BELARE 2006/2007 - The Ivan Papanin is now closer

The Ivan Papanin is now closer to the coast. The distance across the ice is only 100m. Finally, it looks like the unloading can begin, and the Coast party, 34km away, will be collected by Alain.

 

The slope up to the land ice is very steep but practicable. The unloading site is 193km from Utsteinen in a direct line. However, the plane cannot land there as the terrain is only blue ice. There are a few crevasse zones that Alain has to survey.

The Basler is to collect the Coast party at the drop off zone on the 15th and we are all keeping our fingers crossed that the unloading can be completed before then.