No wind and rotten snow conditions

Published on 25.05.2008 - Notice Expedition

The start of their expedition has been rather difficult for the three Dutchmen. It's raining and they are still waiting for the wind to pick up...

After their unusual landing, the three men have had to endure somewhat difficult conditions with the snow.

Of course, because they set out from the coast, they first have to haul their sledges to the plateau before they actually start climbing. This is hard enough to do when the conditions are normal but even harder when 1) it's warm during the day, 2) it is raining all of the time, 3) there's no wind and 4) the soft, wet snow makes skiing a trial...

But the team has come up with an answer: they travel at night and rest during the day (it's colder at night and so the snow is a little easier to ski across). Even this is not as straightforward as it may sound, because the sun beats down on their tent and staying inside in the middle of day is more like being trapped inside an oven...

So, to sum up, our Dutch travellers are finding it tough and have only covered 48 km in eight days. Their morale is good, though, despite everything.

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