Archive for april, 2008

Iridium phone post by the expedition team

dinsdag, april 29th, 2008

A phone message has been left from the Icecap!
Click here to listen to it!

[audio:http://projectinlandice.brightmindmedia.nl/projectlog/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/pbpost5.mp3]

Iridium phone post by the expedition team

dinsdag, april 29th, 2008

A phone message has been left from the Icecap!
Click here to listen to it!

[audio:http://projectinlandice.brightmindmedia.nl/projectlog/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/pbpost4.mp3]

1/3 !

maandag, april 28th, 2008

After checking their last known position from monday 21 april with the position of DYE-2, i discovered that the team has done another 122 km in the past 5 days. So they are even faster than their 20 km-a-day-schedule!  They should now have covered about 200 km, and thus they are roughly on 1/3 th of the way.

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Greetings from the icecap!

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And since the team also reads their own website now and then: back home we’re also doing well, and we miss you! (we even videotape our dinners, so you might see our conversations pass by in the documentary)

Playboy christmas ’88 edition

zaterdag, april 26th, 2008

On the day that we planned a dinner with the five lonely girlfriends and boyfriend, the team phoned us, and we all spoke to our own partners for over 15 minutes. There is a lot to tell!

Today there was a 5 bft wind from the west, and they have used their kites for the first time. They have kited from 11.00 to 15.30, and in half a day they did 21 km; a distance that would take a full normal walking day. Although the first kite experiences didn’t go without a fight (a lot of falling and getting up again). Not everyone in the team is already fully used to the way the kite handles, and with this strong wind it can be very scary to kite so fast.

DYE2

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Another big milestone is that the team reached DYE-2, an old abandoned cold war radiostation from the US army. When they called us tonight, they were actually inside the station. The station was suddenly left when the cold war ended, and all installations where left in place. They are there still to date, even the food is still on the plates in the messroom. A spooky place to walk around…

The boys where especially happy, because they found the playboy christmas edition from 1988… Of course we would like to share this with you to, and therefore: this is the cover of that playboy. Enjoy it team!

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They are still having fun, and after such a big milestone as they have reached today, it’s up to the next big one: halfway their journey.

The weather has been quite calm the past week, but as of tomorrow, it will change. Day temperatures of -20, snow and strong wind. Fortunately, it blows in the right direction, but it will be a lot harder than it has been before. So keep wishing them good luck!

Close to DYE-2

vrijdag, april 25th, 2008

The team left a voice message and short email message yesterday. The team is fine. Raimo has some problems with his feet now. Jeffrey and Henk-Jan recovered from their blisters and are doing OK. Yesterday they had great weather: very sunny, no wind and high temperatures. They were able to walk in their sweathers with no coats on. However, the temperatures dropped quickly in the night. At the time they wrote me (around 22:30 Greenland time) it was already -25 degrees Celcius. Dye-2 is getting close now. The team thanks everyone for sending the SMS messages. Keep sending them!  

Iridium phone post by the expedition team

vrijdag, april 25th, 2008

A phone message has been left from the Icecap!
Click here to listen to it!

[audio:http://projectinlandice.brightmindmedia.nl/projectlog/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/pbpost3.mp3]

More than 100 km covered

woensdag, april 23rd, 2008

Yesterday, the expedition team left an email message from Greenland. Some of the information was also provided in the phone message the team left on this website.
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“Our first week on the ice was relatively warm, but the wind was strong. Today, we had temperatures around 0 degrees Celsius, but with a wind force of about 6-7 BF it felt cold. We really enjoy the comfort of our thick winter coats. We had some snow drifts. These are terrible since the snow gets into everything and then transforms into ice. The terrain is much easier now. We left the steep hills behind us and we now gradually gain height by about 150 meters a day. We passed the 100 km point and progress with little steps. Our next target is DYE 2. We will now crawl into our sleeping bags to give our muscles the rest they deserve.” The documentary team safely returned to the Netherlands yesterday. They had a wondeful trip and were able to make many beautiful pictures which will be shown as soon as they get available. Please also see their commentary to our previous post: “picking up speed”.

Iridium phone post by the expedition team

woensdag, april 23rd, 2008

A phone message has been left from the Icecap!
Click here to listen to it!

[audio:http://projectinlandice.brightmindmedia.nl/projectlog/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/pbpost2.mp3]

Picking up speed

dinsdag, april 22nd, 2008

Monday evening I had a phone call from camp6, and they are making good progress!

Now that they have finally reached the flat icecap, their day distances have increased: yesterday they did 20 km, and the day before 18 km. In total, the distance covered in 3 days between the previous waypoint and this one is 54 km.

The temperatures are still very high for a place that should be one of the coldest places on earth:  only -2 at day, and -8 during the night. Winds are still strong, 6-7 bft from the east. This gives a windchill factor of -30.

Everybody is still feeling well, but HJ still has some trouble with his feet, and Jeffrey has blisters now too.

Finally, there is also a message about the camerateam: they will return in Holland today, and hopefully they can already provide some nice pictures to publish on this site…

Out of the crevasses

zaterdag, april 19th, 2008

Yesterday evening, I had contact with the team, but almost everything I’m gonna write down they also put on the website as a voicemail message…

On friday, they have set up camp 3 on the following location: N67 03.701 W049 24.095.  If you have google earth, you can exactly point out their location, and when comparing it with the coordinates of point 660, the place where they entered the icecap wednesday, they have now covered 29 km in 3 days.

image00001_small.JPGThat is not a spectacular day distance, but when you consider the first kilometers on the icecap look like this, it is not bad!
The conditions until now have been mild: the temperature is -1, wind force 4-5 from the south, but now the team is slowly entering the large plains of the icecap, they can feel the temperature going down.

Thursday was a hard day: after leaving camp 2 they entered difficult terrain with large icebumps (see picture) . It took a lot of effort to get the sledges through there! Finally they found a way through, and via a 50 m high ice wall they managed to get on top of the ice sheet. After that, the terrain became much more flat. The spirits are still high and they are having fun together!