Bengt Rotmo sent this message from: Lat 89.323578 Lon 98.416128
"Day 2: We have our camp site 76 km away from the pole. Found nice ice today, and had lots of wind from the back. Visibility was bad. The drifting is taking us towards the pole. All together it has been a long day with good progress..."
Team took off from Longyearbyen around 17:00 Norway time. Now they are at Barneo base.
Message sent from Lat 89.588173 Lon -26.946073
Hi, we are at Barneo now, came in late and will fly out to 89 tomorrow. Sleds are packed and all are good! Cheers! Bengt :)
As life goes on for most of us our small team of intrepid adventurers lead by Bengt Rotmo is about to tackle on the North Pole, one of the most inhospitable places on Earth... (or should we say on water ?).
Travelling through Norway, the Arctic territories of Svalbard, the "floating" Barneo base on the drifting Ice, and then up to 89 degrees of Latitude where they will star their skiing journey!
On this blog we will try to post as many news as the team can possibly share with us along the way.
Wishing them the best of luck and an exciting journey !
Daily life goes on, but our participants are already preparing for adventure: flights, equipment lists, training, accomodation and a myriad details....
Starting from Kangerlussuaq, West coast, on the 6th of May, on this blog we will be able to see daily reports (or as much as weather and conditions allow it...) from this small group of adventurers as they ski across the Islandis !!!
...endelig, vi fikk litt vind! Testing av skiseil og litt barskere forhold. Nedoverbakke til ravnastua, trivelig sted. Oscar vartet opp med historier og cola. Fortsatt mot karasjokk, og slo leir ikke så langt unna karasjoka. Middag rundt bålet, fv helmy, tomas og kai. Nå venter cafe og slokolade, rundt bålet. Vi er heldig !
We had a bit of wind today! Testing of sails and in general slightly harsher conditions. Downhill to Ravnastua, quite a pleasant place. Oscar came up with some stories and Coca Cola !. Camped not far from Karasjok. Right now we are having dinner around the fire, see photo (Helmy, Thomas and Kai) Now waiting for coffee and chocolate. We are lucky !
Lørdag 21st Februar:
...vindstille, med et stor smil om munnen gikk vi på tur i famtastisk vintervær -10.
Har slått leir med utsikt over store deler av finnmarksvidda. Morten, tomas og jeg avsluttet dagen med måneskinnstur. Sykt mange stjerner!!! Leir, ca 10 km fra ravnastua. Vi gleder oss til morgendagen
Saturday 21st February:
It is windless, and with a big smile on our faces, we are on tour in fantastic winter -10 Celsius degree weather.
Tonight we have camped with views over a large part of the Finnmark plateau. Morten, Thomas and I ended the day with moonlight, and an insanely many stars !!! Camp, about 10 km from Ravnastua. We look forward to tomorrow !
Temperature is minus 11, and a bit overcast, calm.
All team is fine, and we all look forward to a good night's sleep.
All the team got together at Alta on Wednesday, and left yesterday morning after preparations and meeting with Cristopher Eide, our guide.
No news from them except a short message saying all is well !
Probably more news tonight, and here is a photo of the team when they were about to leave from Alta.
74 days, 2045km. A lot of new records set. 45km in 18hrs the last day...
A lot more on the blog in the days to come. (Text-pics) just have to sleep a little first...
Thanks to all of you who have followed the blog.
Cheers from Are
One hell of a day!
Very mixed conditions, both weather and surface. From soft deep snow to huge sastrugies, we have been skiing alongside the mountains all day, and it has been so good to rest the eyes at something.
We did 44,8kms today, so that leaves us with “only” 43,9kms to go. We are very much looking forward to end this expedition in style tomorrow. Unfortunately the weather is supposed to be not good; very cloudy, very windy and very cold, so I doubt we will be picked up by the "pick-up plane" tomorrow, but you never know!Fingers crossed. One long haul to go.
Stay tuned and share on Facebook.
Soon we will make history..!
Going up?!?!? To 815m above sea level. Antarctica never stop surprising.
Sidewind of 12 m/sec most of the day, calming down in the evening. Surface soft, drifted snow, this means relentless hard work. Exhausting!
43,5km in 12hrs skiing. 86,5km left to Hercules Inlet.
The team is weak, tired and hungry now. Give us strength.
Have seen the Mountains both to the west and north all day. Perhaps Patriot Hills? Lars, what do you think?
Nice to have something to look at...
Whiteout and sastrugis, you know...What to say? 35km in 11h.30min.
Did not see more then 3m the intire day.
Pretty frustrating, but nothing to do about it. Just have to keep on working hard to get to Hercules Inlet on the 26 of January.
It means that we have to average 43.5km for four days. It is indeed possible, even though tomorrow is gonna be whiteout again.
Weather clearing on Saturday.
Jeg vil hilse til mor mi. Takk for at du følger med på bloggen. Glad i deg!
Weather better then expected today, which gave the opportunity to go back to plan A, and the usual schedule.
46,5km today and 253km to go!
Are, and team :)
Took half a rest-day today due to weather conditions. Then we did 24,1 km in very poor visibility in the afternoon. Supposedly the weather will stay shitty for at least the next two days. Whiteout. Exactly what we do not need right now....
Stay tuned for more fun from Antarctica in the next episode off "The weather fighters"
Hard work do pay off!
40,7km in a rather difficult day. Extremely hungry these days. Can't eat enough. Wind is picking up outside our Helsport-home. It is time for dinner, and after that maybe 1 or two biscuits if I can afford it. Might need them more tomorrow.
Have a nice week-end y'all. And I want to say Hello to Reidun in Trysil! And I want to wish Petter The best off luck with his new business! And to all others: invite me for dinner when I come home!
Cloudy but warm, and not very windy.Much better conditions for skiing today. Actually we do have some glide to the sleds.
40,1km and the spirits are high as a kite!
Tomorrow we start counting down the last approximate 10 days!
Exciting. Stay tuned for The action!
Unusually warm day. Minus 12-15C and no wind at all. Skiing in the shirt all day. Actually so warm that it makes you really tired and sleepy. Jeremie got a terrible headache, probably from not drinking enough when it has been as hot as today.
40 km off skiing on soft, dry snow.
Nothing for free, not ever...!
A transport-day with annoying low flat light all day, until we put the tent up. Then the sun came out, and is now spreading it's warm beams on us.
40km skiing in a terrain that went up and down like a rollercoaster all day.
Kebab-stew for dinner. Long live Real Turmat! Coffe and chocolate for dessert.
Sleds filled with food and fuel for 16 days, makes them a bit heavier and slower.
But, nevertheless we did 40km in little over 11 hours.
Steady on !!!