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A Rare Sighting | Baffin Island Polar Expedition

Last night we found a beautiful camp site. We had been traveling down the valley for hours in a very cold and strong head wind. All of a sudden within about 10 minutes the wind shifted 180-degrees and was now in our face. The terrain was challenging with many sustrigi. We knew we had to camp, but there was no shelter in sight. We found a Boulder in the middle of the valley and decided this would be home for the night.

The wind dropped and it turned out to be a spectacularly beautiful location. It was a cold but mostly windless night.

This morning we were up at 7 and on the trail at 10. The terrain stared out challenging for the first hour and then we got to the frozen river and the travelling got dramatically better. We were able to travel for about an hour on the almost frictionless ice.

Today was a shorter day and we got to the Glacier Lake Emergency Shelter about 1pm. The sun was out and it was a beautiful day. We set up camp, hung out sleeping bags to air out and a few people even had a baby wipe bath. Quite a luxury and an olfactory benefit to their tent mates.

As I was dozing in the tent Frank and Anne spotted a pure white Arctic Fox coming in to check us out. We felt privileged to see such a rare sight. The fox did not stay long and scurried off to find a home for the night.

Tomorrow will be a bit of a climb to Glacier Lake and from there the travel should be easier on the lake ice.

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