Moosehead Lake Traverse: Expedition Update #4
Sugar Island, small cove SW side
Temperature H/L: -3°C/28°F
Weather – Clearing, Sunny, Snow Squalls, Blowing snow, white out, calm, Stars!
Distance – 8km/5miles
Animals – 2 domesticated dogs (ours), we didn’t see anything today! Again the weather wasn’t very nice.
B: Made with Local Oatmeal, Bacon, Coffee
L: PB&J&Butter, Soup Noodle, Trail Mix, Chocolate, Salami & Cheese, Coffee
D: Soup noodle, Lasagne, Chocolate
The dogs have settled
The end is in sight
Don’t want to leave the trail though
We woke up this morning really early, 5 am and got the woodstove going to melt snow and make breakfast. It continued to snow throughout the night leaving a lot of snow on the ground. By the time we packed up camp and got on our way it was 8am and the horizons were clear, we got see the far shore and decided it was a good time to make the 5.5km/ 3.5mile crossing to the head of Sugar Island. We walked a straight of a line as possible while making the crossing making sure not to have to walk any further then we had to. The pulling conditions were very hard and took a significant amount of energy. We kept at it for 5 solid hours, only stopping a couple of times to pee, drink water, have a snack and look around. It is a pretty humbling experience standing in the middle of such a big lake. You feel very small being so exposed.
The wind started blowing half way through our crossing. This was expected and pretty normal following such a storm. But with that wind came blowing snow causing yet more white out conditions. Being in a complete white out is very disorientating. It is nearly impossible to see any difference between the ground and the horizon, everything is white!
Upon reaching Sugar Island we pushed on another 2.5km/1.5miles to a protected cove. By the time we reached this spot it had stopped snowing and we were completely protected from the wind. The deep snow had been really hard on the dogs and they are sleeping soundly now. Soon we shall be too.
Dave and Dan’s Dilemma
OH NO! We have had a major piece of our gear break on us. One of our sleds has worn a hole right through the bottom of it. The ice can be rough sometimes and rocks are not impossible to hit, but we still cannot believe this has happened. We still have 25km to travel before we reach the end, where a major repair can happen, that’s a 2 day walk from here. The hole is about 5 cm long and 1 cm wide.
But have no fear, we brought a repair kit filled with odds and ends just in case something like this happened. It is always important to plan and prepare properly for such accidents ahead of time.
Check out what we have in our kit and help us come up with some ideas as to how we can fix the hole in our sled! Don’t forget, we have lots of other items with us that may be useful, so don’t be afraid to get creative.
duct tape a metal bar wax
metal wire grommets heat (woodstove)
zip ties rope Ziploc bags
a knife band aids
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