Wednesday, June 16, 2010


.... more from Svalbard still to come.....

Friday, June 04, 2010

Knerton, Svalbard

From base camp II our YEs split into their last fires. For the final two weeks they each chose what they wanted to do and formed groups accordingly. Alysa, James, Callum, Clem, Edd and Sophie stayed at base camp to continue with the science work, lead by Alison, Hazel and me. Between projects we were able to continue exploring the area. This is Callum, James and Alysa sitting on the rocky summit of Knerton. These three, together with Clem, were the first YEs to get to the summit, proving that Primula is a formula for success!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Diabasodden, Svalbard

This shows the bear flares that we used to protect our camps. We put a stake in the snow at each corner and then strapped a bracket with a crampon strap to the stake. The bracket had a hole drilled through, in which the bare flare sat. A pin restrains a hammer from setting off the flare. Each pin has a karabiner clipped to it, through which we ran a fishing line. If the fishing line is disturbed, it pulls the pin out which set the flare off.

Diabasodden, Svalbard

Ade and Jackie's tent- mission control.

Diabasodden, Svalbard

View north from base camp II.