Saturday, 15 April 2017 17:04

North Pole 10 km Expedition - First night on the ice

The 10 km ski team of Stuart and Alan Clark, Karen (Clark) Ashton, David McGrain (Chimu) and Jim Chaffin called in this morning.  They flew from Barneo to around 10 km from the Pole late Fri/early Saturday, skied for a bit then made camp and went to bed around 4 AM.

Here is the audio update from Karen:

Good morning from the Polar ice cap.  So we’ve made it through our first night after an adventure getting here.  We left the Radisson in Longyearbyen at about 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Went to the airport and got checked through by some burly looking Russian men then straight through straight onto the plane which had plyboard all over the windows which made me feel a little claustrophobic, but then everyone settled down and we flew out and landed at Barneo on the Polar ice cap.  We went into a nice warm tent where lots of people were hanging around drinking vodka.  It was a very odd experience.  We had hot chocolate and coffee, wandered around and used the bathrooms.  Then once our sledges and everything were ready to go, we all trekked out to a couple of helicopters.  Then off we went across the polar ice.  When we arrived everything was kind of a little bit gray and overcast but it was still amazing to be here.  After about 20 minutes on the helicopter a very thin line of sun appeared over in my guess what is probably the west somewhere.  Then it was a nice clear sky and everybody got a little bit excited in the helicopter.  Then after about 40 minutes we dropped off the first guys that were going on the last degree.  We left them looking teeny tiny on the ice.  Then we flew for about another half an hour, then dropped down, dropped all of our stuff off, we got down and then off the helicopter went and we were left there in the middle of nowhere.  We’re on the 10 km ski to the Pole.   We put all our stuff together and Nancy gave us a little pep talk, told us all about the polar bears that were pretty close by maybe.  Then off we went for a little ski which is just, you know, out of this world.  We found our camp and started putting our tents up.  I realized I had lost my bag so we had a bit of an adventure going back to try to get my bag which we found and everything was good.  And then we started eating and drinking and everyone went to sleep about 4:00 this morning.  We all slept well I think.  We reckon today is a good day as we’re going to visit the North Pole.  We’ll let you know how it goes.  Bye-bye.



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