Second abandon : Ogita gives up and Indian Army postpones
Published on 22.03.2012 - General Info
After having practiced for more than a week in Resolute Bay, the Indian Army has decided to postpone its adventure. Ogita explains why he came back.
Anand Swaroop, the leader of the Indian Army team, told the press a week ago that due to bad ice and worst conditions due to weather for the next few days, and especially when the expedition should leave Resolute, the trek for the North Pole is postponed until next year. He added that the late arrival of the sledges have also played an important role in that decision.
Two days ago the Norwegian adventurers Mads Agerup and Rune Midtgaard arrived in Resolute. They want to beat a speed record and reach North Pole in approximately 30 days. By chance they could fly with Ken Borek's Twin Otter to the starting point Ward Hunt. But before the start they still did not know what location they would choose for their start -a series of wild storms having recently dislocated the ice. Ward hunt is a bit more North while Cape Discovery, a bit to the West.
In the meantime, Yasunaga Ogita (who has been picked up by the Twin that flew the Norwegians in) explained why he had decided to abandon : heavy storms have dislocated the ice, leads were by far too numerous, ice was too thin, and ridges too enormous. All these factors made of course his progress too slow -as Barneo station who had to take car of his evacuation, is closing on 22 April this year.