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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)
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
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)
The expedition begins! The team met in Reykjavik and spent the day reviewing their kit, practicing making camp, discussing their daily itinerary and getting to know one another. When they phoned in, they were getting ready to head out for dinner and their official welcome festivities. They are excited to be heading out early in the morning for Jokulheimar on the western edge of Vatnajökull.
Stay tuned for updates from the trail.
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Our guide team of Annie and Eric are off to Iceland to prepare for our crossing of the Vatnajökull Icecap.
The team will be on the trail for nine days, giving regular updates along the way. Follow along for stories and pictures from the land of fire and ice!