1 minute silence on the summit of the icecap

mei 5th, 2008

Yesterday evening the team called with another milestone: on sunday 4 mai, they went over the highest point of the icecap (somewhere around 2500 m altitude) . From there on it’s all the way down to Isortoq!

The days before were quite calm but cold, with temperatures on Friday reaching -15, and on Saturday -14. Saturday also brought cold wind from the East, so they used their protecting facemasks for the first time. Saturday evening they reached their point of no return: 290 km back to Kangerlussuaq or 290 km to Isortoq. Needless to say they choose the last option?

Sunday afternoon at 1600, they held a 1 minute break (2 minutes might have been to cold to stand still) to remember the war victims. It must have been a strange feeling to be in one of those seldom places on earth where no fight has ever been held…

We received the sad news that another expedition, circle66 unfortunately had to abandon their trip. The participants in that expedition are all breastcancer survivors, and they were planning to go from Isortoq to kangerlussuaq, exactly the opposite direction as our team. Only a few days out on the ice, they had pitoraqs with 150 km/h winds and 1,5 m fresh snow. They were all evacuated, and their adventure is over for this year… you can see their storys on www.circle66.org

The team is still doing well, although we mentioned before that they are getting tired now. They can still use your cheer-ups and support! Since they have been going quite fast since the start of their journey, they might arrive earlier in Isortoq than expected. Keep looking on this site regularly, where also their return date in Holland will be published!

Halfway!

mei 2nd, 2008

The expedition team just called me. They didn’t leave any message earlier since they had several days of white-out conditions with poor visibility (ranging from 2-10 meters maximum). Therefore, they were unable to use the sun pannels to recharge their batteries. It wasn’t cold though, during the day around 0 to -5 degrees Celcius. Today, the weather cleared up and the sun is shining for the first time in days.

They are currently metling snow and will leave camp 16 in about an hour. They expect to arrive the halfway point – point-of-no-return – today. In about 3 days they expect to reach the highest point of the icecap. They told me they still have enough food and fuel left to keep going. They are getting tired though after walking so many kilometers already. They still have to go another 280 km, and expect that the next 100 km will be the toughest of the expedition (so keep wishing them good luck!).  

They are all doing fine. Some minor problems are: Raimo still has some problems with his heel, Henk-Jan’s blisters are still healing but ok, and Edwer has a fungal infection on his feet, but they have ointments with them to treat it. They are still enjoying their trip a lot!

Iridium phone post by the expedition team

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

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 !

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

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

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

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

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

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]