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A test post!

This is a test post to try the possibility to update my blog from the ice while on skiing expedition in Svalbard.

We are leaving in the morning April 7th from Helsinki. From there we fly to Oslo and continue to Longyearbyen in Svalbard. We will spent the day in Longyearbyen getting paper work done, buying the last supplies and eating a last proper meal for a while. Next day we’ll take a bandvagn ride to our starting point and then start our three-week long skiing expedition. We have a satellite phone and a laptop with us, so we are able to keep contact to the outside world and we will send daily disbatches (in Finnish). In addition I’ll try to send few updates to my blog (in English, of course) if everything works as planned.

Before leaving I’ll write something about the food I’m taking with me and I’ll leave a sticky post on top of this page with information about what’s going on and some usefull links.

Things are getting pretty exiting…


6 responses to “A test post!

  1. Joe 04/04/2011 at 00:29

    Jaakko, any last minute nerves?! I will enjoy following your progress on this epic.

  2. korpijaakko 04/04/2011 at 00:58

    “Any last minute nerves?” Uhmm… It is a bit over three days to takeoff. It’s about 01:00 am and I’m still sewing my boot covers (Almost done!), there is a pile a boxes full of gear along the wall that should be checked and packed and I’m still pondering whether I should buy a different kind of thermos for the trip… and few other minor things.

    So, basically, everything is about squared. 😉

  3. Johanna 04/04/2011 at 13:47

    Wow, you are leaving already this week!

    Last week preparations sound so familiar to me :). And it is good to know that if someone of you forgets something home, they have pretty good sortiments of high quality equipments (e.g. gloves) in Longyearbyen ;).

    Good luck, enjoy your time in Svalbard and be careful with polar bears!

  4. korpijaakko 04/04/2011 at 14:14

    Thanks Johanna! I’m at the office now but apparently can’t work a bit! =D Very mixed feelings with “I need more time to get things done” and “Wish I was already out there”. Hopefully we will see polar bears but only from a distance as I ended up being the designated rifle shooter, because of some last-minute cancellations.

  5. -maria- 04/04/2011 at 19:45

    Have a nice & enjoyable trip!

  6. korpijaakko 04/04/2011 at 22:01

    Thanks Maria! I will. Everything should be nice & enjoyable from the very moment when I get all these last minute (days) preparations done!

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