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  • Story Owner: Mark  Andresen
  • Story Title: North Pole
  • Story Created: Monday, March 24, 2014, 11:06:00 PM
  • Chapter Author: Mark Andresen
  • Chapter Created: Wednesday, April 02, 2014, 9:26:00 AM
  • updated: Wednesday, April 02, 2014 2:39:00 PM

Day was spent getting ready and eliminating extra items. I am convinced we have taken longer to dial in in the right gear than it will take us to do the last two degrees. We are limited to about 40lbs of gear per person. This includes sleeping system, all our lunches, which is basically a bag full of high energy junk food, and any clothing we are not wearing. This might sound like a lot per person, but it is not. Staying at a bunkhouse tonight, basically a room with a door and a bed. If I were writing the brochure for it I would call it cozy or quaint. Lots of people are here gearing up for trips to the ice, most for a few days, others for a bit longer. The peak season is through April as the ice begins to melt and move around too much when May arrives. Walked back to bunkhouse today from town and passed a school. We had to laugh because the kids were having recess and they were all outside in full arctic gear playing on the outside playground. Some kids were actually skiing around the playground, and sadly they were much better skiers than either of us. We laughed because it seems that our kids have school canceled anytime it snows, and forget about going outside when it is below zero (it is about -20 here today). Different culture here where kids get dropped off to school via snowmobile and get outside regardless of the weather. I like it... Will also have an additional site with updates, will post the address shortly. Attached picture of kiddies outside at recess.