They are approaching the summit of their route, which means an end to the daily climbs, but the summit is broad so they won't notice any easier skiing in the immediate future. The weather was decent for much of the day, albeit chilly and windy. They will get more of the wind tomorrow. When we talked to the team they were all relaxing in their tents. Heather, and Eric had just finished eating quesadillas.
May 20th. About 29 km, altitude 7874 ft. Started in the clouds for the first 1.5 hrs then it cleared up. Wind picked up over our left shoulder- kind of a crosswind.
As per Nansen who was the first European to cross Greenland in 1888, we of course have had no chance to wash up on this trip. His excuses, which I wholly support, were
1. they only boiled a small amount of water each day to conserve fuel
2. Thirst was overwhelming. So they decided to drink the little water they made rather than using it to wash
3. The option of washing first and hen drinking that water was unappealing
4. Washing at -30 ~<>>#%^^*!!!! ain’t a treat
5. Sun exposure while washing, not minor, the sun is merciless
6. Time. Not a lot of extra time to spend on frivolous pleasures
So instead we celebrate clean undies.
Below: Two of our favorite people. Heather and Dale.
Below: Today's camp