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Jan May­en wea­ther

We had gone into the slee­ping bags with high expec­ta­ti­ons for a rest­ful night and exci­ting days to come, but the­re would be no rest and exci­te­ment was to come in a slight­ly dif­fe­rent way than expec­ted. Strong gusts came over the hills from the north to remind us whe­re we real­ly were, just in case anyo­ne had for­got­ten. The noi­se of flap­ping can­vas  and worries about the sta­bi­li­ty of the tents kept most, if not all, of us awa­ke, cer­tain­ly my fel­low tent mate Gud­jon, our helms­man and gla­cier spe­cia­list and me.

And inde­ed, next morning the tents made a mixed impres­si­on at best. Wet ever­y­whe­re out­side and most­ly also insi­de, inclu­ding items that you would real­ly pre­fer to have dry. One tent part­ly bro­ken for the time being. To sta­bi­li­ze the other ones, again we car­ri­ed tons of stones. Rain run­ning down insi­de the clothes, sand grin­ding off the skin from wet hands, but at least the tents stay whe­re they are. Black humour insi­de the kit­chen tent, whe­re we warm our cold fin­gers with hot tea cups.

Click on thumb­nail to open an enlar­ged ver­si­on of the spe­ci­fic pho­to.

In the after­noon, the wind calms slow­ly down. Litt­le walks bring back warm­th and good spi­rits. I real­ly hope we won’t get ano­t­her wea­ther front like this too soon, we have had more than our share of it, as we all agree. Lack of sleep sin­ce we left Ice­land. A calm night is what I real­ly need. Sure I am spea­king for all of us.

By the way, my new book is in print and it can now be orde­red 🙂 it is a pho­to book with the tit­le “Nor­we­gens ark­ti­scher Nor­den (1): Spitz­ber­gen – vom Polar­licht bis zur Mit­ter­nachts­son­ne”, with Ger­man text Click here for fur­ther details!

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