Photo: DYE-2, abandoned US Radar station
After a blizzard and 6 days of non-stop white outs we finaly reached Dye 2 on Sunday. It appeared out of the mist like some long forgotten alien artifact, a great white dome on top dominates the building which, untill August 1988, was constantly manned by US military and government contractors.
We made camp, put on our head torches, and then scouted the areato find an entrance. It wasn't long before we were in,dutifully signing our names in the adhoc visiters registra. We explored the whole site which had been abandoned in such a hurry by its owners that there were still half eaten meals in the canteen and boxes of unopened beer in the bar - all long past their "best before" dates unfortunately. It was fascinating reading a 20 year old copy of Newsweek, titled "The Greenhouse Effect - More hot summers ahead". I'm sure some in Ireland would take issue with that!
The next morning we set off on perfect snow, covering 45km during the day. Today however was not so good, yet another white out and rain to boot. We still managed 27.9km, and would have bettered that had we not ran into a series of fast flowing melt water streams forcing us to make a 2km detour.
We have 118km left to the end of this expedition, it doesn't sound much but it will involve negotiating an expanse of crevasses and pressure ridges as we make our way down the glacial leg. Hopefully, they won’t be as bad as the ones we encountered at the start, 22 days ago.
By the time this was updated, i had a call from Pat who was very excited and confident on them completing the traverse on Saturday 1st or Sunday 2nd of September. They are feeling good and hoped everyone back home was well. They are still having problems with powering from solar, they are now relying on batteries to charge their equipment. All these problems are good training for them for South Pole.
We hope to keep you informed on a daily basis as they approach the western edge of the Greenland ice cap at N 67 08 43 - W 50 02 54 where they will finally come on to solid ground after nearly thirty days on the ice.