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01 May 2009: Return to Longyearbyen Skiing Svalbard Trip, April 2009
Sad as it was, we had to pack up and head for home. We left with a day in hand (we were flying out on the Sunday) to allow for breakdowns, scooter or human :o). As we were leaving with more than we brought due to Harvey managing to stash some stuff before we arrived, it was going to be easier with only 3 people on the 2 scooters until we could get back to the 3rd scooter. So, I got to ski back to the 3rd scooter. Instead of holding onto a knot in the rope as we had been doing for the short trips, I tied my snow shovel handle into the end of the rope, to give something resembling a water skiing tow rope, which made it much easier. This was just as well, as it turned out to be 44km back to the 3rd scooter, in flat light, with lots of sastrugi to surprise me as I was being pulled along, but it was fine, if a little tiring with a sore ankle from the previous day. Got to grab these experiences when you can!


The 3rd scooter was fine - nobody had nicked it from it's lonely position on the ice cap! The sea ice at Tempelfjorden had changed a bit, and there were cracks in it. However, it was no problem. We were reassured by the fact that some Norwegian tourists on scooters crossed it just before us, and they didn't suddenly vanish, so we figured it was OK. As it turns out, a few days later, it wasn't possible to drive over the ice any more! We arrived back late in the evening, tired and smelly, but happy with such a fantastic trip. Saturday innevitably saw a lie in, but we got to go out skiing with the dogs again in the afternoon, which was great as before. Some pictures and movie clips here.

This trip just simply would not have been possible for Helen and myself without everything that Harvey and Marzena did for us, from sorting out the food, to travel logistics, to getting hold of necessary equipment, to putting up with us. On top of that, their experience of living in the Arctic was invaluable, and we benefitted and learnt a lot from this. We can't thank you enough. I would also like to say thanks to Rico and Karoline for letting us tire out your dogs by dragging us around on skis :o). You never know, we may well be back for that other trip sometime...

Heading off the Lomonosovfonna ice cap.
Marzena catching up.
The Norwegian tourists heading out onto the sea ice.  For us, these were the equivalent of an avalanche poodle or mine canary.  You get the idea...
Harvey keeps track of their progress with binoculars - it's 10km across the ice.
Then send Arctic man first, to the tune of Indiana Jones, and hope for the best.
Nearly there!
You and I see reindeer.  Harvey and Marzena see the main constituent of a few roast dinners, a new wall hanging, and a couple of pairs of scooter mitts :o)
30 April 2009: Jefferystoppen, Svalbard Skiing Svalbard Trip, April 2009
29 April 2009: Attempt on Irvinefjellet Skiing Svalbard Trip, April 2009
28 April 2009: MacLaurinryggen, Svalbard Skiing Svalbard Trip, April 2009
27 April 2009: Attempt on Venusfjellet and skiing with dogs! Skiing Svalbard Trip, April 2009
26 April 2009: Newtontoppen, Svalbard Skiing Svalbard Trip, April 2009
25 April 2009: Pallas, Atomfjella, Svalbard Skiing Svalbard Trip, April 2009
24 April 2009: Galileotoppen, Chydeniusfjella, Svalbard Skiing Svalbard Trip, April 2009
23 April 2009: Marsfjellet, Atomfjella, Svalbard Skiing Svalbard Trip, April 2009
21 April 2009: Scooter trip to Atomfjella, Svalbard Skiing Svalbard Trip, April 2009
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