“A catalogue of mishaps and disasters…”
Published on 02.06.2009 - Emirates NBD Greenland Quest
Day 12 of their expedition and the three men of the Emirates NBD Greenland Quest have already covered 207 km, despite the little setbacks and minor disasters that have happened along the way.
Perhaps we should start by reiterating for our visitors that they can follow the party's progress on a map that we have produced especially for this expedition.
Now for the next instalment: things are gradually falling into place, although a question was raised on 29th May, after two days of enforced rest, with Hayes wondering whether in view of the rather gloomy statistics from the first few days of the trek (134 km in 10 days), they would be able to cover the full 3 500 kilometres in 65 days. But we are familiar with the Dubai resident's determination and there is no doubt that the trio will do everything they can to make it.
Of course, there are still the minor everyday problems. Adrian's boots are making his feet extremely sore and he also has a few snags with his harness. On 31st May, a big gust of wind blew his sledge upside down, which wasn't a great experience for Adrian either. In another incident, they lost a litre of fuel and had to retrace their steps for 15 kilometres because something important had fallen off Devon McDiarmid's sledge.
By 31st May, they had 207 km on the clock in... 12 days. (see our map)