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Friday, 14 April 2017 23:50

North Pole Last Degree - Helicopter transfer to starting point

The last degree ski teams called in updates tonight.  All teams arrived at Barneo base camp eager to go.  They worked out their kit, fuel, etc. and then got a helicopter ride to their respective starting points for their official start.  Listen (or read) the updates from Keith Heger, Dexter Salna (team Cool Running) and Annie Aggens (team Polaris) below.

Hello, this is Keith calling in from the PolarExplorers’ last degree team with my teammates Andrew, Patch, Niall, Martin, Lindsay and Mark.  We had an exciting afternoon after waiting for our flight out to the Barneo base camp from the town of Longyearbyen.   We departed Longyearbyen about 4:30 in the afternoon. We arrived at the Barneo base camp at about 7:00, a 2 1/2 hour flight onto the Arctic Ocean.   There we were greeted by our friend Victor Serov, the base camp manager. We were allocated our fuel. We had a briefing with him. Our team had a chance to walk into the mess tent there and get some stamps and enjoy some of the luxury that is Barneo, only set up for about 3 weeks out of the year.  From there we boarded an MI-8 helicopter. We had a great 45 minute flight and now we are located at 89°  North at East 110°.  We skied for about 20 minutes just to warm up and get a feel for everything.   We set camp quite late here for us, we will stay on Norwegian time, about 1 AM.  We're going to get at it tomorrow and hopefully put in a full day so stay tuned for more.

Hello, this is team Cool Running and reporting for them is Dexter Salna. We're at location N 89° 1 and E 109° 51.  We had a long day today.  Finally got into Barneo at about 7:30-8 PM and got a helicopter ride.  We landed at 10:30. We skied for one hour and set up camp for 2 hours. So not an eventful day, and hopefully tomorrow we won't have any big events but go a lot further. Signing out is Dexter Salna

Hello, this is Annie, calling from Team Polaris. We haven't confirmed that name, but we're using it for now, and we have a beautiful night here on the Arctic Ocean.  The wind is calm, the sun is shining, we are all in our tents in the process of going to bed. We had an exciting day with our flight on the Antonov from Longyearbyen to Barneo where we spent about an hour or hour and a half organizing our kit and hanging out in the Barneo tents before we boarded the helicopter for what was about almost a 45 minute flight to our drop off point. We got dropped off with the team of Keith Heger and Andrew Leary and are in sight of them now although we expect we will lose sight of them tomorrow.   Everybody's doing good and we’re excited to have our first day under way. We're looking forward to tomorrow, and we look forward to talking with you soon.  Our position is North 89° 01.259 and East 109° 40.198.   Hope you're having a good night!  We look forward to talking to you tomorrow. Bye-bye!

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