Barney Eating Lunch – Day 31 Of SPEC

 

Whilst technology, communication, and content creation are key parts of this journey, it feels like this expedition is becoming more of a mind/body challenge.

Whilst technology, communication, and content creation are key parts of this journey, it feels like this expedition is becoming more of a mind/body challenge. All other priorities are fading by the wayside. One step in front of another is all we can focus on during the 9 hours of marching.

Something memorable happened today during our second last march whilst leading. I was focusing on a faint cloud formation on the horizon- trying to keep our bearing straight as possible. No music . A light wind. Overcast conditions cut out any shadows or contours in the ice.  It was like moving on a tread mill inside a giant cloud.

It felt like I disappeared for 10 seconds or so. All thoughts, pains, efforts to ski, even my focused breath dropped out. Eyes wide open, skiing in tempo focusing on that one point.  It was one of the most stilling moments I have experienced out here. There was a subtle humming that continued for 15 minutes after. My blisters and aching body soon returned to full sensations too!

We ended up covering 12.6 NM today.

14.4 NM yesterday.

This place connects leaves your raw and vulnerable- not always in such calming ways as mentioned above. With no option for anything else but ice, wind, sky, and yourself it leaves a lot of room to think. Without the Welshman and South African for a reference it would be a whole other level.  Much respect for the soloists who face this place on their own.

Song of the day on repeat in my head

“I’m not worried at All”

-Moby

Sending everyone some festive vibes from the middle of somewhere.

Barney

 

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