Ordinary Men Doing Extraordinary Things - North Pole Expedition 2012
RSS Follow Become a Fan

Delivered by FeedBurner

Recent Posts

We're on Top of The World
Wednesday, 11th April, 2012 - 5.25am
We're on the move again
Our Route
Boys are receiving your messages
powered by

My Blog

On the Ice - Days 1 and 2

Landed at Camp Barneo
We boarded the Russian plane for Barneo – the most bizarre flight of our lives.  Think the plane was built in the 1960’s.  Aircraft smelt of petrol and unwashed Russians.  The landing at Barneo was hair-raising – the shortest runway in the world – all made of ice.  Straight into the warm tent at Barneo where the Russians gave the guides the brief on current weather conditions, drifts of the ice and leads  (Leads are the breaks in the ice).
Next we board a Russian helicopter to be air lifted to our start point.  No heat on board and currently -36 – and that’s inside the helicopter!  No seats on the helicopter – we sat on our ski’s and sledges.  Helicopter landed in a desert of ice – and we get everything off the chopper – basically we were shoved out the door.  We were instructed to lay across our sledges as the chopper took off  due to the downdraft – otherwise, we’d lose the sledges. The chopper blades started to spin – quite scary – nothing like we have every experienced before in our lives. The chopper left – we are alone.  This is the strangest feeling we have ever felt – totally on our own now – in the middle of the Arctic Ocean.
First day, we walked 7 miles.  A tough day, coming across many leads and rough ice.  Bedding down for the first night was a challenge – this is the first time that we have ever set up the tents, cooked and made the throne.  We cook in one tent due to the cold.  As soon as the cooker is turned off, the condensation it causes freezes everything.  All our kit is frozen – including our sleeping bags.  Oh well, we’ll just have to cuddle up!
Day two – very rough going today.  Just did 5 miles – this is so tough.  Walked for 8 hours – only managed 5 miles.  Pulling sledges through massive ice blocks.  Shovelling along on ski’s, hit ice and the sledge hits you in the back of the neck.  Had to take the skis off and man handled the sledges through 10ft blocks of ice.  A lead opened up as we were crossing so we really had to get a shift on when crossing.  Good God, we can move fast when we need to!
We’ve just had dinner and are bedding down for the night now.  Team are tired - but all in good spirits.  Love to all – speak to you soon.

26 Comments to On the Ice - Days 1 and 2:

Comments RSS
simon Beale on 07 April 2012 21:39
Keep the spirits up !!
Reply to comment

Alison Parker on 07 April 2012 21:41
Fantastic achievement so... Keep going through all the tough times and you'll get there! So proud of you! Everyone sends their best wishes... Sleep well xxx
Reply to comment

keithandval on 07 April 2012 21:54
No one person is perfect ,BUT A TEAM CAN BE!! stick together and conquer you shall.....best wishes kvlro xxxxx
Reply to comment

Jules on 08 April 2012 00:15
Wishing you all the Very best. Sounds like hard work today keep your spirits up. Belfry gym members xxx Paul keep your chin up
Reply to comment

Michael and Paula Shipley on 08 April 2012 06:48
Sounds super tough out there. Think positive, stick together. You will get through it. Piece of cake!! Love and best wishes Michael Paula and girls. Xx
Reply to comment

Mark G on 08 April 2012 07:36
6 men undertaking a very extraordinary challenge!!!!Remember, keep the team together, believe in each other and you will achieve your goal!Good luck.
Reply to comment

Ian & Sharon Smith on 08 April 2012 09:11
Really look forward to the daily blog, good to hear your all doing well, it's a great team you have out there. Just be positive and start writing your memoirs for Gravity Fm interviews. X Ian & Sharon
Reply to comment

colin & kerrie-lee on 08 April 2012 09:21
Well done so far, you are still the bravest (and stupidest!)people we know. Keep your spirits up and know that you have all our thoughts and love. c&KL;
Reply to comment

Rodney (nice and warm) Munns on 08 April 2012 09:27
Well lads should we have pulled the sledges over the sand dunes at Burnham and over the frozen boxes in the cold store. Well Andrew i got to Mansfield before you lot got started. P.S. is Alex helping with the contents of the blog......... is it really that cold and tough Brian ?
Reply to comment

Catherine Carr on 08 April 2012 12:27
Well done Paul and all the team for your achievements so far. Keep your spirits up, take care. Love from us all xx
Reply to comment

Jeremy and Rachel Mcgrail on 08 April 2012 13:35
Sounds really bleak,your braver guys than me ,I'm happy cycling round the countryside for charity ,Good to hear your spirits are up, keep the blog going. Love the mcgrails.x
Reply to comment

Taroni on 08 April 2012 14:23
Happy Easter Daddy! Your doing great!!
Reply to comment

Paul & Yaz on 08 April 2012 15:47
Hi Paul and all the team, Sounds really really tough out there guys, just battling against all the unforeseen things must be a nightmare, but as others have mentioned keep believing in each other, remember team work will pull you through. We will continue to follow your progress, Its fantastic what you are all doing, best wishes Paul & Yaz xx
Reply to comment

Matthew & Luke on 08 April 2012 16:22
Happy Easter Uncle Nigel!! Lots of love Matthew and Luke xx
Reply to comment

Jeremy mcgrail on 08 April 2012 16:36
Hey Paul, lent is over! LOL
Reply to comment

www.lifefitstore.com on 24 November 2012 06:13
Access to health care varies across countries, groups and individuals, largely influenced by social and economic conditions as well as the health policies in place. Countries and jurisdictions have different policies and plans in relation to the personal and population-based health care goals within their societies.
Reply to comment

Weight Loss Punch on 02 January 2013 09:56
A plastic surgeon, on the other hand, understands the procedure well and can decide the best course of action to get rid of any particular set of wrinkles. Thanks.
Reply to comment

cheaphighheels on 06 March 2013 02:30
Liked your site I will often come to see.
Reply to comment

pharmaceutical making machine on 28 August 2013 18:01
The author makes no comment, however, on any plans Goodyear may have for implementing it into production, or the price tag bio-tires could carry.
Reply to comment

psychoterapia warszawa on 29 June 2014 12:40
apartment and / or bedroom may be worth paying attention to the ones stores is some fabric in back ground, which inturn transpired after for real life
Reply to comment

strona www on 03 August 2014 06:40
It is normally for this reason essential of the fact that room or space was first therefore produced which will delivered it has the purpose while well Therefore, ceiling fan oil radiators are very to suit places wherein heating is essential for many years.
Reply to comment

adres on 15 August 2014 22:18
Above most of, when it definitely once start off the door has to be aware of how to develop a kennel area plus mainly precisely how effective the idea is
Reply to comment

Roman Smith on 01 September 2014 09:48
Very nice blog on this website! It is really difficult to find such a fantastic content with some useful information. I am relieved I came upon this site. Finally I found something useful for me.
Reply to comment

LRC on 10 January 2016 14:30
All Sandals & Beaches Negril offer the cabana rentals so if you cant splurge on butler service then concierge with a cabana rental for a day or 2 is a good alternative.
Reply to comment

Ski Lover on 10 January 2016 15:04
a good blog about a life event. read the whole blog. I wish I can go with you. thanks for sharing.
Reply to comment

fake rolex on 26 January 2016 08:19
The landing at Barneo was hair-raising.
Reply to comment

Add a Comment

Your Name:
Email Address: (Required)
Make your text bigger, bold, italic and more with HTML tags. We'll show you how.
Post Comment