Difficult start for both Harald and Johan
Published on 24.04.2011 - Climate Neutral Pole 2 Pole
Adventurer Johan Ernst Nilson (JEN) seems to have a quite difficult start. He is complaining about frosbites, the weight of the sled, the cold winds and the presence of bad ice.
On 8 April -the day of his start-, Nilson sends this sms : "... After many hours out on the ice, we finally managed to get the tent up. Its very cold today and I some problems with old frostbites. Its heavy to drag 110 kilo sled over ice formations. Now I will try to get some sleep ..."
And two days later : "... Today was a beautiful but hard day, Im still fighting with my frostbites on all 10 fingers. Today we tried out the kites and its extremky hard to kite over icewalls in high speed. Now we are taking care of our fingers and feet. Tomorrow is a new day..."
Struggling in cold winds
On 11 April, Nilson breaks one of his skis and succeeds to fix it inside the tent. "... Ice, ice and more ice", JEN writes. "Will this ever end? Today we were struggling in cold winds over ice with 110 kilos sleds. What more can I say?"
Their position on 17 April : 88°35'33" N /
Few days later, the weather gets worst with a weak drift of the sea ice in the vicinity of the Pole2Pole team. Should be getting stronger over the next few days.
On 23 april, a frontal depression is approaching and is expected to come across the team soon. This will introduce white conditions, with higher winds, poor contrast, horizon and visibility.
Bad luck for the team.