The end of the adventure
Published on 03.06.2008 - 2008 Ellesmere Island Expedition
After 62 days of travel, Will Steger's team has finally arrived at Eureka, the end of its adventure.
The final days of their trek were without doubt some of the finest of the entire journey. At least that's what the people who write the website have been reporting during this final week of the expedition. It has to be said that the team has crossed some of the most rugged terrain in the world, where humans virtually never venture. Herds of musk oxen and visits by a few wolves were daily occurrences over the final eight days or so.
"This will always be the BEST day of my life," wrote Sigrid Ekran, the 27-year-old Norwegian who accompanied the group. "I am sitting in my tent with a big smile on my face. It has been a big day since we got up this morning. We took lunch with staff at the base (ed: they have arrived at the Eureka weather station) before taking a few more rations for our dogs and setting out further to the south. We were camped as usual in a very beautiful spot, when suddenly we saw one, then two and three, and finally eleven wolves come roaming into the camp. ... Their attitude was in no way aggressive and when we gestured at them to go away, they obeyed!!! ... "
While one part of the team is taking the plane to Eureka base, the others are returning with the dogs to Resolute Bay. They hope to get in some skiing along the way and that spring doesn't come too early.