A powerful current moves the ice and has an impact on the ice all around Barneo. April 6-7 map.
courtesy Barneo / Victor Serov, Irina Orlova Facebook, SOURCE
Victor Serov: "The forecast for tomorrow (second picture) is expected to accelerate drift, it actually turns into a whirlpool and thickens around the Pole.
courtesy Barneo / Victor Serov, Irina Orlova Facebook, SOURCE
Everything to calm down by April 10.
courtesy Barneo / Victor Serov, Irina Orlova Facebook, SOURCE
In Moscow, Barneo support staff is working hard to fly new supplies from Murmansk to the Ice Runway. (click to enlarge)
courtesy Barneo / Irina Orlova Facebook, SOURCE
The evidence that the ice is moving is clearly visible on the first abandoned Barneo runway. (click to expand)
courtesy Barneo / Irina Orlova Facebook, SOURCE
April 6: Chef Ivan Simonov assured the Barneo runway workers are all healthy and well nourished.
courtesy Barneo / Irina Orlova Facebook, SOURCE
Paul Vicary with the British Trio's sleds.
courtesy http://northpole16.com/, SOURCE
The New Barneo Runway Has Cracked

Posted: Apr 06, 2016 02:39 pm EDT

 

(Correne Coetzer, originally published on pythom.com) 

 

While the Russian staff at Barneo uses every minute to prepare a new runway, and the support staff at the warehouse in Moscow works as hard to get new equipment ready for an airdrop, the ice near the North Pole is alive and working against the humans. An anticyclone is in the area and powerful currents have a negative impact on the ice.

 

"Again not good news," reported Barneo today, "a 10 cm crack appeared on the new, not yet finished, runway (although 400 meters of it is ready, 400 meters of very thick solid snow and exacting work). There is no water coming out but… We probably need to change the very region of disposition. It is not clear yet if the crack is worth watering or not. Now our helicopter pilots take off again to search for another location." 

 

The staff at the warehouse in Moscow is working hard to get new equipment and most probably another tractor to Murmansk for an airdrop by the Ilyushin -76. This flight is now postponed. 

 

Campsite

 

Barneo reported that all the people in camp are in good health and they have enough food to carry on working. The second, now cracked, runway was close to the campsite and the camp would have stayed in place. But the possibility of a getting a suitable ice floe further away would mean that camp has to move. Barneo has 2 powerful MI-8 helicopters on site, but this would mean more work, other than constructing a runway.

 

Temperatures have gone down to minus 40 degrees. 

 

Powerful sea current

 

Polar veteran and one of Barneo’s organizers, Victor Serov, released information (via Irina Orlova) about the condition of the ice sheet and hydro-meteorological forecasts at Barneo’s location inside 89 degrees North. Have a look at the images on the left to go with Victor’s explanation.

 

A powerful current moves the ice and has an impact on the ice all around Barneo. First image: April 6 to 7. "The forecast for tomorrow (second picture) is expected to accelerate drift, it actually turns into a whirlpool and thickens around the Pole,” explaines Victor. The third image shows everything to calm down by April 10.

 

Skiers waiting in Longyearbyen

 

A large group of skiers is waiting on Svalbard, mostly Last Degree and Last Two Degree skiers.

 

The three Brits, who plan a reverse full route from the Pole to Canada, 775km, are worried about the time they are losing. Their cut off time for pick-up by Kenn Borek at the Canadian coast is May 5. [Editor's note: Kenn Borek has agreed to pick them up at the coast and also in case of emergency when they are out of range for the Russians, the team told Explorersweb. It is not known if they had to pay money upfront for in case they need an emergency pick-up; the requirement that Borek had before.]

 

Yesterday Mark Langridge told Explorersweb/Pythom they are collecting their sleds from the storage to go camping and sledge-hauling for a few days outside town. 

 

 

Weather Maps

 

Arctic Weather Map

 

http://earth.nullschool.net/

 

https://www.windyty.com/

 

http://www.adventureweather.com/

 

Canadian Ice Service

 

The Arctic Weather products link on the Canadian Ice Service IPY Legacy page

 

Polar View

 

Canada Weather Office satellite image

 

NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory

 

University of Illinois cryosphere images

 

Wayne Davidson’s Extremely High Horizon Refraction

 

Wayne Davidson’s EH2R blog

 

 

 

Previous/Related on Explorersweb/Pythom.com

 

Barneo runway damaged beyond repair

 

North Pole 2016: Ice runway cracked, skiers grounded

 

North Pole 2016: Barneo ice floe found - Updated

 

North Pole 2016 update: News from VICAAR

 

Heads up: Yasu Ogita’s 2016 Arctic expedition

 

Kenn Borek stops supporting North Pole expeditions (Nov. 2014)

 

 

Dixie Dansercoer investigates Arctic survival skills and gear: 

 

Arctic Ski Survival: Testing drysuits and skis (Part 1 of 3)

 

Arctic Ski Survival: Testing Flotation and Skis (Part 2 of 3)

 

Arctic Ski Survival: Protocol and Results (Part 3 of 3) 

 

 

Cars:

 

Russian Arctic Cars: Great North Route Expedition 2016

 

New-design Russian Amphibious Vehicles to attempt North Pole return drive (2016)

 

Modified Hybrid Hummers in the Arctic (2016)

 

Russian amphibious cars crossed the Arctic Ocean (2013)

 

 

Expedition pages:

 

Full Route (reverse) - Geographic North Pole to Canada (Ward Hunt Island) 775km: 

Mark Wood, Mark Langridge and Paul Vicary (all UK)

unassisted (no resupplies) 

unsupported (no kites, dogs, vehicles)

Website

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Barneo Ice Camp:

Website

http://rgocenter.ru/blog/ RGO = Russian Geographical Society

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Irina Orlova Facebook

 

 

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