Pair waiting for the Twin

Published on 16.06.2007 - The Arctic Arc

Waiting to be picked up

Waiting to be picked up

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Since Thursday midday, both men are waiting besides the moutains. The support team and the film crew are in Resolute Bay, waiting for a good weather forecast.

Organising a pick-up operation is never easy, especially in a sector not very well known by any pilot. When good weather is forecasted both for the take off zone and for the meeting point, the people from Ken Borek, the logistic company in Resolute Bay, are still afraid of a rapid change in meteorological conditions occurring on either side.

Nevertheless, both the support team in Resolute Bay and our explorers in their tent are ready to go.

Since they only have two days of food left, Alain and Dixie were happy to have found ptarmigan eggs nearby their camp. Today's lunch menu: "sunny-side up ptarmigan eggs, with a sesame oil puree aftertaste". "Delicious", said Alain.

After having taken some well deserved rest, Alain and Dixie displaced their camp westwards, because of a small river that appeared under their tent last night. Then, they marked out the landing site for the Twin Otter (which needs some 300m to land in good conditions).

When we last had news from Resolute Bay, the pilots were preparing the plane. Since good weather has been announced both for the take off and pick up zones, the support team will leave Resolute Bay at around 8pm, for a 7-hour flight to the Arctic Arc camp. During the return flight, they will have to stop in Thule for some administrative duties. They should all be back in Resolute Bay this Sunday, between 10 and 11 in the morning.

The return trip to Belgium is not yet programmed. The team wants to take a few hours to rest before setting of on their journey to Brussels.. Stay tuned.

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