86°40 N

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2 April 2007

Last night we passed 86˚40’N, in doing so beating the furthest position north of the SEDOV, the Russian vessel that involuntarily drifted to a position of 86˚39’ in 1939. It is a record that we have not yet celebrated as we have been preoccupied for the last few days leveling a runway. A difficult job at the best of times, this task has been made more challenging by the fact that we have still not received important material by a parachute drop due to some administrative complications in Russia. However, while our team ashore continues the diplomatic negotiations, we have advanced well with the runway ‘a la pic’, the crew rising to the challenge!!

Grant