TODAY WE START THE "IN AMUNDSEN'S FOOTSTEPS" EXPEDITION
We are leaving Eagle tomorrow and are going to sledge the 100 miles to Dawson. As mentioned in my last blog we will have to leave the river at 40 Mile village. We will then run through the night from 40 Mile straight through to Dawson in one go and head up hill, 68 miles up over a summit of 3600 ft. as part of the river is impassable. We will rest the dogs for about 4/5 hours mid way then sledge on to Dawson arriving on the morning of 24th February.
From Dawson Brian Wilmshurst will truck us, the dogs, sledges and kit to Inuvik so that we can fly to Herschel Island and start the 700 mile replication of Amundsen’s journey.
We are getting reports that most of the rivers we are going to be travelling on have bad jumble ice. The Yukon from Fort Yukon to Circle is currently dangerous, hopefully it will improve for when we get there towards the end of March.
Inspite of all this… TO QUOTE AMUNDSEN
“I looked forward to the expedition with confidence. We are well equipped, and have good reliable comrades, and smart dogs. “
I have the same sentiments as Amundsen about our team and dogs. I was looking at my early notes, it was over fives years ago that the thinking about the expedition started.
An expedition of this sort is complex and difficult to organise, without the enthusiam, encouragment and help from family, friends and the many wonderful people I have met along the way this project would not have got off the ground.
THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU