Congratulations to the team for a successful crossing of the Vatnajokull Glacier!
Annie reports that the team skied 8 miles today with weather that included the range from warmer in the morning turning colder as the cloud cover settled onto the Glacier. They have descended now to within sight of the famous Jokulsarlon Lagoon.
Nancy reports from the glacier that the team skied into the weather. Starting with clear blue skies this morning the team travelled into the "snow globe". The system approached from the south. By days end the team reports complete white out with warmer temperatures at or near freezing, sleet and wind of 30 km.
The team is back on the move. WIth a huge day of 17.5 miles skied from the luxury of the Hut. They were on the move for just under 10 hour and encountered various weather. Cold and clear to start then warmer with strong winds up to 30 km per hour. Make sure to have a listen to the audio update the connection proved to be a challenge but all report healthy an happy to be back on the move.
Peter reports from the Grismvotn Crater Hut today. Make sure to have a listen. The weather was spotty and great views eluded the team. However the day was spent relaxing, enjoying some of the various treats such as music and games.
John reports via audio update that the team is comfortably positioned at the Grimsvotn Hut on the rim of the caldera. The huts sit atop a geothermally active area (as recent as 2011) which provide the hut with a natural heat source. After the last few days of travel, the hut and included sauna provide a welcome relief to achy muscles.
The team reported great progress. They skied 13 miles. Under nice weather, partly cloudy right around freezing or slightly below. They only had to put on mitts occasionally to warm their fingers. Wind is always a concern on the open expanse of the glacier but the team managed the 8-10 m/s.
John Reamer (make sure to listen to his audio update below) reports that the team travelled 7 hours by all terrain vehicle through several challenging river crossings requiring the support of the "Super Jeep" to winch the other vehicle to safety. These are known and planned for obstacles which once managed saw the team at the start of the short 4.5 mile ski day.
Annie reports this afternoon that the team is all gear checked, sleds are packed and have been loaded on the Icelandic all terrain vehicles for the early morning drop off. Tune into the Kickoff call (below) and post dinner photo of the team as they check-in before their early AM departure. The plan is a 6 to 9 hour off road drive to the toe of the glacier. The travel is the first challenge with several river crossings as formidable challenges for team and trucks. Stay tuned for more tomorrow.
We are very excited to be gathering on May 17 in Reykjavik, Iceland for the start of this expedition. We have a wonderful team of skiers who are all making final preparations for the upcoming adventure. This blog will officially kick off on May 17 with daily updates and audio dispatches from the glacier.
We look forward to having you join us for this incredible expedition.