Whilst I've been away all winter playing with huskies in the arctic, Ramon, Manuel and Eusebio has been working hard in Madrid to get the sledge ready in the work shop, getting communication and power systems up running, testing new developed kites, logistics for evac. plans and getting the sledge up on the ice, admin. for permits along with a million other things required for such an expedition. During this time the realization of the expedition has of various reasons shifted back and forth, from not possible to maybe happening several times, and to everyone's relief eventually to a -good to go!.
|Ramon testing one of the kites|
As we are sailing on the katabatic winds, a vital factor for the success of the journey, is to avoid getting stuck in local wind systems with 'wrong' or no winds. Traveling with a 1000+ kg sledge means we are not able to just manhaule our way out of an area. Local wind systems may develop around large domes or depressions in the icecap. The detailed wind and icecap surface data, will therefore be a corner stone when setting waypoints as we travel, giving us a pointer of areas to stay clear of.
|Pretty awesome island don't you think ?|