The team encountered some adverse conditions during the first full day of skiing today. Several of the guys slept cold which makes a challenging day that much harder. The weather conditions were beautiful for skiing (clear skies and a little breezy) but the terrain presented a never-ending gentle uphill slope.
The Svalbard Ski Expedition has finally begun! After a delayed flight (due to a medical emergency on board) the team gathered in Longyearbyen and sorted out all of their equipment. When we heard from them, everyone had just had dinner together and went over the expedition itinerary.
The Last Degree Ski team is getting a well deserved day of rest after their epic push to The Pole yesterday. This morning, they were picked up from their camping spot near the North Pole, and taken to the Barneo Ice Camp which provides logistical support for all of the expedition teams. They will spend the night there and plan to fly back to Longyearbyen tomorrow. In the mean time, the team will rest, celebrate, and mingle with the staff and other visitors at Barneo. Places like this often attract some very interesting people from all over the globe and our team will only add to the exciting mix. Stay tuned for an update from the team tomorrow once they have their feet firmly planted back on solid ground.
Photo sent from Keith team camped at the Geographic North Pole.