Questions & Answers Wk 13

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Actual temperature the coldest has been -63 F. The coldest windchill we have ever experienced was on last years expedition. We were in a storm with 65-75 miles an hour winds and minus 40 F. That is actually off the windchill chart...but it is something like - 90 to -100 F ...REALLY COLD is all we can say!

Be sure to check out more about windchill in the A-Z.

What's the coldest weather you've ever experienced?

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Indeed, these two types are the most common methods of hitching a team of dogs to a sled.

The dogs in a fan hitch are not in line, but rather tied individually to the sled, making an arc in front of the sled, like a fan. The Nome hitch, on the other hand, consists of one main line connected to the sled and smaller lines -from the main line- leading to the dogs. Sometimes the nome hitch consists of a single-file line of dogs from the sled, and sometimes they are paired in twos or threes.

Rough terrain and narrow trails are much easier to navigate with the nome hitch, keeping one or two dogs in the lead (rather than all). Our Polar Huskies are typically paired, pulling the sleds in a nome style.

Nome hitch and fan hitch are two ways to pull the sled right? Which hitch do you use most of the time?

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This has not been a problem thus far. While there are wild animals out here - mostly wolves - that could easily take something from camp, the twenty-five Polar Huskies are enough to keep these animals away. Generally wild animals are afraid of noise, so with twenty-five different howls, barks, and growls, our camp stays relatively protected!

Do wild animals ever take anything from camp?

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Although longer days mean more sunlight, and some warmer than usual weather, the dogs' coats have not yet begun to shed. We realize that the official first day of spring was over two months ago and we are now just 3-weeks away from the Summer Solstice, but up here in Nunavut we are still experiencing cold temperatures and winds. It still feels like winter here, and the dogs still have their winter coats!

We have heard from Basecamp that Freja, Timber and Lipton have all begun blowing their coats. Time to pull out the FURminator! :)

Are your dogs beginning to shed or "blow their coats" now that you are experiencing longer days?

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Inuktitut is spoken in Clyde River and Nunavut, along with several other languages. Widely used throughout the north latitudes, Inuktitut has many regional dialects. Despite dialectic differences, people across the Arctic can understand one another.

What language do the people of Clyde River speak?

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Good Question!

Did you happen to read Beacon's post to his blog yesterday? He talked a lot about this.


Even though it's so cold up there, does it ever just plain rain, or does always snow?


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It is so the GoNorth! team can easily spot and grab the tool (axe, saw, ice pick) easily. It is covered in duct tape as we found colored duct tape and thought it would be easier than trying to paint the tools.

In pictures from the trail we noticed the handle of the ax is pink. Why?

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We don't want to jinx anything-

Luckily and thankfully, no. Nobody has been hurt.


Have any of the dogs ever been injured on the expedition?

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Mrs Maas

Even though there are very few if any factories and not many people living in the areas around the poles, there is a large concentration of pollution in these areas.

This is due to what we call Transboundary Pollution. Air, river and ocean currents all move in major patterns from the mid-latitudes (Equator) of our planet to the poles - The Antarctic and Arctic region and back "down" to the middle. Scientists have found, that  pollutants like CFC gasses and pesticides from cities, farms and factories are found in these circulation pathways. So, in the process called Transboundary Pollution, these contaminants enter the atmosphere or river system for example here in Minnesota, and are carried to the poles. Once in the Arctic or Antarctic the pollutants are not easily burned-off by the sun nor do they evaporate as they do in warmer climates. At the poles it is as though they are being preserved in a large freezer. One example is a particular contaminant - in warmer climates it lasts 8 months, but when it gets to the Arctic it lasts for 40 years!

This build-up along with the climate of the polar regions is what scientist believes is causing the ozone to thin faster making holes above the poles!

Sorry, this was such a complicated answer - but it was a GREAT question...

Why are the holes in the ozone layer above the poles when not many people live there??

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No people actually live at the North Pole. The North Pole is a geographical spot in the Arctic Ocean.

BUT, we have learned a lot of our survival skills from the natives of the Arctic. If not most of them, because our skills were passed down to us from earlier explorers, who read or learned from other earlier explorers who learned "how to" from the natives.

And we are still learning today.

Have you ever learned any survival skills in your life from any natives of the north pole?

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