Violent storms along the way
Published on 02.06.2008 - Notice Expedition
The three Dutchmen have been unluckier than the other expeditions, with a succession of violent storms holding up their progress.
Nevertheless, the men have managed to survive these terrible storms and, according to their website, it was a huge relief! As they had not made any progress for two days, they were anxious to be back on their way again. This is why, on 30th May, they set the alarm for three o'clock in the morning. They stayed in their sleeping bags for the first twenty minutes but, when they finally woke up and looked outside, there was a total whiteout. So they went back to bed for a while.
On the morning of 30th May, they had a rather difficult time getting their tent and sledges out of the snow which had accumulated around them. It was already after 10.30 am when they finally left their camp. The fact that they reached the DYE base soon after helped boost their morale. This was the number one goal that the three men had set before starting out. They reached it in 22 days, which, actually, is not so bad. Now they need to cover an average of 60 km a day if they are to reach Quanaaq in time.