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Project 66° North = Project Inland Ice

Friday, February 8th, 2008

Project InlandIceSome weeks ago we found a clothing sponsor for the project; Bergans of Norway. Our previous expedition name, project 66° North was very similar to another outdoor clothing brand: 66° North (Iceland). Therefore we decided to change the name of the project. But…, how can we come up with a new name; we were already so familiar with Project 66° North. Many names crossed our minds. After a final evening of shouting names and yelling silly things, one of us came with the name Project Inland Ice; a fine name which tells the entire story. The Greenland Ice Sheet is sometimes also referred to as Inland Ice, or its Danish equivalent, Indlandsis. Greenland and Ice, the cold and the climate, that’s all what counts!

Handle with care?

Friday, January 18th, 2008

toughbookA big box was delivered to my office this morning. It said “Handle with care”. I was thinking about the delivery of a digital camera which I have ordered via the internet. So, eager to make some of my first shots with a new camera, I opened the box. It was rather heavy though. Inside the box was a delivery of Panasonic. It was the Toughbook! So why print “Handle with care” on the box. It should say “Throw it around”, “Do whatever you like”. Or even better: ”Try to break”
The Toughbook is an extremely good laptop for the environment we are going to. The type we will use is the CF-30 fully ruggedized laptop. We will use the laptop for updating our web side and sending video from the ice cap.
This is what Panasonic says about their Toughbook: ”The Toughbook CF-30 is seen quite rightly as the reference model for real outdoor notebooks. It is robust like no other notebook and is optimally prepared for the harshest conditions of use in all areas of your business. Shocks, drops, heat, cold, dust and damp present no risk to the Toughbook.” So why handle with care??

Fitting clothes

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

BergansOn the 16th of January we were fitting clothes of the brand Bergans in Leusden.
Bergans is our sponsor for clothing, backpacks and sleeping bags.
After fitting several down jackets, pants, soft shells, jackets and fleeces we had our correct sizes and type of clothing.
The result is a complex sheet of material with numbers, sizes, types and colour.
Those clothes will keep us warm and dry on Greenland.

Listen to the music

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

iriver-t60.jpgThe icecap can be extremely boring. White, endless horizon, silence, cold, boring… During most of the day we will just walk behind each other. In the slipstream of the track which is made by the first person. So time enough to think about the essentials in live. And… listen to music. We will all bring one mp3-player of iriver with 4 GB of storage. Enough for about 1000 songs. And when we are bored with our own music collection, we will just swap mp3-player with one other.
The good thing about the iriver mp3-player (T60) is that it works on one AAA battery. And last but not least is weights only 53 grams in total. Compare this to 1000 songs on cd…around 8 KG.

Tents have arrived

Friday, December 7th, 2007

Our home on GreenlandOur home for Greenland has arrived from Sweden.
On the 7 of December the modified Stalon Combi 4 tents have been delivered with express service. The package contained 2x Stalon Combi4, 1x Extension, 7 spare poles and a sled pack.
We asked Hilleberg to modified the tents and extension with snow valances. They did it very quick and perfect. Hilleberg did a great job.
The good thing about this kind of tent is the durability in a storm and the way you erect the tent. The tent can be erected by just two persons in a couple of minutes. This saves us vulnerable time standing in the freezing winds.
It is another step closer to Greenland.

We will use the Hilleberg Stalon Combi 4

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

Hillberg Stalon Combi 4We have invested a lot of effort, time and devotion into this big project. So we are really proud to have a partnership with Hilleberg. Hilleberg the tentmaker from Sweden will support the expedition with two Stalon combi 4 tents. We first saw this tent at a tent fair somewhere this summer. Ever since we were really determined to use this tent for the crossing. The tent is spacey, fast pitching, durable and… extendible. We will attach two of those tent together so we have one huge living home on the icecap.

This is what Hilleberg is telling about the tent: “The Stalon Combi has quickly become very popular with users who want to be able to customize their tent. Ski touring groups can build their own chalet – two tent “bedrooms” connected by a roof extension “common area”; bicycle tourers can add an extension between tent and vestibule and so create a portable garage; and families can construct a backcountry vacation home, with a Stalon Combi 4 for the kids, a Stalon Combi 2 for the parents, and an Extension for the family room. Organized groups, like scouts and outdoor schools, also appreciate the Stalon’s ability to build shelter solutions to order.”

Hilleberg Thanks!!

Europeesche verzekeringen is sponsoring us

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Europeesche VerzekeringenThe S.A.R. insurance, what is necessary for the Greenland icecap crossing, is sponsored by the Europeesche verzekeringen. www.europeesche.nl

Icebreaker as sponsor

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

logo_icebreaker.jpgIcebreaker supports the expedition with their famous 100% merino clothing.

International Polar Year (IPY) supports us

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

ipyklein.jpgThe Dutch department of the International Polar Year will support us with the development of the educational program. They will help the teachers academy with information and knowledge on polar regions. Besides that, they will try to broaden the educational program  across the rest of the Netherlands.

The International Polar Year is a large scientific programme focused on the Arctic and the Antarctic from March 2007 to March 2009.

The IPY is organized through the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). In order to have full and equal coverage of both the Arctic and the Antarctic, IPY 2007-8 covers two full annual cycles from March 2007 to March 2009 and will involve over 200 projects, with thousands of scientists from over 60 nations examining a wide range of physical, biological and social research topics. It is also an unprecedented opportunity to demonstrate, follow, and get involved with, cutting edge science in real-time.

We are very happy with this successful development in the project.

Website Project 66° North online

Monday, August 6th, 2007

Website of Project 66 NorthThe final website for the project is online at www.project66north.com. Thanks to Raymond Koome for making this happen. We are really satisfied with the result. This website will be updated regularly. This will also be our means of communication when we are on the icecap.