Exhausted and hungry
Published on 19.11.2011 - Cas & Jonesy : Crossing the Ice
A page of the expedition has been turned. It has finally stopped snowing which renders the ground more firm and they now are officially hungry at night !
Such an expedition is made of tiny details that make the outdoor life more confortable.
Besides a better weather that gave a better morale to both men, they took the time to repair the holes of their sleeping bags. "...Unfortunately both guys managed to put a hole in their sleeping mats. The reason that these holes are such a big deal is that it allows more cold to get in underneath while they are sleeping. This can make for a restless night and more achey muscles. They needed to spend a few hours yesterday repairing these punctures...."
After, they felt like being hungry for the first time since the start -they got accostumed to the fat probably. "They tell us that they are officially hungry now! For the first couple of weeks, Cas and Jonesy struggled to eat all of their high calorie foods. Now, it’s a completely different story. On some days, they consume 7000 calories and are still left hungry. Gives you an idea of how much energy they are burning! Even though they are hungry, Cas couldn’t be more excited at seeing the weight drop off and his body slowly turning back into his leaner former self...."
And finally came the better weather : "...It has finally stopped snowing and the ground is starting to firm up. Still very soft in some places, but at least they don’t sink with every step – it’s more like every third or forth step!
Made 11 km both today and yesterday. Still slow progress, but at least their pace is improving. They are behind schedule, but will re-evaluate their strategy at 82 degrees where they will drop a cache. Will be great for them to lose weight from the sleds, rather than just their bodies! ..."