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Arctic summers come and go quickly, and it is not unusual to need a winter parka even in July. Toward the end of a difficult summer expedition, Margaret Doutt expresses her frustration:

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"Once again we were impressed by our utter subservience to the whims of the weather. It was now nearing the end of August, and storms and rough water delayed us almost a week . . . The waves broke over the bow of the canoe, bathing us in a constant spray of cold salt water. Salt crystals formed in the corners of our eyes and about our ears.

". . . traveling was practicable only a few hours each day before strong winds and squalls would compel us to seek a sheltered harbor to boil the kettle and hope impatiently for a calmer sea . . ."

Photo: The team taking a break in August 1938, with sea ice already approaching.

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