Archive for November2011
Monday: The excitement from last night and this morning ebbed away during the morning hours. It soon appeared that the weather moved in again in the Axel Heiberg region and it was too risky to send the flight out.
On the bright side of life can be mentioned that it is stunning weather in the Chilean sector and our friend do a lot of skiing to get their body op to speed. They want to hit the snow running once they get out there. – Now it looks like Wednesday.
Monday morning: Life at Union Glacier is just bliss. After weeks in Punta Arena it just stuns you to arrive here. As the flights never go in even half bad weather, getting here is enough to give you a heavenly feel. The Sky is clearer than anything you have seen and seems much higher, the cold is cold but dry and you fell you can befriend it. The landscape is just stunning and frames the whole experience. So stepping out of the almost windowless Ilyushin cargo plane is (almost) worth the whole trip alone!
Life too is great. You sleep in your tent, but all meals are served in the big ALE mess-tents. And it is ruled by Ronny. Ronny Finsås is the most extreme expedition ski sailor in the world, but also a wizard in the kitchen. He and his staff will provide food you’d be lucky to find in restaurants.
On top of this, the days waiting is used, skiing, climbing, testing and trying to get the hang of the ski sails and kites they will use from the South Pole and out.
But, this do not overshadow the fact that the only thing out friends want is to get to the starting point and begin the real adventure. Now it looks like the forecasted snow showers will not happen on Monday, so we may have an unexpected weather window! In which case they will go in with all available planes to be sure everybody gets out in one go!!!
We are excited, the pilots can’t wait to go and all fingers are crossed!
Sunday morning: They moved closer to the fjord. Not a lot, but closer. 975 meters to be exact. But they had to go 3 times and were very happy with both the effort, the spectacular route and the most stunning camp till now. It was kind of both over and under looking the icefall.
Today they are going to push towards the fjord and secure the route as it has several small rappels, and they will have to go up again the fetch the last half of the equipment.
Very high spirit and they still believe they are on schedule for a pickup on Wednesday.