Sunday, March 18, 2007

Spreading food around Spitsbergen

After enjoying a great kitchen-to-kitchen party in Nybyen (the home of arctic students), Kim, Ulli and Lucas had a tough morning! Due to stormy weather (70km/h winds on Saturday) all activities had been canceled for the weekend, but late at night yesterday, a short window of not-too-bad weather was forecasted which seemed good enough to try to drive to Austfjordneset, in northern Spitsbergen, to bring one of our food depots. Therefore, the 3 of us had to get up after a short night sleep to pack the sledges and prepare the snow-scooter trip. Together with Eystein, a UNIS staff, Ulli and Kim left town at noon for a 300km journey. If everything goes well, they should be back tomorrow evening!

After spending most of the week organising the food, we finally got everything packed and ready to be taken to our 4 food depots. The total weight of our food seems somehow outstanding, Kim made an estimate of about a ton :) which is almost twice what we were expecting… better too much than not enough though!

On Friday, a helicopter flight to Vagabond was scheduled and I (Lucas) was invited to join, in order to bring our food to the boat. Unfortunately the weather was too bad to take off! Another attempt should be made on Monday, let’s hope it goes better this time!

Today the temperature has dropped to -15, the windchill is about -40. While skiing up Sarkofagen, one of the mountains around longyear I really started to get the feeling of “being in the arctic”, to make it simple: I froze my butt! Great feeling!

10 days to go! Cheers,


Der Wilderer said...

Oh man, skiing up Sarkofagen.... wish I was there, too. Watch your butts out there ; )

Best wishes for your expedition,


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