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We are a Boundary Waters canoe trip outfitter, Quetico outfitter, and guide service in Ely, Minnesota. This Boundary Waters blog shares photos, stories, humor, skills, and naturalist insights from guiding in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).

Most entries are from our founder and head guide, Jason Zabokrtsky. He is the Boundary Waters Blogger.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Face of 40 Below

Tim, from Kentucky, is on a dogsled trip this week. He helped with feeding and caring for the dogs this morning, during the coldest part of the day.

It took less than 15 minutes for his eyebrows and eyelashes to freeze up in temps south (not South Beach warm 'south,' but lower down on the mercury thermometer 'south') of 40 below F.

The official thermometer at the Ely airport quit working at -39 F, during the night. The temps bottomed out several hours later. Local low temp reports ranged from -43 to -49 degrees Fahrenheit.

Forecasters predict 40 below again tonight.

Yes, we're still dog sledding.


Northland said...

That's getting to be Alaska cold over there! Good thing you have guests who are willing to help out in the dog yard.
I don't envy Goose, pulking it in the deep cold.... I must be getting old (wiser)!

Kate Ford said...

Wow, that is a neat photo. Very artistic, too! Winter provides some unique photo opportunities. Nicely done!