46 kilometres left, all is well but lots of open water

Published 17.04 in category Last Degree Expedition 2006, North Pole 2006

Its Monday 17th of April. This morning met us with lots of fresh soft snow and more whiteout (low clouds or falling snow where shadows and contours on the ground disappear, it makes skiing more difficult). Conditions improved after two-three warm and hard hours, clouds lifted and weather got a bit colder. The rest of the day was beautiful with sun, no wind and minus 15C. Our group functions well and we help each other across the various obstacles. We have crossed difficult leads of open water today, where we also had to use our two large sleds as bridge to get across. This we can do on two-three meter wide leads. We lash the two sleds together to make a catamaran, and push them out in the water. This raft floats well and becomes a stable platform; we then crawl across to the other side one after another. This system works on small leads, but on wider leads we need to find a crossing point.

We did 15,5 kilometre on our ten hour long day. It’s now 46 kilometres left to the Pole, and it looks like we will make it with good margin. At the end of the day however, we came to an enormous lead, 3-400 metre wide. We made camp nearby this lead, and Thomas and I went out to look for a crossing point for tomorrow. Pressure ridges and large leads have one thing in common; they don’t last forever. When we meet such leads there is just one thing to do and that is to walk along it until we find a crossing point. They can be several kilometres long but sooner or later the lead will close. The good thing about such leads is that they take up a lot of the movement in the ice and we hope conditions are more stable on the other side. Looking forward to show you the photos from this great adventure. All are in good shape and without injuries.
Regards, Svante

All greetings have been sent to the participants via text message.



5 comments to 46 kilometres left, all is well but lots of open water5

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    Baby Moya, Moya, Catherine, Sandrine and Declan  /  April 18, 2006

    Baby Moya: waaaaahhhhh (translation: Go for it!)
    Moya: Enjoying the great reports!
    Catherine: Don’t worry dad I’ll record the rugby. Lots of love.
    Sandrine: Audace, encore de l’audace 😉
    Declan: Happy all goes well – keep conquering those leads!

    Love from all of us.


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    Shaen  /  April 18, 2006

    Fiona. What a fantastic team, everyone on this side following your progress closely, Clifton awesome today. warm thoughts. Go well


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    Dan & the Out There Team  /  April 18, 2006

    FIONA – Congrats so far. All of us wishing you well. See you soon in sunny Cape Town.


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    Fergus  /  April 18, 2006

    Lovely hurling Mick, keep it going. Big HI from me and Debbie. Cant wait to hear the stories from your adventure when we go down to Caherdaniel. If you happen to bump into the great man, stick me down for a new train set and a surprise. Remember, dont eat yellow snow. Good luck on the push for the Pole. All the best to you and the crew.


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    Shaen  /  April 19, 2006

    Fiona: impressive daily distances, guess those tropical islands must have been good training after all. Well done ol Mac, supose nows not the time to ask whats next?


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