I received a satellite message from the Frozen Five Sunday night around 11:30. I will get a message every three days or so which will allow me to update the French and English blogs. Visit the website to follow their progress on the updated map.
Photographs illustrating articles come from the Frozen Five pictures gallery.
Here is what Lucas told me :
The five members of the team and the dog André are all well. At 11:30 PM, they had just finished setting up their tent as Sunday has been a long and hard day : they have covered twenty kilometres, skiing in extreme cold with lots of wind and managed to cross Van Mijen Fjord.
The weather has been perfect since they left Longyearbyen last Thursday but at the same time, very cold : temperatures go down to minus 30° Celsius and more!
They have to go back to an almost-animal like life or rather a survival life. Every movement can turn out to cause great pain. For example, touching metal is very painful, so one has to anticipate to protect oneself, and secure fingers, feet, or face from frostbites.
However, the extreme cold has helped them in their progress because it ensured very good ice and snow conditions on the fjord.
Friday, friends from Longyearbyen visited them by scooter and brought some forgotten necessities (see previous message ). The team sends their warmest thanks to their visitors for the great time and evening spent together!
They also want to thank all the people who attended their departure ceremony in front of UNIS : the cheers and help from everyone will follow them all the way!
Many encouragement messages also reached them by e-mail. One point though : please send e-mails using the form available on the Iridium website :
or the following address :
but not the Frozen Five website (the messages sent by the F5 site were not easy to read).
To-day April 2 is an off-day in order to relax aching muscles after the quick pace of the last four days and to dry frozen and wet equipments!