Full moon

A full moon has a huge effect on bodies of water like oceans and lakes but here where the Arctic Ocean is frozen solid, the sounds of a roaring sea are muffled into winter still, even here at 88 degrees of latitude the full moon has impact. Three days before, the ice starts cracking due to the gravitational pull of the moon and forms into pressure ridges, tucks and pulls and leads are formed. Since the start of our expedition we cross maybe on or two a day but today we crossed a dozen because of the full moon. We are lucky because the majority of the leads are frozen and we can walk across them but if the temperatures would have been a little higher, the crossings would be challenging and very time consuming. The leads may stay open a few more days and then close again as ice will push it together. The storm has abated finally and high pressure is building. Wind has shifted to the North and we skied 21 km today with the wind in our back, a record. A nice chance from last week’s painful experience of skiing in the wind. As we sleep, the drift will take us further south and hopefully soon we gain some more west. A. Very inspiring and optimistic day indeed, lets hope there are more on the way.