How do you capture the joy one experiences as they traverse across the Greenland Ice Sheet on snowmachines? If I knew … I’d starting typing, leaving a trail of adjectives and modifiers describing all that we are seeing and feeling.
Alas, I’m not that gifted. I will say its been plenty fun. Sure, there are bad moments … but they are far outweighed by the simple joy you get 2-strokin’ across the sastrugi!
There is one point I’d like to make … and that is clothing. More specifically, the weight of one’s clothing as they prepare for an “outside” journey. Its not a trivial amount … and while I could list off what I don every day (sorry, mom, but there is no washing facility on this traverse), I reckon folks are checking out this blog for the awesome pictures.
I’m not suggesting this particular picture is “awesome”, but it shows all the interested folks the main science component of this Greenland Inland Traverse (GrIT) [read: parents] as well as highlighting some of the necessary bundling one does when you’re screaming across the ice sheet!
As you can plainly see, we’re keeping to a strict “no-skin” diet up here … and while we realize the importance of donning a ~15 pound jacket and all the other sundry accouterments of winter travel, we are ALL looking forward to “dealing with” typical summer dress: shirt, shorts, sandals.
So, think of us as you’re sipping on a G&T, enjoying a backyard BBQ or engaging in an otherwise “normal” summer activity … we’re all wishing we could be with ya! Don’t get me wrong – we’re TOTALLY happy to be out here … we’re just really (REALLY) looking forward to “warm”.