‘A Race against Time…’
Part 2- Plan C – Ready to Go?
‘"After 3 years in the making with setbacks, obstacles in our way, it looks like a goer. This is 5 years from since I last set off down South in what would be one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life - and now I set off again, to what I believe will be harder-Why? Good question".
Extract from Vic’s book & dairy, Plan D
So we landed in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen Archipelago, Norway, in what would be our base and final stop before landing on the Arctic Ocean. We were here to conduct our final preparations, meet up with our Russian logistics company and get on with our mission. This was Plan C, going from the Geographic North pole to the Canadian coastline; to document what we saw on ice.
Thankfully the cabins made day ski trips possible, literally from our doorstep out into the wilderness. We still had to be armed, and everyone leaving on skis had to carry a rifle in case of a polar bear encounter. It was quite bizarre to see everyone walking round carrying rifles!
04/05/06 April 2016- Extract from Vic’s diary
I write this sat in our tent – no, not at the North Pole unfortunately – still in Svalbald!! We have just got our pulks back from those damn Ruskies and we have decided to go and do some training locally from the airport.
It really is bad news and a huge delay due to there being a crack in the ice at the runway in Barneo – they initially thought they could fix it, but after 24hrs of poor communication and bad news from the Ruskies they have got to find a new one!!
It could take 5-7 days!! This obviously is a game-changer for us, due to the time involved, and we sat down at the hotel to discuss our options – we were all adamant to continue as planned as the whole aim of the exped is to document climate change. We also had to move out of our rooms again, only to move back in again – that’s three room moves so far – it’s been a logistical nightmare and it’s not finished yet.