The Indian Army team and their guides during their training in Svalbard with Svante Strand and Helen Turton. courtesy Newland, SOURCE
Anand Swaroop cutting his birthday cake a few days ago in Resolute Bay. courtesy Yasunaga Ogita
"Although the teams should still be in the zone of lower winds, they should be aware of conditions immediately to their north in case the forecast changes slightly." Image by Canadian Ice Service courtesy Trudy Wohlleben
Arctic wrap-up: Anand Swaroop updates from Resolute Bay; and another blizzard warning
Posted: Mar 07, 2012 04:54 pm EST (Correne Coetzer) Anand Swaroop updated ExplorersWeb why they are still waiting in Resolute Bay. Canadian Ice Service sent over another blizzard warning to ExWeb; developing Thursday afternoon March 7 north of 84 degrees. On the trail to the pole, leads open and rough ice makes sled pulling tough for the front skiers.
Here goes Trudy Wohlleben’s heads up: Winds to the north of Ellesmere Island will strengthen Thursday afternoon to blizzard strength. While the near-shore area will be relatively unaffected, blizzard-force winds are expected to occur from ~84°N and polewards.
Although the teams should still be in the zone of lower winds, they should be aware of conditions immediately to their north in case the forecast changes slightly.
The strong northeast winds during the storm will act to push ice towards and along the coast, so no new large leads are expected to form. Some shearing of the mobile pack ice against the coastal fast ice zone may occur, however, enhancing some of the rubble ridges is this area.
Mike O’Shea and Clare O’Leary
In their latest report the Irish team said to their home team they had a tough day and skied 7.5 hours through very rough pack ice. They crossed four open leads and saw a “fabulous” sunrise and sunset with the days getting longer.
ExplorersWeb checked in with Col. Swaroop, leader of the Indian Army North Pole group. He said the team is still at Resolute Bay as their sledges have not arrived. “Seemingly stuck in customs. We are likely to get it tomorrow [March 7] and then we move at the first available weather window.”
They are done with all their packing and are going out for couple of hours every day to get use to cold etc. explained Anand. As said in an interview after he skied to the South Pole, they craved spicy Indian food and this time they did bring some Indian food, “only fast food kinds, otherwise it’s the same food as that in South Pole expedition.”
Anand confirmed that they are not fat, as they do not look fat on the photographs in Resolute, “but if we had to wait our here for long, we may [get fat].”
As for their general spirit the team is fine, he said, “but a bit anxious due to uncertainties of sledges not arriving here. Now that all the packing etc is done, we are just rechecking everything and just eating, going out for some time and sleeping.”
The Indian Army team will be guided by two Norwegians from Newland Expeditions. The team: Ivar Hoel (Newland guide), Bjorn Moa (Newland guide), Anand Swaroop (leader), Jit Kumar Limbu, Khilap Singh, Shaukat Ahmed Mir, Arjun Kumar Thapa, Sonam Thinlas, Yountan Takpa and Kamal Purja Pun.
In 2010-11 Swaroop, Mir, Thapa and Singh skied from Hercules Inlet to the South Pole as part of the Indian Army team with ANI guide Devon McDiarmid and Svante Strand.
Video below courtesy of Yasu Ogita - The Indian Army team packing and preparing in Resolute Bay: