Expedition Starts Tomorrow!

We filled 22 fuel bottles of white gas this morning and tested the stove and lantern (everything works extremely well). After lunch, we spent another fantastic afternoon at the school in Qik and worked with Scott’s class on both the What is Climate Change to You? (WCCY) project and earthducation0. The students shared some wonderful stories with us about their culture/sense of place and they are excited to participate over the coming year in both projects. After leaving the school we faxed our park safety forms down to Billy in Pang and spent several hours packing and re-packing the pulks to find the best fit for everything. Wow, we have a lot of gear for 2 pulks and 2 backpacks; however, safety and warmth trump weight in this environment.

We leave first thing in the morning and will be sitting on the back of a komatek sled with all of our gear for a 2-hour snowmobile ride to the entrance of the pass (this was recommended to us in order to avoid polar bears along the northern end of the fjord). Tomorrow will be our first night on the land and we will do our best to continue with updates every day. At a minimum we hope to send a pic or two, an audio update, and possibly a Tweet every day. Also, if we can get the BGAN satellite working in the mountains, we should be able to send a short video or two. If everything goes as planned and the weather cooperates to some extent, it should take approximately 10 days to make our way through Akshayuk Pass.

Stay tuned and thanks for joining our kick-off to earthducation0 – Expedition 0: North America.


  1. Christie Wahlert
    Mar 19, 2010

    Charlie, I can’t wait to see more updates! This sounds like a freaking awesome adventure – keep up the good work.

  2. Chris
    Mar 19, 2010

    Have a safe trip!

  3. Mom
    Mar 20, 2010

    Safe travels…love, Mom

  4. Steve
    Mar 20, 2010

    Looks like an awesome adventure so far-look forward to your updates. Safe travels!

  5. char
    Mar 20, 2010

    stay safe-we’re watching