Hi everyone 🙂
In this post I want to continue the storm theme from last week and share some footage of the snow storm we experienced.
This storm arrived three days after we survived the piteraq, and stopped us in our tracks for another couple of days. Unfortunately it settled right over the top of us and was not moving at all, and literally started burying our camp. We were not in a position to move either given how fresh the snow was, and given a new gound level was being created around us it would be virtually impossible to re-anchor the tents properly on a new location had we tried.
One serious risk we faced in this situation though was the snow setting into ice – which would happen at some point – and trapping our gear. If this happened then it was going to take an extraordinary amount of energy and effort with our ice picks to try and recover everything to pack up camp.
Luckily around 14:00 on the second day a small 'break' in the weather came, and when I say 'break' I mean we could now at least see what our feet were standing on 😉 *chuckle*.
A group decision was made and we decided to take the chance whilst we could to start working our way out from under the storm. If we lost this small window of opportunity and lost the next day as well then time (and food) was going to become a serious concern.
By the way, the new ground level around our camp when we left was approx 1.5-2.0m's above what we had initially set up. But more scarily, 20m's behind our camp in the direction of the wind, there was another new ground level approx 4-5m's high which our guide Robert walked up onto! I know, crazy huh! We could see the top of it ever so slightly and initially thought it was the horizon. We were wrong.
Hope you enjoy the video, ciao for now!
Photos: Making camp as the snow storm hits, and breaking trail through the powder after finally leaving it behind (don't let the photo fool you – when I unclipped from my skis for our first break my leg sunk down into the snow over my knee!)