A week’s preparation at Resolute Bay

Published on 18.03.2010 - Catlin Arctic Survey - 2

The two teams from the Catlin Arctic Survey expedition put together by Pen Hadow have finally arrived at Resolute Bay after a number of days of disrupted air connections.

Supervised by the Norwegian guide, Harald Kippenes, the two teams are currently learning the A to Z of survival in the Arctic. This particular adventure is divided into two groups: one group of scientists, who will work for a number of weeks at a research base created from scratch outside Resolute, located at around 85°N / 77°W. The other team, a trio consisting of Ann Daniels, Martin Hartley (photographer) and Charlie Paton, will be dropped off on the pack-ice. Their job will be to travel 500 km northwards on foot and take scientific readings as they go.

While waiting for the weather to allow the two teams to be flown in by Twin Otter or DC3, Pen Hadow is keeping a close eye on every aspect of his teams' preparations. He wants to do everything he can to avoid the setback he suffered last year when he and his two companions had to abandon their trek 490 kilometres from the North Pole.

This time around, though, there is no race for the Pole, no feats of endurance. Their aim instead is purely scientific, with a host of observations to make throughout the route at specific geographic locations to measure the effects of carbon dioxide on the acidity levels in the Arctic Ocean.

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