No words…

mei 19th, 2008

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THEY MADE IT!!!!

mei 17th, 2008

32 days walking. 570 km. The team has completed their journey!

 After a hard day yesterday, lots of snow, hidden crevasses, and difficulties, today was a bright day with blue skies. One long downhill to Isortoq, and at the moment they are staying in a hut full of Inuit kids, giving away their remaining food.

Because of the weather, we don’t know yet if they can fly monday. The camera team is stranded in Tasiliq and unfortunately they couldn’t film the arrival.

 But what they surely can do monday,  is broadcasting from Greenland! You can see them answering questions from schoolkids on http://www.projectinlandice.com/streaming.php on 13.00 our time.

 Furthermore het jeugdjournaal (dutch youth news) will also pay attention to the subject by filming on one of the schools that participates in the livechat, so you should also watch NL3 at 18.45 for the news item.

 Congratulations guys and girl!

The final is never easy

mei 15th, 2008

And therefore, the team has had almost a meter of fresh snow in a few days, which delayed them heavily. Saturday I announced proudly that they had only 120 more km to go, today they still have 65 km to do. The good thing is that the snow is finally a bit more compact, and yesterday they had a 20-km day again. They are still doing fine, but tired and focused on one single point: Isortoq!

 They still aim on arriving the 18th, so that they can catch the first helikopter possibility from Isortoq to Kulusuk. Should they miss this heli, their next chance is thursday the 22nd. For the flights from Kulusuk to Reykjavik, and from Reykjavik to AmsterdamI’m investigating if we can make a reservation to have them back home earlier than saturday the 31st…

camera team on the move again

mei 13th, 2008

With a little delay, a message about the teams whereabouts. They phoned me saturday, but the weather was far too good to switch on my computer this weekend. There was not much special to tell: they’re still going fast, the weather is still very mild, and they’re almost in Isortoq!

You can find their last known position on the front page, and they should by now have another 60-80 km to do, counting on a 20-km-a-day schedule. The camera team, Kevin&Milan leaves today from Schiphol, and they plan to arrive the 15th in Isortoq. That’s a tight fit with the teams estimated arrival date, the 16th, so hopefully they don’t miss the arrival… 

As soon as we know when they will return home, it will be announced here. If anyone of the welcome-home-delegation would like to do something special, please let me know, so that i can coordinate things!

Iridium phone post by the expedition team

mei 13th, 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/2008/05/pbpost2.mp3]

Iridium phone post by the expedition team

mei 9th, 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/2008/05/pbpost1.mp3]

A little quiz-question!

mei 8th, 2008

Who is hiding behind this self-fabricated mask of Duct tape and ice pinnacles?

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Questions & Answers!

mei 7th, 2008

In cooperation with the team, the Marnix Academie has been working on a project for elementary school kids. 8 students have subscribed for a project where they will focus on the polar region, Greenland, climate change and more. See the project weblog for more info: http://www.dos-hsmarnix.nl/kennisomgeving_publicatie?groep_id=681&pub_id=5745

In the past few weeks, the children in their groups have asked questions and the team has answered them all. You can find all questions and answers online (in Dutch), sorted per school: http://www.projectinlandice.com/vragen.php

Have fun reading!

Iridium phone post by the expedition team

mei 7th, 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/2008/05/pbpost.mp3]

T-shirts, sun cream and sunbathing

mei 6th, 2008

It’s almost summer on the icecap… The team just called me, and they are all doing very well. Except, it’s so warm today (only -5 and no wind) that they are sweating like crazy. They are walking around in T-shirts right now!

There is a small technical problem: one of their solar panels (a 50 W panel) broke down, and now they only have the 12 W panel left. This means that they have to be very careful with battery energy and thus they try not to use their toughbook too often. So, no picture uploads, voicemails or emails from the team as long as the battery situation is critical. However, they still have enough power packed in the 12W solar panel to load the satellite phone, so they are not completely forsaken, and you can still send them text messages!

Tomorrow will be a rest day to give themselves the opportunitie to relax for a while. Possibly they can just sit outside the tent and sunbathe when the weather stays like this. Perhaps even cocktails with crushed ice, mmm… 

Now that I have the opportunity: for our daily weather updates  we work together with the great people at Kangerlussuaqs Sondre Stromfjord -weatherstation. The station over there is a local office of DMI (www.dmi.dk) the Danish equivalent of our KNMI. Each time I receive a new position from the team, I send them the coordinates, and they give us a weather prediction as accurate as possible for that position. I would like to thank them for their help!