Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Posted by Ed Plumb at 9:41 PM
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Prospect Creek Camp was located at the bottom of the valley in the distance. This is the winter road to Bettles and the camp was situated near the start of the road.
Vostok Station, Antarctica: -129º F (-89.4º) - And the coldest temperature ever recorded was measured at the Russian research station located high on the Antarctic plateau on July 21, 1983. (Nope...I didn't take this shot...but maybe some day I will visit Vostok station).
Sunday, January 20, 2008
The early-afternoon sun sheds a warm glow on the Borealis Cabin. We departed Fri evening for the 20-mile ski to the cabin. We didn't hit the trail on Saturday until the crack of noon.
Most of the cabins are all setup with a table, stoves/lanterns, and plenty of places to crash at night.
A picture perfect view from the Wolf Run Cabin
Some sections of the trail were open meadows and exposed to the wind
Sunday, January 13, 2008
The late morning light reflects in the window of Moose Cr Cabin
It was a chilly weekend in Fairbanks with temperatures hovering between 20 and 30 below zero F. An invigorating bite to the air, the eternal frost covering the landscape, and the subtle pastels of the mid-winter sky made it all too alluring for me to head out of town to a cozy cabin tucked back in the White Mountains north of Fairbanks. Dan, Sky and I skied out under a star filled sky Fri evening with our headlamps illuminating our way.
A dog musher headed deeper into the wilderness passes us on the trail.
Dan and Sky are ready to hit the trail. With only a few layers on we remained comfortably warm if we kept moving but the moment we stopped to stuff food into our mouths our core body temperature would instantly plummet. So we maintained a pace that was just intense enough to keep us warm but not hard enough to get really sweaty.
At these temperatures vehicles don't like to work unless they are plugged in or resting in a warm garage. So it took us about 45 minutes to heat up the engine block using a propane fired weed burner torch and a stove pipe.
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
As usual we hauled in a wide selection of food and alcohol. Some of the girls got out of hand dancing to the cheesy music blaring from the hand cranked (batteryless) radio. Mike took advantage of the moment jumped into the posse of women.
The climb out of the hot springs is long and arduous. Here come Sharon and Mark-E making there way up one of the long steep sections of trail.
Posted by Ed Plumb at 9:46 PM