Ready, steady.....

Tomorrow the team will be setting off on a mini expedition across one of the largest glaciers in Europe. Although conditions will not be as severe as those they will face at the North Pole, for many of the team this will be the first time they have experienced a winter environment and the first time they have spent any time in subzero conditions.

A ledge packed for the mini-expedition.

A ledge packed for the mini-expedition.

In preparation the team has split into tent-groups of four (because we sleep four women to a tent) to gather together the communal kit needed for living on ice. Items needed include the stove, fuel, pots and of course the tent itself. It is also time for each team member to wrangle all their personal kit, from clothing to sleeping bags to skis and ski boots - with so many layers and bits of equipment it can be hard to keep track of everything!

All the kit is packed into sledges which we will then drag behind us. everyone gets their own sledge to drag and the bonding between woman and sledge has already begun!

Then there is food! The team have learnt a little about expedition rations today and the nutritional needs of a polar expedition. They are now preparing their own rations for the next five days - breakfast, lunch and dinner, all packed into neat plastic bags - although some tent groups have been neater than others - in fact, we are worried that some tent groups might be too neat!

Lara (Jordan), Susan (France) and Steph (Cyprus) show off their incredibly neat expedition rations - something for the rest of the team to aspire too!

Lara (Jordan), Susan (France) and Steph (Cyprus) show off their incredibly neat expedition rations - something for the rest of the team to aspire too!

Lamees (Kuwait) weighs up whether she has enough chocolate in her snack bag

Lamees (Kuwait) weighs up whether she has enough chocolate in her snack bag

Too many cooks.....

Too many cooks.....

To finish off another busy day we were yet again rewarded with an inspiring natural phenomenon. Yesterday it was rainbows and today it was the Northern Lights! Lamees from Kuwait stood guard outside for hours, waking everyone up when the lights appeared. It was a good showing, with different colours as well as a lot of movement. Yay for the aurora borealis!