Posts in category Greenland Spring 2013
It was a happy bunch that called in today via normal mobile phone. Bengt said again that the team spirit on this trip was exceptional and that everyone had performed great.
They should already have been picked up by boat now, and tomorrow its the scheduled helio out to Kulusuk and later to flights beyond.
Tomorrow is by the way Bengts 40 years birthday! Think they will have a great celebration.
Team photo at the last day of the expedition;
Thanks for a great job guys!, regards, Borge
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Just a quick note to tell that I got a call from Bengt this morning saying that they are down at the beach waiting for pick up, all is ok. Well done!
Position at the beach
Lat+65.608250 Lon-038.856733 Alt +413 ft (8s ago) 02-Jun-2013 23:35:14 UTC http://map.iridium.com/m?lat=
Sun baked on white snow with intense reflection and the still air made it very hot yesterday, with up 20 degrees plus, which is actually worse than the cold. Heat sucks energy out of the body. Snow got sticky and tit was a hard day but 29 km covered. Not bad at all and as Bengt says, spirits is high and its very good to be on Greenland right now.
Now its only 12 km to the icefall and around 35-36 km to the coast. They will try to get as far as possible today, hopefully all the way down, today, since weather forecast for tomorrow is not so good.
So fingers crossed for the icefall.
Lat+65.743333 Lon-038.905633 Alt +2523 ft (0s ago) 02-Jun-2013 16:44:11 UTC http://map.iridium.com/m?lat=65.743333&lon=-038.905633
(this position is from tonight, evening camp position, so it looks like they did not get all the way down, but it is nor far to go).
Last night camp positions
Lat+65.910433 Lon-039.851166 Alt +4081 ft (1m33s ago) 01-Jun-2013 00:01:35 UTC http://map.iridium.com/m?lat=65.910433&lon=-039.851166
It was totally whiteout when they woke up last morning, but cleared when they were ready with skies on. Whiteout in this altitude means in most cases that they are in a middle of a cloud, with more or less zero visibility. Contours on the ground disappears. The guys further back can rest their eyes on the sled in the front, that’s a luxury the first guy doesn’t have and it can be difficult to keep direction under such circumstances.
What we normally do then is to attach a piece of lightweight string or fabric to the ski pole, and depending on where the wind is coming from, ski at the same angle to the wind all the time. Every hour or so we check the heading with GPS to see if the wind has changed.
But after start it cleared up, and became a really good day with 30.5 km distance done, in 9 marches. Not bad at all, especially since temperature was quite hich and they had some sticky snow.. It is now less than 90 km left to the coast, and it should be possible to complete the rest of the trip within 3 days.
Last camp position:
Lat+65.981683 Lon-040.543433 Alt +5699 ft (6s ago) 30-May-2013 23:29:47 UTC http://map.iridium.com/m?lat=
Forgot to post the last camp...
Lat+66.128433 Lon-041.766850 Alt +6962 ft (9s ago) 28-May-2013 22:27:04 UTC http://map.iridium.com/m?lat=
Another good day with 26 k done, and the start of a notably downhill slope towards the east coast.
Yesterday started with a bit rough conditions, sastrugi and headwind, but snow surface evened out later in the day and progress increased. Such is the conditions on Greenland, never the same, and always a surprise everyday.
Yesterday they met the German team, who perhaps will join us down the icefall. They have the same flight out, and Bengt estimate 6 days more, 4 days through the icefall and two days more out.
From here they will have a drop in altitude of 250 metres a day, which will help as well. You never know, but things look good so far and as before Bengt says they are having the time of their life.
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They did 29 km the day before yesterday, mainly because they had the wind in the back and could do almost 4 km an hour. But the wind also whipped up the snow surface, creating a lot of sastrugi (Sastrugi is a Russian word for snowdrift).
So yesterday was a bit shorter with 27 km skied in 8 hours, not counting the breaks. It started with the wind in the back, which gradually turned against, which always makes skiing a bit chilly.
But they are on teh way down, 2300 meters now, they was at 2500 at the top, and expedt the drop to increase the next few days. Minus 15 C yesterday morning and around 20 during the night. Summer is coming and together with lower altitude, temperatures will rise.
All si well as before and the while team enjoying every day. The day before yesterday was especially beautiful, Bengt said, with a strong wind drifting snow like a moving carpet towards the low evening sun in the horizon.
They have just seen the camp belonging to a German expedition, probably, and expect to meet them today.
Last camp positions:
Lat+66.183916 Lon-042.320950 Alt +7428 ft (37s ago) 27-May-2013 21:56:04 UTC http://map.iridium.com/m?lat=66.183916&lon=-042.320950
Lat+66.240216 Lon-042.906716 Alt +7828 ft (7s ago) 26-May-2013 22:05:34 UTC http://map.iridium.com/m?lat=66.240216&lon=-042.906716
Bengt sent a couple of images from the windy conditions the day before yesterday, and the camp yesterday.
Another lovely day - perfect! Still a bit of ”sastrugi” (snowdrift) and cold, but good going for the team who seems to be in their best shape ever!
They increased the daily leg to 9 hours, and did 30 k in great weather. It’s a bit of loose snow up here, but a sole of solid snow under so its only the first person who have to struggle a bit, thus they change going in the front. As the team get more efficient it doesn’t take long time to pack down and set up the camp, so even if they have increased the day, they do not loose any camp or rest time.
From here it’s a long downhill slope to the east coast. Bengt say spirits is high, and that they are a great team.
Lat+66.291266 Lon-043.537033 Alt +8097 ft (10s ago) 25-May-2013 22:14:04 UTC http://map.iridium.com/m?lat=