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Last night Bruce got a call from the Borek Air saying the Russian Base at Barneo was being evacuated because the ice was breaking up [...] However, when I called Barneo this morning on my satellite phone, I was told it simply wasnt so." Image of Barneo Arctic ice base courtesy of Thomas Ulrich's website (click to enlarge).
As the wind had turned, blowing from the north at 50km/h, Alain and Dixie were pushed back by 12km during the night on Sunday, the team reported. On Monday, the wind shifted back to south/southwest, and they made up for their nightly drift with a good 18km in nine hours. Image of Alain and Dixie's camp courtesy of Arctic Arc expedition (click to enlarge).
"The cargo has arrived in Greenland, however the pulkas and the skis are missing, Dutch Notice Greenland team reported yesterday. Image of team members courtesy of the expedition's website (click to enlarge).
Malaysian female Sharifah Mazlina Syed Abd Kadir completed the last degree trip she had started on April 9. She reached the North Pole yesterday. Image courtesy of Sharifah's website (click to enlarge).

Arctic wrap-up: Barneo airstrip destroyed in a storm

Posted: Apr 18, 2007 03:10 pm EDT

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(ThePoles.com) A violent storm last week destroyed the runway on the Arctic ice base Barneo. Base crew is currently trying to build a new airstrip, while a number of partial NP teams are stranded on the base or on land in Svalbard, waiting for the flights to be resumed. Base manager Victor Boyarski has nevertheless stated that the base may remain open for an extra week, in order to permit the teams to make their trips despite delays. Meanwhile, Icewarrior skiers in Spitsbergen and racers towards the Magnetic North Pole are...

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