When you work out here in sub zero temps. you sweat. when you remove your hat, your hair freezes quickly !
All cracks are filled in with little pieces of ice that are easily crushed when a snowmachine travels back and forth. Many trips have to be made out there. this trail is under constant care being smoothed out for fast safe travel in case we have to evacuate the ice.
an empty barren land of ice. We are near land. You can easily see one of the markers just in front of that snowmachine. A wooden stake that is lined up with another one only visible by using binoculars. These stakes are set up in a line - to monitor which way the ice is shifting. Winds - currents all affect what happens out on the ice pack. Once you get far out, then the size of the pressure ridges are gigantic. We have no other choice but to go - straight through them. Our Captain - Euguene Brower is the president of the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission. He grabbed three of my sons and said. you are on my crew this year. He had heard about these boys, they are very famous for the ivory carviings in 3 villages all through out the northern arctic.
Out here.. 14 hour days, nothing but work, no place to go to warm up. The one question people ask me the most is.. .. where? do you go to the bathroom ?? Well the answer is obvious !!
You hide behind any large piece of ice, and do what you do as quick as possible !!