15 April 2007
After two weeks working hard to prepare our runway in time for the period of scientific activity over the next couple of weeks, we are now on stand-by as a large storm rages outside.
Forecast to last throughout the weekend, we are currently experiencing wind up to 45kts and very poor visibility. While we concentrate on inside jobs and cross our fingers that the ice remains stable around the runway, we have a team anxiously waiting in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, to join us at the first opportunity. Once again the advice of Russian scientist Sergey Pisarev, who joined us on the voyage from Murmansk to Tiksi last year, is proving to be correct, wisely telling us that ‘The highest virtue of polarmen is patience’.