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As most of you will have heard, we returned safely from a successful expedition to Svalbard.
Despite some rather questionable weather we have had a fantastic thirty days following in the footsteps of the 1923 expedition. As well as successfully retracing their route traversing the ice cap we secured repeats of over twenty original photographs.
Particular highlights from the history included discovering remains of the 1923 'Carpet camp' and a note signed and cached on Mt Chernishev by the original team to which we have added our own.
The expedition also proved fruitful on a scientific front. We conducted DNA sampling of a number of vascular plants and drone-mapped several transects on the Bear Bay Glacier.
Lastly, the team enjoyed several good days of mountaineering. Notably, we made a first ascent of the west ridge of Newtontoppen and a second ascent of Irvinefjellet via the ridge first climbed by Noel Odell and Sandy Irvine (which we have christened the '1923 Route').
Needless to say, this expedition could not have taken place without your support and we remain hugely grateful for your kindness and generosity.
Please take a look at our photo album from the trip which can be found here. We hope you enjoy looking through them!
With very best wishes,
The 2016 Team
We have now raised enough money for the expedition to go ahead! Thanks so so much to everyone who has kindly given their support. We now have a month and a half to finalise logistics, science and food before we depart for the Arctic on the 25th July. Not to mention all tyre dragging we will be doing to train our legs for hauling heavy sledges across the ice cap!
Now that the crowdfunding has finished, we will be getting in touch with you to discuss rewards. Some will be delivered upon our return in September and some before we go. We are looking forward to getting in touch with you about these.
The Spitsbergen Retraced team