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Ten miles on the first day across the ice

By Ed Viesturs - April 28th, 2008

Via Satellite Phone - LISTEN IN!

Hey, this is Ed, we're here at the end of the day. Its Monday, May 28. We finally got out of town, it was about 1:30 after visiting with the park ranger and a couple of the locals to get some of the input about the terrain in this area and we made the decision as I mentioned in our earlier dispatch to take the southern route We loade dup our sleds  which we guesstimate to weigh a little over 200 pounds, we have 14 days supply of food and fuel. So we went two miles from Pond Inlet to the South West and then  we cut inland, now journeying down what is called the Salmon River, and we will then be connected to a series of long frozen lakes, and then work our way inland, there's some beautiful ice caps that we're going to check out some glaciers and we're just make a loop inland along a series of rivers and long frozen lakes. We were talking to the park ranger today and he actually called the area we're going to by the locals as the ‘untouched land,' they don't travel in that far, apparently there is no reason to, they have no concern for going on icecaps and glaciers if there's no hunting. John and I had a good day today, we traveled nine and a half miles in five hours and things went fairly well, we are going to slowly increase our mileage and hourly travel every day, again the idea is to work on our systems, get our techniques down, and slowly build our endurance to see in the end if we can go eight to ten hours and see how much distance we can cover. It's about nine o'clock in the evening, we just finished dinner, we had a nice freeze dried meal of beef teriyaki and rice, we're having some tea now, and then we're going to fill up our water bottles and shut her down for the night. We'll probably get up around six or seven tomorrow and go for about seven or 8 hours and see how far we can get. Thanks for checking in John and Ed here we're having a good time, day one is over and we got a lot more days ahead of us.



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