Posts Tagged ‘Camp Raven’

Over the past few days, Harald and Andre have reached DYE 2, a former distant early warnig radar station operated by the US during the cold war (built in 1960, closed 1988). Therfore they have made about two-thirds into their trek across the Greenland ice cap. Next to DYE 2 is Camp Raven, manned by a few individuals and used by the New York Air National Guard for training. I found a video on the Internet (not from Harald) that shows the camp and airplanes used during the training.

It seems that Camp Raven was a nice reprieve for the team, as they were able to interact and relax, briefly with people from some other expeditions and Lou and Mark, who manage the station.

Harald Fuchs using snow kite during training in Norway.

In one podcast below, Harald also talks about missing some good homemade German food. I don’t blame him.

Also, they’ve benefited from strong tailwinds allowing them to use the snow kites. I’m including another picture here taken during a training expedition earlier this year to give you an idea of the kites.

Finally, listen here to the latest podcasts. Harald is covering a lot of ground and is now coming into different terrain (lakes and, soon, deep crevices).

May 12, 2008: Strong tailwinds and snow kites to make 50km
May 13, 2008: Reached the DYE 2
and Camp Raven


Evening in Camp Raven

May 14, 2008: Time at DYE 2 and Camp Raven; then off again using snow kites

Hercules airplain from the New York Air National Guard

May 15, 2008: Getting hungrier and “Haraldin”, an home-cooked food
May 16, 2008: Transition from ice cap to new terrain – Snow Lakes

Finally, as you can see from the map, they are covering a lot of ground. If you zoom in, you can start to see the lake territory he is entering now. I can’t wait for the pictures.

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