They were able to enjoy some incredible landscape, having a lateral moraine on their right for much of the descent and seeing a number of moulins (a moulin or glacier mill is a roughly circular, vertical to nearly vertical well-like shaft within a glacier or ice sheet which water enters from the surface. The term is derived from the French word for mill, per Wikipedia) Everything and everyone was soaking wet- whenever the sleds tipped over, water poured out. Imagine trying to control a water filled sled on solid ice on a steep descent while trying to maintain one's own balance... Needless to say, when they reached the bottom, everyone was absolutely elated- as well they should be!!
They were picked up near the bottom of the glacier and had a spectacular 4 wheel drive from the edge of the glacier onto Highway 1. When they reached their lodging, everyone thoroughly enjoyed a hot shower and a celebratory dinner. Their rooms are draped with soaking wet clothing on every available surface and hanging area. The theme for the day was "wet, slippery and exciting"! They were too tired to call in an audio update for the blog but promise that they will leave a group update tomorrow so be sure to check back.
The forecast for tomorrow is for more rain... But they'll be getting a protected ride to Reykjavik for their final night of well deserved celebration before heading home.
The photo does not capture the driving sheets of rain but does give a sense of the challenging conditions
Eric Rutherford's smile definitely captures the sense of accomplishment!
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