Today, we visited the Alaska Air National Guard Unit, home of Bobby Schnell (who won the Alaskan Mountain Wilderness Classic with Jason Geck 2005), among other adventuring colleagues of our team.
I learned that these are the boys who will pluck us from the interior if things go seriously awry. I also got the sense that the same fellas will be watching us with a sense of ... duty? Or was it jealousy ;)
Fortunately, we're not counting on a Herc-fed bird (yeah, we'll be that remote) to yank us home, but it's nice to know they're there.
Our visit focused on the prevention of taxpayer chaos by learning some effective pain management techniques, which included some insider tips on blister treatment, local anesthesia, and a painkilling cocktail of over the counter meds that promises to keep us moving toward Anaktuvuk Pass.
And you all think we have a lot of gear at home? You should see their gear lockers...