The last part of the journey was very warm, +5º on Saturday, with the snow sticky and melting, patches of open ground on the side of the river. The mountains are beginning to lose snow. Spring is coming.On Sunday we spent the night at Wayne’s Cabin and set off for the final 7 miles Monday morning. We arrived at Eagle (population 86) at approximately 1.00 pm, local time, ending our journey at Fort Egbert, which is the old army barracks. The telegraph that Amundsen used at the end of his journey at Eagle, to tell the world that he had navigated the NW Passage, has not been used for years, probably not since 1930’s. We were able to use a Satellite Phone.
We are delighted to report that we have all suffered only mild frostbite on various fingers and toes and that the dogs are well. Only one of them seems to have lost a bit of weight but will be nurtured now and all of them have loads of new straw bedding and warm kennels to go to. What amazing dogs these have been! What a feat of endurance to have pulled a heavy sledge 700 miles in bitter temperatures over extreme terrain and still be wagging their tails every morning.
At the beginning I thought we only had a 50/50 chance of achieving the journey, not achieved since 1905. It has been interesting and hard but we’ve had good dogs, a good team and the careful planning paid off. We are looking forward to coming home.