Location: Mavericks, Ulvetanna Base Camp, S 71 49.146′, E 008 21.867′
Temperature: -5 C, clear, sunny, beautiful, 0 knots.
Date: – 1/1/13
New Years on Ice – Leo
It seems in this strange new world the weather gods have welcomed us, at least for now. The cyclone we were braced for stalled before reaching us.
Novo just 100 miles away was pounded for 4 days by winds up to 86 knots (well over 100mph) and blizzard conditions. Such a storm would’ve devastated even our well secured camp.
Here though we have been concerned by the ominous Russian forecasts the weather has been unprecedented. As I sit in the comms tent right now on New Years Day in this great white wilderness the sun is burning around the sky, it is -5C and there is not a breath of wind.
After running two final loads up the epic approach to ABC (advanced base camp) and nailing a Hollywood jib shot in the process, we celebrated NYE in Base Camp with steak and Champagne that froze in the glass whilst we drank.
The sun appeared to rise shortly before midnight as the shadow cast by Ulvetanna passed and we saw in 2013 basking in polar sunlight.
After much toil, everything we need for our next camp is in position and we are ready to move up to our stunning ABC, complete with en suite snow cave and out of this world view.
Today we make the committing but exciting move of leaving the comfort and security of Base Camp to begin the upwards assault. Everything and everyone is working superbly.
Spirits are high but energy is a little low, we have been working hard yet have barely begun. The task we have set for ourselves is huge. Our objective’s character ranges from inspiring friend to terrifying enemy depending on sun, snow and wind conditions.
The forecast for the next few days is good. We should start climbing tomorrow, in these conditions we will be using free boots and chalk!
Let’s hope that the weather gods extend their welcome a while longer!
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Happy New Year Everybody!