Despite the storm, the work goes on

Published on 31.03.2010 - Catlin Arctic Survey - 2

The weather over Resolute Bay is bad these days, and also over the pack ice area where the Catlin Arctic Survey trio is progressing. But the work goes on and the explorers are making headway.

It's almost resupply time. But in view of the blizzard conditions that prevail in Resolute Bay, no plane can take to the air. Neither the Twin that has to go to resupply Ann Daniels and her two companions, nor the DC3 that has to go to the base camp where the researchers engaged by Pen Hadow are working so that it can replace a part of the staff.

The best news of these last few days however is that the trio that is progressing on the pack ice seems definitively to have got rid of the negative drift that was driving them backwards each night. With the result that on 30 and 31 March, for example, Daniels and her two companions have been able to progress by 11 kilometres each day, so 22 kilometres in all... Walking, advancing, skiing, while all the time being able, along their entire route, to take their scientific readings as required. Pen Hadow has said that in view of the terrible conditions that prevail over the area where the trio is at the moment, their ability to accomplish those scientific tasks is something of a feat. "I'm really aware of it," he added, "because I did this work myself last year when the weather was much better..."

Their position on 31 March: 86° 02' 33" N / 82° 05 24" W.

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