Antarctic challenge... White Ice Cycle

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Re: Antarctic challenge... White Ice Cycle

Postby mrjemm » 24 Dec 2013, 1:59pm

Much clearer pic-

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Looks like she started out with sidepods, the lot, but only kept the Ortliebs.

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Re: Antarctic challenge... White Ice Cycle

Postby notme2 » 24 Dec 2013, 2:57pm

[XAP]Bob wrote:Image

That looks a little chilly.



Looks to be prior to loading the tent and sleeping bag.
Be nice to know what the full kit was that she took with her

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Re: Antarctic challenge... White Ice Cycle

Postby [XAP]Bob » 24 Dec 2013, 2:59pm

I think it's after dumping some kit, she was running behind schedule...
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Re: Antarctic challenge... White Ice Cycle

Postby notme2 » 24 Dec 2013, 3:16pm

Couldn't have dumped that much kit
going from 8 bags down to 2 that would be unthinkable but she probably worked out that she's on flat ground now so any kit to help her up the glacier and over the mountains was redundant to her needs and could be left behind but what will be needed is the tent and sleeping bag plus the electronic equipment as well as any gear she may need if she encounters crevasses on the rest of route

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Re: Antarctic challenge... White Ice Cycle

Postby [XAP]Bob » 24 Dec 2013, 3:20pm

She could have - these explorer types do take serious risks (we'll see on Jan 20th)
After all she was only planning on a couple of powernaps - I'd have been tempted not to take a tent at all - or at least to use the trike as an integral part of one...
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Re: Antarctic challenge... White Ice Cycle

Postby mrjemm » 24 Dec 2013, 5:45pm

Would it be wrong to speculate that she dumped nothing, but it's been added to the cameraman's load?

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Re: Antarctic challenge... White Ice Cycle

Postby [XAP]Bob » 24 Dec 2013, 5:52pm

I hope the camera man did pick it up - but she won't get it back...
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Re: Antarctic challenge... White Ice Cycle

Postby Redvee » 24 Dec 2013, 11:41pm

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Re: Antarctic challenge... White Ice Cycle

Postby mrjemm » 25 Dec 2013, 12:42pm

I just noticed the plane in the background of the pic earlier... OK, was distracted by the trike...

Is that an old DC-3 Dakota? Square windows? I dunno... but being nervous about flying, I don't think I'd be joyous about flying into one the most hostile environments on the planet in an old bucket like that.

Really really want a go on the trike though, on the snow. Pleeease.

Perhaps when this is over, it should be put on a circuit of ICE dealers for publicity. We could all go see it, and give it a go at D-Tek, Laid-Back or wherever. Maybe around late January time... hint hint (i.e. I'll be free to visit and there may be snow...). :D

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Re: Antarctic challenge... White Ice Cycle

Postby [XAP]Bob » 25 Dec 2013, 3:51pm

Buckets like that are reliable. The extreme cold is bad for many aspects of many plqnes. simple is good...
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Re: Antarctic challenge... White Ice Cycle

Postby Neilo » 25 Dec 2013, 4:50pm

mrjemm wrote:I just noticed the plane in the background of the pic earlier... OK, was distracted by the trike...

Is that an old DC-3 Dakota? Square windows? I dunno... but being nervous about flying, I don't think I'd be joyous about flying into one the most hostile environments on the planet in an old bucket like that.



I believe they are modernised. They have more reliable and economical modern turbo prop (jet engine with a propellor) compared to the Pratt &Whitney twin wasp radial piston engine

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basler_BT-67 flown by these http://www.alci.co.za/company-info/

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Re: Antarctic challenge... White Ice Cycle

Postby [XAP]Bob » 25 Dec 2013, 9:23pm

089° 12.817S

Less than 50 arc minutes to go...
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Re: Antarctic challenge... White Ice Cycle

Postby Geriatrix » 25 Dec 2013, 10:43pm

mrjemm wrote:Is that an old DC-3 Dakota? Square windows? I dunno... but being nervous about flying, I don't think I'd be joyous about flying into one the most hostile environments on the planet in an old bucket like that.

I think the old Dak still holds the best safety record of all aircraft, & probably hold the record for longest service for any military or commercial aircraft. Possibly the most rugged and reliable commercial aircraft ever built.
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Re: Antarctic challenge... White Ice Cycle

Postby Neilo » 26 Dec 2013, 7:40am

[quote="GeriatrixI think the old Dak still holds the best safety record of all aircraft, & probably hold the record for longest service for any military or commercial aircraft. Possibly the most rugged and reliable commercial aircraft ever built.[/quote]

First flew 1935. I believe one of the reasons why they are still flying is that they never gave the airframe a limit on the amount of hours it could fly.
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Re: Antarctic challenge... White Ice Cycle

Postby [XAP]Bob » 26 Dec 2013, 11:45pm

A shortcut has to be a challenge, otherwise it would just be the way. No situation is so dire that panic cannot make it worse.
There are two kinds of people in this world: those can extrapolate from incomplete data.