There were 2 main objectives of this trip, firstly more driver training for the staff and secondly more cold weather training for some of the competitors. it certainly was a supermix of interesting people. A Blue Peter presenter, a pair of South African 'Celebrities', a Kiwi, a Pro Norweigian Snowkiter, a Brummie Chef (everyones new best friend) A future whiskey brewer, and the usual mix of polar adventuring, Brits, and Icelandic and Norwegian Guys, little ole me and even littlier itsy bitsy Anna who I'm sure single handedly holds things together and has a built in data bank of what everyone should be doing in that brain of hers!!
First stop was the Arctic trucks factory to have a look at the latest trucks they were working on. Believe it or not the big white truck is an emergency vehicle for bad weather!
This latest baby is going to be converted into a massive 6 wheeler, not sure if its joining us though
This is what the trucks get converted into!! And believe when I say driving them is like MONSTER TRUCKING in the snow!
Really scary, yet so much fun!!
|Dig in and keep on driving!|
|Kenny looking sleepy at the wheel|
The competitors learning how to put the tent up in blizzard conditions....we were lovely and toasty warm in our truck, nibbling at our rations pack.
|the start of an exciting adventure together!|
|visibility getting better|
|check out the yellow truck now!|
|day 3 begins!|
Third day on the glacier turned into a complete white out and we ended up having to do an emergency rescue from the top of the glacier. Some Finns had camped out over night but it was decided for their own safety it was best to get them off the glacier. Kenny and I drove up in one truck and Emil and Peter went up in another truck. Amazing sensation not being able to see out the window. At one stage we only had about 3 metres visibility, and kept losing sight of each other. Kenny was driving with the drivers door open and staring at the ground to make sure we were still moving, I was hanging out of the passenger side window, fully kitted out with my goggles on trying to spot the other truck or the people we were looking for.
It really was a pretty remarkable week.....and this is only the beginning......the REAL ADVENTURE starts in December!