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Spitsbergen Retraced

6th September 2016

Hughmans is proud to have been a sponsor of the Spitsbergen Retraced expedition team from Oxford University, which returned safely recently.  Expedition Leader James Lam contacted us to say:-

“I am very happy to report that the expedition returned safely to Longyearbyen yesterday following a pick up from the Nordenskiold Glacier.

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’).”

The original post can be found here.

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Spitsbergen 3

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