Magazine article Geographical

It's a Dog's Life: The Arctic Year Expedition Involves 12 Youngsters Spending Four Months in the Arctic. This Is the Second Update from Its Leader Mark Evans. (Arctic Year)

Magazine article Geographical

It's a Dog's Life: The Arctic Year Expedition Involves 12 Youngsters Spending Four Months in the Arctic. This Is the Second Update from Its Leader Mark Evans. (Arctic Year)

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Temperatures are now frequently below zero as the Arctic winter approaches, making the tundra much easier to walk on. On two occasions this week the sea has frozen over when the weather has been calm, resembling giant lily pads, joined by a thick paste.

After two weeks travelling on the glaciers and ice caps, the work of `digging in' the expedition base camp to cope with the winter storms has started in earnest. Our two new arrivals are now going about their work eagerly -- we recently walked through the hills into Longyearbyen to collect two large Greenland huskies that will act as bear alarms. Each dog weighs in at 50kg, and is capable of carrying 10kg in small panniers.

While we're snug and warm in our sleeping bags, the dogs live outside in the worst of the weather. They eat 500g of dried food daily, supplemented by the odd chocolate bar from an admiring young explorer.

Bears have broken into over 20 local huts during the course of the year, but we have yet to see any sign of one in our area. …

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