It's not possible to imagine what this team has had to do to pulloff this extreme survey. Together they’re the face of modern exploration helping to advance the understanding of scientists and public alike about how the natural world works.And your humble correspondent congratulates them.
Catlin team likely to reach the North Pole
Originally posted on May 4th
The Catlin Arctic Survey ice team has reached 88°45' N today so they're roughly 140 km from the North Pole. Assuming that their recent impressive speed - usually exceeding 10 km/day - continues, they will reach the pole within two weeks.
I suppose that they won't be eager to give up a few miles from the magic spot.
Last year, the team had no chance to realize its little dreams. We may speculate about the reasons of the improvement. They may have learned something about the cruel cold climate over there. They may have become more humble. Well, there has also been a not so subtle change of the ice team. ;-)
In 2009, the team was composed of boss Pen Hadow, the spiritual AGW leader, Ann Daniels, and the photographer Martin Hartley. Who was the weakest link in this chain? Ann or Martin? :-) Well, in 2010, the team includes Martin Hartley, Ann Daniels, and Charlie Paton. Can you spot the difference?
The team has left its weakest link at home. The big mouth of the 2009 team who remained a "director" of the expedition keeps on saying some of the most idiotic things - such as that the sky is falling because the ice team has seen rain for a few minutes ;-) - but as far as the imbecile remains at home, he is pretty much harmless.
So I wish the 2010 ice team more good luck than in 2009 and a better director in 2011, too. ;-)