the camp that we were at yesterday, but today we had a couple of options: one was trying to find the elusive lake, but unfortunately when we were scouting it out we came across a huge crevasse, which was absolutely stunning, I’ve never seen anything like it before! So we took lots and lots of pictures and then had a bit of a play around with some ice axes.

On top of the mountain

On top of the mountain (photo from 2009 expedition)

This afternoon we went up to an unnamed mountain. It was an absolutely amazing view, we got a huge panoramic! Most of the team went up; there were a few who stayed behind to rest their feet, because we are going to move off to camp tomorrow and make our way back to the cache, depending on the weather.

The views are absolutely stunning, we saw some fantastic biodiversity: lichen growing up the mountain. There was evidence of lemmings and arctic hares, which was stunning really, because it’s just a huge moraine and you wonder how life can survive in such a stark environment.

We had a fantastic day, the whole team are happy. The sunset is absolutely amazing, sitting here on the glacier, Penny Ice Cap shining away in pinks and oranges. We are all going to sleep well tonight and are all safe and well.

Listen to Rachel’s report from Baffin:

  1. Eric permalink
    August 20, 2010 11:22 am

    Did the team pile up those rocks so nice or was it already there before you arrived ? Just hope no one of you lost their antlers there 😉 It’s unbelievable it’s already day 17. I can imagine time for you must even fly faster than it does over here. I bet you’re all thinking the days are too short and indeed when you’re in such a stunning surrounding days can’t last long enough. Hope everyoneis OK and enjoy the rest of your stay !!!

  2. dave smith permalink
    August 23, 2010 3:32 pm

    Hi Racheal

    You look like you are having a fantastic time i anm so jealous i have done the three peaks, the Ben in the winter but nothing as adventurous & fun as you are doing keep safe and send some photographs!

    All the best

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