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Vatnajökull Expedition - Great day, beautiful campsite

The team just called in from N 64° 07.548, W 016° 40.767.  They woke up to a nice cool morning and had a fairly relaxed start, waking at 7 AM, then snoozing till 7:30.   They had a nice ski and traveled about 19 km.  At the last stop, they put on their harnesses and roped up as they were heading into crevasse territory.  They will remain roped up for the remainder of the expedition.

They found a beautiful spot to camp, looking out across a glacial valley with mountains all around.  They had an outdoor kitchen and dinner again tonight. 

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Vatnajökull Expedition - A well deserved layover day

The team enjoyed a well deserved rest day in the hut.  They reviewed crevasse rescue and glacier travel technique.  They ate a lot and swapped stories (with this group of explorers, there are of course many amazing stories!)  They thoroughly enjoyed the sauna.  It was a very restorative day which they so deserved after the first two. 
The weather was very windy, 50 mph at times, and partly cloudy.  The temperatures were below freezing but with the wind it felt a lot colder.
They will be back on the trail tomorrow and are all really looking forward to it.
 

 
Due to the quality of satellite reception and John's marvelous New Zealand accent, we regret that we're not able to provide a quality transcription.  We encourage you to look at this blog update from a PC vs. mobile device and it will come through clearly.
 
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Vatnajökull Expedition - At Grimsfjall Hut!

The team successfully reached the Grimsfall Hut today after 10 long hours of travel!  They started at 8:45 AM and arrived at 6:45 PM.  They traveled 28 km in a series of 6 pushes with 15 minute breaks in between each push.  Though a long day, they were on a mission to reach the hut.  Everyone is obviously very pumped and excited that they reached their goal!  (Click on today's blog title to see the full dispatch including audio update)

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Vatnajökull Expedition - On the glacier!

The team just called in from location N 64° 21.364, W 17° 46.763.
 
They reported that after a strong and wet storm last night, they started very early with an "Alpine start" at 3:30 AM. The plan was to spend the time while the glacier was still hard and compact to find a way across a glacier runoff river. After 5 hours of travel and only 4 km of distance, they were able to cross the running water without getting boots wet. They hit the glacier proper at 10:00 AM and spent the rest of the day covering 17 km. This was when the weather finally broke and they enjoyed a bright, sunny, and calm walk up the glacier. They are now in camp looking forward to a good night's rest with everyone feeling good.  They just finished with appetizers. They might try and reach the hut tomorrow.

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Vatnajökull Expedition - Near the glacier, waiting out a storm

The team was picked up at their hotel in Reykjavik at 5 AM today to drive to the glacier.  They traveled for about 6 hours to Jokulheimar where they ran into a river that they weren't able to cross due to high water levels.  They found a protected spot to camp about 1.5-2 km from the edge of the glacier.  They were glad to find a protected area as the forecast is for gale force winds tonight.  (Click on today's blog title to see the full dispatch including audio update)

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South Pole & Emperor Penguins

This blog features the daily activities of our South Pole & Emperor Penguin Expedition December 6-16, 2016.

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