Author: Elizabeth Andre

Trail Dispatch – Open Water

The trick for the mushers was going to be to get the dogs to run towards the edge of the polynia and then turn right, skirting along its edge, just between Jerry and his tripod and the edge of the water. There was no path for the dogs to follow, so Stetson in the lead […]

Trail Dispatch – Sunburns

Coordinates: 69.44.011 N, 80.47.748 W Distance Traveled: 33.81 mi / 54.41 km Weather: Temp 12°F / -11°C, Wind 5 MPH / 3 KPH Barometric Pressure: 1049 hPa Cloud cover: Clear Sunrise: 3:17 a.m. Sunset: 11:28 p.m. There can be no fashion consciousness when your skin is burning. Ever since we left Clyde River, the sun […]

Trail Dispatch – Keeping in the heat

Coordinates: 69.51.114 N, 78.11.071 W Distance Traveled: 34.16 mi / 54.98 kmTemperature: 3 °F / -16 °C Wind: 10 MPH / 6 KPHBarometric Pressure: 1059 hPaCloud Cover: Clear skies Sunrise: 3:17 a.m. Sunset: 11:07p.m. Have you ever taken a nap sprawled out on top of a moving dogsled? I did today as I rode with […]

Trail Dispatch – Snowy rest day

On and off through the day it snowed. I enjoyed watching the quality of the snowflakes change over the course of the day. When it was warm and very calm, the flakes were large and fluffy, almost like the white cottony seeds that blow from a dandelion. When the weather warmed up a bit and […]

Trail Dispatch – Falling through thin ice

Coordinates: 69.41.118 N, 74.07.384 WDistance Traveled: 18.42 mi / 29.64 kmTemperature: 13 °F / -10 °CWind: 0 MPH / 0 KPHCloud Cover: Full sun Simon calmly turned around to me and said, “They should not be out there. They are going to sink.” I looked behind me to see Stetson and Ed Viesturs mushing out […]

Trail Dispatch – Over the Barnes Ice Cap

Coordinates: 69.31.110 N, 72.29.211 W Distance Traveled: 25.92 mi / 41.7 kmTemperature: 7 °F / -14 °CWind: 10 MPH / 6 KPH Barometric Pressure: 1015 hPa Cloud Cover: Clear skies Sunrise: 3:35 a.m. Sunset: 10:04 p.m. Today we achieved one of our expedition goals: to cross over the Barnes Ice Cap, a remnant of the […]

Trail Dispatch – Lemmings

Location: Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut Today Simon pointed out lemming tracks to me in the snow. Other than the polar bear tracks we saw just after crossing the Akshayuk Pass in Auyuittuq National Park, these were the first tracks I had seen since we started climbing over the waterfalls. The upper reaches of the pass were wind-scoured […]

Trail Dispatch – Working Out the Details

Coordinates: 70.26.000 N, 68.37.00 W Distance Traveled: 23 mi / 37 km Temperature: 3 °F / -16 °CWind: 2 MPH / 3 KPHBarometric Pressure: 1051 hPa Cloud Cover: Clear Sunrise: 3:34 a.m. Sunset: 9:40 p.m. Loading the sleds with full rations, hooking up the four dog teams for the first time in two weeks and […]

Trail Dispatch – The First Igloo

Coordinates: 67.00.571 N, 64.39.964 WDistance Traveled: 13 mi/ 20.9 kmWind: 5 MPH / 8 KPHBarometric Pressure: 1048 hPaCloud Cover: Clear with a couple of lenticular clouds and alto cirrus clouds in late afternoonSunrise: 6:12 a.m.Sunset: 6:41 p.m.   I was cutting ice chunks with an axe to weigh down the snow flaps on our tent […]

Trail Dispatch – On glare ice–no snow for travel

Coordinates: 66.36.799N, 65.13.563 (just on the southern tip of Summit Lake) Distance Traveled: 9.32 mi/ 14.9 km Temperature: -10 °F/ -23 °CCloud Cover: CloudyBarometric Pressure: 985 hPa Sunrise: 6:23 a.m. Sunset: 6:37 p.m. Yesterday there was no hope of sending out a text and photo dispatch. Winds were gusting up to 70 miles per hour. […]