The lighter the loads that the Ice Team will be carrying, the faster and further they can travel, meaning the more data they can gather along their route.

We are using re-supplies to ensure the Ice Team remain as agile as possible. Due to the large amounts of scientific equipment, sledge weights will still exceed 100kg.

On each of the re-supplies, the intention is that a Kenn Borek Air Twin Otter plane will set off from Resolute Bay, land at one of the two Ice Bases and re-fuel, before flying the remaining distance to the Ice Team position. If ice and weather conditions are good the plane will land, hand over food and other supplies to the Ice Team, and collect back-up scientific and image data (stored on compact flash cards). They will then fly back to Ice Base 1 to re-fuel before heading back to the Forward Operating Base at Resolute. If the Twin Otter can’t land at the Ice Team position then supplies will be dropped by air.

Route blog posts
Training for the Catlin Arctic Survey
Posted by Jon Stratford
As personal trainer to the ice team what was my main focus? Their physical preparation? Partly, and I’m sure that at times over recent weeks that they would rather be on their knees (literally!)...more
Thursday, 09th April 2009
Spring in our step
Posted by Pen Hadow
It’s hard to believe I’m feeling so much better because temperatures here have risen to -24 degrees C! By any standard that’s not exactly warm, but it feels like a new world compared to the -40!...more
Tuesday, 24th March 2009
No Go
Posted by Ian Wesley
Up at the crack of an Arctic dawn today. Today is the day that I'm going to see the ice team – or so I thought....more
Monday, 16th March 2009
Utterly bombproof
Posted by Pen Hadow
I once described Martin during a press conference as “utterly bombproof in a polar environment”, a remark that I stand by to this day. Not only does he capture the very essence of the moment in his images, be it action, emotion or event, he does so in the most inhospitable of conditions. Where others fade and head to warmer climates, Martin comes to the fore, delivering awe-inspiring images despite the bitter cold and cutting winds....more
Saturday, 14th March 2009
Posted by Simon Harris-Ward
At around 2200 local time, as Pen, Ann and Martin lay in their tent, they felt the ice vibrating dramatically underneath them and heard the all too familiar screeching sound of grating ice floes......more
Tuesday, 03rd March 2009

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