2007 TransGreenland - Newsletter Part 04
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15th day on the icecap
The meteorological conditions remain icy(-30 to -40°C) but Olivier and Guillaume are now hardened to the polar cold. Their progress has become more regular. On average, they have traveled 15 km a day over last week.
By departing the coast, they leave a ground covered with a film of snow and snowdrifts formed by the wind which had slowed down their headway.
They have now entered the desert of ice. The harder ground and the absence of haste facilitate their headway. The Pulkas slide better but they are always heavy, about 90 kg each.
The weight is difficult to distribute fairly. They take turns, every two days, to drag the heaviest, which they baptized "affectionately" the Fat Bertha. The one who drags along the lightest Pulka paves the way and imposes a steady pace. The 2nd “galley slave” tries to keep up with the pace. With the depletion of their food and oil supplies reducing the weight of their pulka and hence allowing them to move faster everyday, they have set higher progress objectives.
Their only misfortune this week had to do with their stove which stopped working. A real drama because without a stove, Olivier and Guillaume could not process ice into drinking water or eat a meal. They managed to fix it after working on it nervously for two nights.
The atmosphere and the health are thus high and good. Olivier and Guillaume are getting closer to Isortok….. but still about 450 km away.
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