Melting Sea Ice and Polar Bears
After some technical issues and a balky knee slowed progress, Moreau, Roulx and Racine have picked up the pace and are now approaching the Inuit town of Resolute.
The trio has managed at least 12 miles per day for the last two weeks and even managed to churn out two 16-mile days when the weather allowed.
On route to Resolute, they crossed the island of Devon. The snow here was “heavenly”, a perfect consistency and depth for their sleds, and they made it across the island in just two days.
Soon after, they were forced to revaluate their route to Resolute. They had planned to bypass Cornwallis Island, but the sea ice looked too dangerous to take this route. The Arctic is warming, and conditions can change very quickly as the sea ice melts.
To get to the island they had to climb through ice debris and skirt around some distant polar bears. It was clearly tiring; today the team will take a day off to recover and plan the rest of their journey to Resolute and their first supply cache.