19 days to Baffin

Little by little the Penny Ice Cap Expedition is taking over my mind and my time. Abstractions and generalities about a great adventure turn into a thousand details that matter. The easy details are taken care of, and the tough ones are now front and center, as the clock ticks away towards our scheduled take off: April 10, 1500 UTC.

In parallel, we build our support network. Patrick will handle emergency operations, were they to be needed. He will also channel social networking for Science in the Wild. Wendy is Master Nutritionist for the expedition; and will handle social networking for Boundless Focus. We are recruiting a weather person, to keep us aware of the meso-scale picture while on the ice cap.

As the date approaches and we figure out all of the equipment details, we are about to shift to mission simulations – on the ice, and in the…

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2 responses to “19 days to Baffin

  1. Incredible!
    I just started blogging last week, and it is a pleasure that I came across your blog.
    It has inspired me to publish my first article.
    Thank you 🙂

  2. Brock Buildersteel

    I stumbled upon your Blog / journal by way of WordPress Discover link – As I see you’re an explorer and off to Penny if not already there; I wished to ask you a question, and understanding her upon quick glass that you may have a degree or doctorates in Sciences? If so, and if you happened to venture a few hundred yards away from your colleagues’ at Base camp, and if you came upon something impregnated in the glacial ice that was so unorthodox, that you would even question the reality of moment in your findings. If the Discovery was against all of which you were taught and of all rational thinking. Would leave be and walk away, making note of the entire discovery there within the ice’ upon returning home, and hide it away within your personal journal / diary. Or would alert other of your team and discuss of what to do next together?
    I shall leave you with a few thoughts to ponder upon as you may. Thank you. And if this is deemed as an intrusion, forgive me.

    ◄►Global Sasquatch Encounters ►Time Line ◄►

    Ape like Monsters –
    ►840 C.E. – Sightings of monstrous apelike creatures lurking in the darkness of forests and mountainous regions of the world have been reported since the middle Ages. In 840 C.E., Agobard, the Archbishop of Lyons, told of three such demons, “giant people of the forest and mountains,” who were stoned to death after being displayed in chains for several days.

    ►986 AD. Recorded by Leif Ericson and his men. During their first landing in the New World, the Norsemen wrote about manlike beasts that were “horribly ugly, hairy, swarthy and with great black eyes.”
    Among his accounts, Leif told of seeing hairy men who towered over him and his men. The: huge hairy men”, according to Leif, lived in the Woods and had a rank odor and a deafening shriek. It should be noted that Leif Ericson and his men describe huge man – like beasts that were loud and foul – smelling and clearly distinct from native peoples. Apparently, Leif had several sightings of the “huge hairy men” before departing the Island.
    They called the Creature “Skellring”. People believe that the creature “Skellring” is what we know today as Bigfoot.

    ►1000 A.D. ◄► first reported Sasquatch Encounter were the Events of attacks and harassment of Viking explorer Leif Erikson While Leif Erikson and his crewmen explored The East coast of Canada’s Newfoundland Island. Which was around – – 1000 A.D. (ish). ◄

    ►1205 A.D. – June – England – In his Chronicles, Abbot Ralph of Coggeshall Abbey, Essex, England, wrote of a “strange monster” whose charred body had been found after a lightning storm on the night of St. John the Baptist in June 1205. He stated that a terrible stench came from the beast with “monstrous limbs.”
    Villagers of the Caucaus Mountains – have legends of an apelike “Wildman” going back for centuries. The same may be said of the Tibetans living on the slopes of Mt. Everest and the Native American tribes inhabiting the northwestern United States. The Gilyaks, a remote tribe of [Siberian Native people, claim that ‘there are animals inhabiting the forests of Siberia’ ◄►that have human feelings and travel in family units.◄].
    Based on the eyewitness descriptions of hundreds of reliable individuals around the world who have encountered these creatures, it would seem that the creatures are more humanlike than apelike or bearlike. For one thing, these giants are repeatedly humanlike footprints.

    ► 1427 A.D. Central Mongolia ► Early in the fifteenth century, Hans Schiltenbeger was captured by the Turks and sent to the court of Tamerlane, who placed him in the retinue of a Mongol prince named Egidi. After returning to Europe in 1427, Schiltenberger wrote about his experiences. In his book, he describes some mountains, apparently the Tien Shan range in Mongolia: ►
    ► “The inhabitants say that beyond the mountains is the beginning of a wasteland which lies at the edge of the earth. No one can survive there because the desert is populated by so many snakes and tigers. In the mountains they live wild people, who have nothing in common with other human beings. A pelt covers the entire body of these man creatures. Only the hands and face are free of hair.”
    ► “They run around in the hills like animals and eat foliage and grass and whatever else they can find. The lord of the territory made Egidi a present of a couple of forest people, a man and a woman. They had been caught in the wilderness, together with three untamed horses the size of assess and all sorts of other animals which are not found in German lands and which I cannot therefore put a name to.” (Myra Shackley, Still Living: ► Yeti, Sasquatch and the Neanderthal Enigma, Page 93.).

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