Monday, March 1, 2010

Resolute Bay

Resolute Bay is a small Inuit hamlet on Cornwallis Island in Nunavut, Canada. It is also one of the coldest inhabited places in the world, with an average yearly temperature of −16.4 °C (2.5 °F).

Resolute Bay has a population of over 250 people. On its Barrow Strait they only get supplies once a year when the sea opens up for ships and the rest is by air. We are now 5 hours behind time at home, compared to 7hrs in Yellowknife. The nearer we get to the Pole the closer we get to central London time.

To date there are only 3 teams in the ice, we had hoped to fly today however the flight was cancelled due to bad fog and weather conditions.

So we now hope that we will leave Cornwallis Island tomorrow the 2nd March on our final flight on a twin otter air craft for a 5hr flight to Ward Hunt. We will be sharing this flight with an Italian soloist Micheal Pontrandalfo; we will be the forth team to get away.

The conditions at Ward Hunt are not ideal this year but we hope that this will change and improve.

Ward Hunt Island is a small, uninhabited island in the Arctic Ocean, off the north coast of Ellesmere Island. Its northern cape is one of the northernmost elements of land in Canada. It is located 450 miles from the Pole.The island is 6.5 km (4.0 mi) long, east to west, and 3 km (1.9 mi) wide.

We have made the decision on the tent we are going to use, the Hillbourg tent which is very easy to construct.

So all our gear is on the plane tonight, so fingers crossed that in the morning, we’ll soar closer to the Pole and start the expedition.

Playing with the moon in Resolute Bay

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