Yesterday, Joe and 23 of our malamutes departed for the 2013 Arctic Expedition. They left just before 1am on Saturday morning and traveled safely up the Dalton Highway to their starting point. We are so thankful for Merrill Powers and his family for all their help getting Joe’s sleds and gear to the starting point each season. We couldn’t do this without their logistical support.
It was –25°F and windy when Joe got up there yesterday afternoon, but by mid morning today, it was 25°F above and looked like a little storm might be moving in. It always takes Joe a few days to organize his gear and pack up the sleds once he makes it up north, so he plans to start breaking trail with the team either tomorrow or the following day.
This is the first year since I’ve known Joe that he hasn’t traveled with a satellite phone. It’s already weird not to be able to hear his delayed, tinny voice on that phone at least once a day, but the good news is that he is traveling with a DeLorme inReach tracking and communication device, so we can text each other. Let me tell you, I already love the DeLorme! I tracked his progress on the road yesterday and it worked like a charm. I can’t wait to see how well it holds up in the extreme cold.
Stay tuned for more expedition news!
*DeLorme provided the inReach device, but as always the opinions shared on this blog are our own.