January 16-18: Bad Weather and a Move

Steven Dutch, Professor Emeritus, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

January 16

The weather was too unsettled to go anywhere, so we stayed in the camp area.

January 17: Well, It Seemed Like a Good Idea

Since the glacier hike on the 15th went so smoothly, we thought we'd hike over the glaciers to The Spit. On a nice day it would have worked, but up on the glacier it was white-out. We weren't that concerned about freezing (it wasn't very cold) or getting lost (it's a small island), but it was way too easy to fall off of or into something with this poor visibility. So we wrote it off.

January 18: This Was a Good Idea

By now we had noticed that the south side of the island took the pounding from waves, so we decided to move a Zodiac to the north shore at Pebble Beach. As radio man, I stayed behind while the others took a Zodiac to the Spit, lugged it across, then brought it around to Pebble Beach. It was a wet trip for them, but it turned out to be an excellent move.

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