In addition, here is a very short video I made of the trip. I made it as a teaser for some of my facebook friends, many of whom live or are are from other countries and have no idea what living in the cold is about.
Far out! Hard-core man!
Joy is a great teacher, but so is dispair. Wonder is a great teacher, but so is confusion. Hope is a great teacher, but so is disillusionment. And life is a great teacher, but so is death. To deny yourself any of those in any aspect is not experiencing life totally.
Reading your excellent report, my hands and feet started to burn as if half frozen. My hat's off to you for facing such a challenge. The rewards of outstanding winter beauty seem well worth it. Thanks for sharing your experience and great photos.
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