Author: Mark Wise

  • Long Journey Home

    March 17, 2013

    Mark Wise

    It might be a little too much nostalgia or a longing to return to the ice but I am sitting in Keflavik airport amongst new friends waiting to board our return flight to London.  The pulks are gone, the skis, bindings, team kit, and harnesses the same.  Our Helly Hansen gear has also left and …
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  • Blizzard Winter Wonderland

    March 6, 2013

    Freezing times

    20 degrees below zero, 60 mph winds, blowing snow, and a hell of a lot of fun and excitement!  Nothing sparks your day up like the kick in the face from the freezing air. I came off the bus unprepared with the wrong mittens on, iced up goggles, some slightly exposed skin around my nose …
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  • TEAM US: Cold and Clammy

    March 6, 2013

    Iceland training Team USA

    Wild winds blowing at 45 mph, and temperatures of minus 20 degrees battered our vehicles as we first arrived at a glacier in western Iceland.  We headed upwind on our first day of training to gain some acclimatization to blizzard like conditions, while practicing movement with our sleds. While normally if the weather was as …
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  • Pulks packed and ready for adventure!

    March 5, 2013

    Mark Wise

    After loads of preparation we are now geared up and well ready to hit the glacier tomorrow.  Today was spent finalizing minor adjustments to our Helly Hansen clothing with their outstanding support crew, packing pulks, and working with stoves and tents. The weather changed drastically and the training conditions got more and more closely to …
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  • Fun with flags

    March 2, 2013

    Today we arrived in Iceland from London. After a quick 3 hour flight over the Isle and Atlantic, we quickly passed through customs and immigration. Our transportation from the airport to the lodge up near the glacier, north of Reykjavik, was on a massive truck specialized for glacier travel. The entire crew with all of …
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