Unfortunately it proved too difficult to reach my cabin. I was warned by the locals that traveling in the current conditions would not be easy, and they were right.
Many people have commented on how bad this particular winter is. Apparently during a normal winter, temperatures from time to time will reach above freezing and at this time the surface of the snow melts and when the temperature drops again the surface freezes hard, providing ideal traveling conditions. However, this winter the temperature has not gone above freezing since the middle of October and so the snow is very light and powdery, making it very difficult to walk and ski (I thought it was just my lack of experience).
With my pulka (I’ll be writing more about that next time) packed with my equipment and food
I headed off on skis towards the cabin
Immediately it was obvious that traveling with skis was going to be difficult. The skis were sinking into the snow so deep that I had snow up to my thighs. I could not slide with the skis, but instead had to lift them out of the snow each time and step forward. And in the deep snow the pulka was difficult to drag (pulling me back each time I tried to move forward) and was on its side most of the time having slipped into the deep ruts left by my skis. After 45 minutes I have traveled about 150 metres.
Eventually I gave up and made my way slowly back to my car.
Let’s hope the temperature rises soon but I think it’s unlikely as this morning it’s -35!!!