Sutton River near the junction with the Warchesku River

Sketches: Jon Berger

Half-Naked on the Dark Tundra

On the tenth night we were camped on the edge of the barrens and the wind was howling.  At three in the morning a tent pole broke. Jon crawled outside in his shorts to find a way to keep the tent standing for the rest of the night. After two or three attempts at trying to rig up a temporary solution with pieces of wood and duct tape, spicing this with a colorful choice of descriptive vocabulary to express his feelings about the situation ... and all the while being half asleep ... he finally tied the rope from the tent peak to a dwarf tree. 

I tried so hard to not laugh while I sat inside holding the flashlight for him. I would have been willing to sleep in the tent even with it down on top of me to avoid going out in that  bitter wind. I recall him jumping back in his bag and falling asleep before his head hit the ground.

    Brian Beaton

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