April 19–20, 2024

The last few days the weather was fine but there’s were many cracks and bits of weak ice. But by carefully routing over small, stronger sections we were able to make fairly good distance of southward progress. We had a brief scare with thunks from the front suspension of one of the Yemelya, but it didn’t prevent us from proceeding. Also at the lunch stop, we checked the calibration of our ice thickness sensor and took some snow depth measurements. The sensor revealed that even some of the better ice we were on in the afternoon was on 20cm thick… just enough. Despite starting in challenging conditions with poor visibility, the team persevered through difficult terrain, making progress as the weather improved.
Expedition diary Stage 2