Exped Report 6 - The Final Countdown

Our penultimate day didn't exactly end as planned. It was a glorious evening and, threatened with 30 knot winds and zero contrast for the following day, we decided to push on past midnight, despite having already walked continually for 13 hours. Faced with large expanses of soft snow and melt water, our pace slowed and as the current leader I began probing the more fragile looking areas, testing the ground was safe for us to continue. Now in hindsight, the answer to our question “can we make it through?” should have been “NO”, but we made a judgement and lived with the consequences…. A cleansing but somewhat unscheduled dip in the icy waters for me! Still, the team leapt into action and before I knew it I was butt naked in my sleeping bag, inside the tent, supping a hot ‘Hi 5 carb drink' & munching on Jenny's last bit of Milka chocolate. What a team! My little dip had however cost us a precious few hours & meant we didn't get to bed until 5am, delaying our final start time for our final day.

Now, I'm sure the others will agree with me, that the last day represents both the highest highs and the lowest lows of the whole expedition. It was a truly incredible day……..

Jo

 
























10/08/2006



Exped Report 8 - Many Thanks
Exped Report 7 - Homeward Bound
Exped Report 6 - The Final Countdown
Exped Report 5 - Daily Routines
Exped Report 4 - Waiting for Wind
Exped Report 3 - Reaching the East Coast
Exped Report 2 - Across the Ice Sheet
Exped Report 1 - The First Few Days
Expedition Reports - In the beginning...
Foxes back home
Day 36 - 4th June
Day 35 (3rd June)
Day 33 & 34 (1st / 2nd June)
Day 32 (31st May)
Day 31 (30th May)
Day 30 (29th May)
Day 28 & 29 - 27th / 28th May
Day 27 - 26th May
Day 26 - 25th May
Day 25 - 24th May
Day 23 & 24 - 22nd / 23rd May
Day 21 & 22 - 20th / 21st May
Day 19 & 20 - 18th / 19th May
Day 18 - 17th May
Day 16 & 17 - 15th / 16th May
Day 14 & 15 - 13th / 14th May
Day 12 & 13 - 11th / 12th May 2006
Day 10 & 11 - 9th / 10th May
Day 8 & 9 - 7th / 8th May
Day 7 - 6th May 2006
Day 6 - 5th May 2006
Day 5 - 4th May 2006
Day 4 - 3rd May 2006
Days 2& 3
Day 1
The final preparations...
Winners of the London Marathon!
Have harness… will travel…
Rachel Fox– a local celeb!
The official Postman to the Arctic Foxes
Progress Tracker
The London Marathon - apple bobbing
A wise old Fox…
MET office trials
Adventure First Aid Course
Final V02 fitness test results
A day in the life of a Fox….
The Foxy Farewell - Sat 8th April
Brecon Beacons Nav Training
Rachel's been to Iceland!
Let the packing begin...
Waitrose photoshoot & KMFM interview
We love Finse!
Quantocks Training
Back to Finse & Meeting the Polar Quest Team
New Year in Norway