Entries by nzaht

Inferno of snow

From Bengt: This was a cold and windy day. We only did 6 hours. We were all packed in, goggles, facemasks and extra layers. The scenery is magic, blue sky and sun straight above us, but an inferno of snow on the ground. We had a warm and nice lunch inside the tent halfway. Came […]

The daily routine

From Bengt: Sunny and nice weather, cold last night…In total we did 30km, very happy about that. As always we started the day with outmeal porridge. Børge’s secret recipe. 180grams that we mix with hot water. During the day we eat chocolate, nuts, cheese, freeze-dried fruit, chips, noodles, salami and biscuits. In the night we […]

Made it to Raven

From Bengt: A cold and windy morning, but sunshine! We woke up in the shadow of the dome after a cold night. Wind is still from the east – 8-10 m/s, temp in the 20’s. On our way we passed the runway and camp Raven which is about 3km from the station. In the summer […]

DYE 2

From Bengt: Nice day, with changing wind. We could see the DYE station when we started, some 20 kilometres away. We had a brief moment with weather coming over us, then it was gone. The station kept growing as we got further, but it seemed like we never got to it, and then finally we […]

Tent bound

From Nigel: Well the storm that was predicted arrived! It was a beauty too. Winds over 30 metres per second peaking with gusts over 38 m/s. The hard work we had put in digging down and building a wall paid dividends and we were well protected despite the elements. With only room for 2 tents […]

Unlucky 13?

From Bridget: Unlucky number 13… or lucky. A hurricane is on its way with winds blasting us with speeds of up to 120km/hr. A comforting thing to encounter in a wide open landscape with nothing to protect us. Yay another rest day bunking down for an extra few hours of peace and tranquility while the […]

Tea with lemon AND milk

How do you take your tea? Probably not with milk AND lemon juice! This rather peculiar combination may not have been one of Nansen’s best inventions. Nansen’s expedition team were only a week or so into the crossing but had already encountered hideous storm conditions, and were fighting unquenchable thirsts. With their drinking water limited, Nansen […]

Helicopters and Cold War bases

From Nigel: Probably the coldest day so far with a keen wind meaning most opted for goggles and big over-gloves at least for the morning. Skiing into the wind the view is unchanging – flat and white. We strained our eyes to see DYE 2, our next destination point without luck. It is a remnant of […]

Birthday Boy!

From Bengt: We started the day with a happy birthday song for Keith. Bridget made a fantastic birthday card that we all signed, which Keith got after the song. Keith is the one who is documenting this trip and therefore is the one who always have to walk the longest in a day. He needs […]

No dogs in sight

From Bengt: At 0630 the wind settled down, and we quickly understood that we could move. We used a long time to dig out the tents, but finally could start moving. In the second break, what we thought was a dog-team yesterday came skiing towards us. It was an English team of six, which is […]