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Day 22: Slips and Rescues

August 24, 2010

Today the team moved from our camp at the base of the Turner Glacier to the Summit Hut. Whilst we were on the route, myself and AJ scouted out a river for the team to cross, which you have to do before the whole team go across with bags on, but whilst we were doing this, we both slipped and got swept down the river a few metres. This, unfortunately, is just one of those events that happens during expedition life, but the team were absolutely fantastic. They pulled us out really quickly, got the tents up, clothes on and sleeping bags out for us to warm up.

Melt Water Rivers (photo from 2009 expedition)

The many fast flowing rivers produced by glacier melt water make the journey extremely hazardous (photo from 2009 expedition)

We are both really, really proud of the team, and it’s a real credit to the training that’s happened throughout the expedition, on this trip. After we had warmed up, we continued on our course to the Summit Hut, admiring the views as the weather began to clear.

The evening was spent around the stove, eating and laughing together. Everyone is now in their beds, preparing for a long day tomorrow. The expedition top tip for the day is that a dry bag is a fantastic, essential piece of kit for any expedition life, especially as myself and AJ found out today. It makes sure that your sleeping bags stay dry, along with all your warm clothes that you want to pull out if you get chilly.

Listen to Rachel’s report from Baffin:

One Comment
  1. August 31, 2010 10:04 pm

    As we haven’t seen a posting since August 24th, and it is now August 31st, I hope you are well. Perhaps the satphone battery gave up?
    Our Scout Group is beginning to plan our trip to the same pass in 2012 and we are following your progress with great interest.
    All the best,
    1st Kanata Group Commissioner

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