Posted on 18 03 2013
St Patrick’s Day Update for The Coldest Journey.
The Ice Team
The team is currently at the original Coastal Camp about 2km from Crown Bay. They made excellent progress returning to the coast after making the fuel drop, but have since been hampered by strong winds and whiteout conditions. Preparations for the start are nevertheless on-going: the remaining fuel has been pumped into the flubbers and the mechanics have been able to carry out some work on the CATs.The team has many other tasks to carry out before now and the start on Wednesday (March 20th), including a range of media duties which the Operations HQ have requested from them to maximise publicity in the run up to the launch
Weather permitting, the Ice Team will set off from Crown Bay at 1200 GMT on Wednesday (2pm their time). They will then travel by skidoo the two kilometres back to the Coastal Case, which will complete the day’s travel. It is only a short day, but bearing in mind that they are two hours ahead of us and that it takes around two hours to get the Ice Train moving and a further two hours to shut it up for the night, this is the sensible approach.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Sir Ranulph is recovering well from his frostbite back in the UK and is now dedicating his time to ensuring that the expedition succeeds in all of its aims.