Full steam ahead

Published on 29.03.2007 - The Arctic Arc

Paddling through a lead

Paddling through a lead

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After two days of bad weather, the Hubert-Dansercoer duo has resumed forward progress. Spirits are high.

The Russian route planners whom had forecasted these two days of stormy weather and of negative drift (wind coming in from the north) had thus been right. First of all, last Sunday, the two men were forced to stay under their tent. Then, as they set off on track again, they ended up staying at the same spot for two days (see our map). But, yesterday, weather conditions had gotten better and the two men made acknowledgeable progress towards the north. "Not even the leads could stand in our way", said Alain yesterday by phone, "We managed to cross them by leashing the two sledges together, so as to make a sort of catamaran. This does, of course, took some time, but we were once again particularly motivated."

As a result, they progressed a little over 13 km and, yesterday evening, they had practically caught up with these last few days' delay.

PS: These days, we have been publishing photographs that were taken in 2002 during the Compas Pole II crossing attempt, since the team is unable to send any pictures due to the battery problems they have been facing.

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