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Day 20: Climbing Mount Battle

August 22, 2010

I am at the base of Mount Battle. Today we have been at the bottom of the glacier all day so we had  a chance to all split off and do different things a group of four of us went up mount battle today, which was amazing. We had views of the whole valley system we came down all the glacier’s we have been up. We could see where we are walking tomorrow. It is in the middle of where all the glaciers feed into, so you get amazing views all around.

Mount Battle in the distance (photo from 2009 expedition)

Mount Battle in the distance (photo from 2009 expedition)

A couple of the others did some different things. Rob looked at the geology of the area. Toby actually saw two arctic hares. he went off wandering in the tundra to look for them, and he saw them really close up and got up some amazing pictures of them. Going up Mount Battle was really tricky work, it took us about 9 hours return trip. Really tough terrain walking up there, really steep and quite unsteady boulders all the time so we had to keep really focused not to break our ankles. No one broke their ankles, which is good!

Then when you come back down off the mountain, you come back onto the tundra and it is a carpet of blueberries and soil, which is amazing and smells delicious as all the herbs come up. We are just packing up ready to head back into the pass tomorrow to make our way to Pangnirtung. We are just sorting out all the group kit, all the ice kit, so we are all packed and ready to go tomorrow. I think it is going to be quite a heavy day; we have got all the leftover stuff to sort.

Listen to Emily’s report from Baffin:

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  1. Pippa permalink
    August 23, 2010 2:38 pm

    Sounds amazing Em!We’re all enjoying hearing about everything you’ve been up to!! Good Luck with the rest of the trip and see you soon x x x

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