Another good day on the ice! They have done 22 k today, which is a good progress, from here they should increase to about 25 k a day.
The first week is always the most difficult, sleds are heavy, its uphill through the icefall and they are not used to sleeping, eating and do what you have to do in the cold. After a week the team is much more adapted. So from here it will only be better.
At the same time they are also entering into higher altitude, with colder temperatures, and the wind will for sure increase at some point, making it a struggle from time to time. In my opinion they should be prepared for that by now.
It was Bengt that called in today and congratulated everyone with the 17th of May, which is the Norwegian national day, I hope they also has some celebration on the ice as well.
Snow was compact yesterday, temperatures mild, glide was good, so in other words a great day.
During the night the wind was shifting some more snow around, so we will se what that does with the conditions. Other groups have reported some Report that some problems with sow conditions, but I would not worry too much about that so in advance. Conditions change from day to day and it might be totally different when our team reach the same areas.
Bengt was also able to send some photos through, and the camp position is this one:
Lat+66.886333 Lon-047.980250 Alt +5033 ft (12s ago) 16-May-2013 21:01:21 UTC http://map.iridium.com/m?lat=