Questions & Answers Wk 14

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Without a doubt, our favorite part of exploring is meeting new people, experiencing new cultures, and learning lots!

It is so cool to meet new people who live in a way that is completely different from us. It is fascinating to see how they live their lives!

And although everything is so different when we experience new people, their language, food, traditions, and everything else about their amazing culture, we realize that, despite all the differences, we are all really more alike than we sometimes realize. Some of us may live in a portable, round house made out of sealskin and some of us may live in the city and have never even been camping—but we all need food, shelter, hope, and love. So this helps us be even more tolerant, accepting, and welcoming of new people and experiences!

What is your favorite part of the expedition?

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Depending where we are, this can vary greatly.

Most communities have electricity. This is not necessarily as a result of an electric line running into the building or dwelling. Typically, electricity comes from generators. We've been in communities before that have had to conserve energy and as a result, turned off all generators at certain times of the day and night.

The types of bathrooms in communities vary as well. Out on the trail, we are accustomed to using the great outdoors. When in communities, larger buildings like community centers and schools typically have toilets, etc. This may not always be the case with individual homes. The permafrost will often-times prevent the necessary plumbing required for running water so flush-toilets are not always available.

When you have traveled to villages on the various expeditions, what kind of modern conveniences do the villages have? Do they have electricity and bathrooms?

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If you fall into the ice, the first thing you do (once you are out of the water) is to roll in the snow!!!

This may sound a bit strange, but what happens is that the snow will act like a sponge, like paper towels, "sucking" the water, out of your clothing and away from your skin. Next your team mates will grab a bivy bag of the sled, you take off your clothing and you get into the sleeping bags in the bivy bag. If we have any warm water bottles we will put them in the sleeping bag with you , to help get it warm. Then we set up the tent, turn on the stove and get you inside in the heated tent.

Once inside the tent we will hang the wet clothing on the drying rack in the top of the tent. If we can't dry it in one night, you will have to use your spare set of clothing.

How do you dry clothes if you go into a pond?

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As you can read on the Windchill page in the A to Z section there are 4 degrees of frost bites, the mildest being a "frost nip".

On a 3 month expedition Mille did in 1992 she had a British team member "Martin Hignell". On the expedition one day Martin froze the tip of every finger on his right hand severely. He had a 3rd degree frostbite. But he was very lucky - he still has all his fingers today.

If you get severely frost bitten it means you can't work as hard as part of the team because you have an "injury". So, we are embarrassed when we get frost bites. It is a pride to be so good at taking care of yourself while out on the expedition that you avoid frost bites!

Has anyone's toes or fingers ever frozen? (literally)

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