They could see some crevasses in the distance but fortunately did not have any close encounters. The temperature was around 20° F in the morning, increasing throughout the day to above freezing. They did find that they had to shed some layers in order avoid over-heating.
They plan to get an early start in the morning and will get picked up around mid-day at the edge of the glacier. All are looking forward to eating real food tomorrow! They did express concern that the blog may be making this expedition sound too easy so be sure to listen to (or read the transcription) of Eric's audio update below...
Hello friends, family and followers. This is Eric calling in from another day on the Vatnajokull Glacier here in Iceland. It’s our second to last day actually. We had a beautiful start to the day- bright and sunny as we started to descend down from the top of the glacier. About halfway down, the clouds moved in and visibility went to almost nothing. We traveled for about 7 hours, roped up the entire way, covering something like 15 kilometers, and now we are in our tents, and we're close enough to the road where we got a few bars of cell reception and were able to read the blog updates and heard how easy our expedition has been, but I just want to set the record straight. This has been incredibly challenging and we have each saved each other's lives at least 5 times. And it's been perhaps the hardest thing that all of us have ever done. The weather has been trying, and this has just been an epic expedition all around. So I know it sounds like we've been having fun, but it's really just been brutal and epic and challenging. And Annie says fun, but for me just epic and brutal and challenging. So we'll be back in civilization tomorrow if all goes according to plan. So we will touch base then and thanks for following along.
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