Better days.

Published on 19.04.2010 - Catlin Arctic Survey - 2

While it was waiting for a new team of researchers to arrive (the third in fact), the permanent base camp of the Catlin Arctic Survey received a visit from a Japanese adventurer training for a solo trek to the North Pole next year.

575 kilometres separate Resolute Bay and the Catlin Arctic Survey camp. That's the distance the Japanese Yasunaga Ogita has covered, alone and on foot, as part of his training for his solo attempt to reach the North Pole next year. It has taken him 37 days to make the trip, hauling a sledge weighing 115 kilos.

Of course, he won't be staying very long at the base, because he now aims to make the trek back to Resolute Bay, still in training mode, to cover the same distance again, using the same methods.

Meanwhile, as everything is running smoothly at the Catlin Arctic Survey base and the scientific work is going ahead as planned, the trio led by Ann Daniels is experiencing better days:  the ice is older (which also means it is generally flatter and less battered), there are fewer leads, the negative drift is less noticeable and the weather is also better – although there are still hours of whiteout conditions to endure in the morning during the first few hours they are on the move.

Their position on 18th April at 1 pm UT:  87°.30.55.3 N / 76°.01.17.6 W.

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