(Newsdesk) German Georg Sichelschmidt sent over news about his new expedition, this time a dogsled trip on Svalbard, to Nordaustlandet (Northeast Land) in search for clues of a fatal German expedition 100 years ago. The 2013 expedition will be completed in three stages with 37 dogs.
"The goal of the expedition is to find something from the missing 1913 German Arctic Expedition," says Georg.
100 years ago Herbert Schröder-Stranz undertook a scientific expedition to the Arctic to find out whether the Northwest Passage could be used for shipping traffic. Schröder-Stranz and his crew had little experience of the conditions. They left from Tromsoe with the ship, Duke Ernst and aimed to explore the northeast part of Svalbard with dogsleds. The leader and seven of his team members perished. Read more on the 2013 website."
2013 Three stages
Georg explained further about their expedition, "My friend and the leader of the expedition, Bjørn Klauer, will start the expedition with our Sponsors on a 10-day trip this week (I will help them at the start). After this, the real trip starts from Longyearbyen to the second biggest island from Svalbard, Nordaustland, where we will arrive after 2 weeks."
"There Bjørn Klauer and his wife Regina will stay with 5 dogs until August. My job is then to bring the others safe back to Longyearbyen. There I will arrive May 14th."
According to the website, the Stage 1 team will head off from Longyearbyen, first to search for a route on the glacier west of Hinlopenstretet, and then to explore Hinlopenstretet, the waterway separating the mainland from Nordaustlandet.
The second group will start in the second half of April in Longyearbyen with four sledges and 35 dogs in the footsteps of the first group. They will cross the sea ice to Nordaustlandet and place a depot near the search area. This is a 700 km stretch.
During Stage 3 the couple, Björn Klauer and Regina Elpers, will look for traces of the lost expedition in a snow-free area of about 250 km2. They will be picked up by a ship. Polar bear will always be a danger.
Read more about the three stages here.
The team members are from Germany, Norway, England and Switzerland and all of them speak German, have experience with huskies, and have done expeditions on Spitsbergen, Greenland and Patagonia.
See the team here.
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