Friday, April 18, 2008

Decryption

A lot of people told me that they did not understand those messages I sent from the satellite phone while I was on the ice. I guess I have to decrypt them :)

April 2:
ARV@BARNEO SAF.AM GOOD.-35.ICE DRFT SOUT FST.WHE 2STRT TMR NOT KNOW.AMZN SCNE

We arrived at Barneo (base camp) safely. I am good. It's -35 degree. The ice is drifting south fast. Where to start (ie, the location where the expedition starts from) tomorrow is unknown. Amazing scenary (at the base camp)

April 3:
SLEEP OK.STIL DRFT SOUTH FST.STAY@BASE EXPL AREA 2DAY.-35 & WNDY.STAYIN WRM

I sleep ok (ie, I had a good sleep). The ice is still drifting south fast. We stay at the base camp. We will explore the area today. It's (still) -35 degrees and windy. I am staying warm.

MCKUP TRP SURND.WAS GOOD,QUITE TIRING.WIL B INTRESTNG NXT 7DAY.HAD GOOD INSTNT MEAL.DRFT FSTER 14KM SINCE YESTRDAY.STRT@ICE@11AM TMR

We had a mockup trip in the surrounding area. It was good, but quite tiring. It will be interesting the next 7 days. I had a good instant meal. The ice drifts faster, 14km since yesterday. We will start on the ice (ie, start the skiing) at 11AM tomorrow.

April 4:
GEORGE(G) JOIN TEAM GRT HLP.HELI DRP@89 D40'.CLD BUT MOVNG HLP STAY WRM

George joins the team. It's a great help. Helicopter dropped us at 89 degree 40' (where we start skiing). It's cold but moving help staying warm.

April 5:
YESTRDAY WLK 1.5K.2DAY 7K NOT MCH DRFT.LOONG DAY.MAYB BTTR TMR.DNNR & BED SOON

Yesterday we walked 1.5 km. Today we walked 7km. Not much of drifting. It's a (very) long day (for me). Maybe it'll get bettter tomorrow. Going to have dinner and going to bed soon.

April 6:
CORCTN YESDAY WLK 12K WO DRFT.2DAY SLWER DRFT 300MPH.WLK 7KM W DRFT.32K 2 NP

Correction: yesterday we walked 12k without drift. Today it's a slower drift, 300m/hour. We walked 7km with drift. It's (about) 32km to the North Pole.

CKNG DNNR BCON W NDLE.YUK BUT NEED FAT.MIX HOT PWR DRNK CHOC &MLK BUT MLK TSTE LK CHEES ANOTHR YUK :)

I'm cooking dinner, bacon with (instant) noodle. It's yukky, but I need the fat. I (also) mixed hot power drink, chocolate and milk but the milk tastes like cheese. Another yuk :)

April 7:
TUF TERRN 2 NAV LOTS RDGES.WLK 7K WO DRFT.29K FR NP.ALMST NO DRFT.2 BIZ NOT BAD AS THOT :)

(Very) tough terrain to navigate, lots of (pressure) ridges. We walked 7km without drift. It's about 29k from the North Pole. Almost no drift. 2nd business (number two) is not bad as I thought (it would be) :)

CK MEX CHLI W BCON NOT BAD.CRVE 4 COKE WHLE WLKNG WEIRD EH.A GD AD 4 COCA

I cooked Mexican chili with bacon. Not bad (at all). I craved for (a can of) coke while walking (on the ice). Weird eh? (This would be) a good ad for Coca Cola.

SWET LOTS WHLE WLKNG TNT LOOK LK LNDRY EV NITE.BOIL LOTS WTR,DRNK LK CMEL.BED SOON

I sweat a lot while walking. The tent looks like a laundry place everynight. We boil lots of water, and drink like camel. I am going to bed soon.

April 8:
EVDAY&NITE NICE DAY TIL 2DAY.FOG LOW VISI.CMP WAIT 4 BTTR WTHR.NICE&WRM@TNT

Everyday and night here is a nice day until today. There's a fog and it's low visibility. We are camping out waiting for better weather. It's nice and warm in the tent.

DRFT STRNG AGN 600MPH.HEAR DOGSLDGE TEAM ARND.NICE 2KNW PPL NEAR

The ice drift is strong again, at 600m/hour We hear the dogsledge team around us. It's nice to know people are near.

HAD GD RST.WTHR NICE NOW.MB STRT WLKNG 2 CTCH UP

We had a good rest. The weather is nice now. Maybe we will start walking (again) to catch up.

April 9:
DIDNT WLK TIL MRNG.BTFUL DAY 4WLK.ONLY 5K 2DAY.HELI PCKUP TMR 4 NP THEN BK 2 LAND.BIG DAY.XCITD

We did not walk until (this) morning. It's a beautiful day for walking. (We only accomplished) 5k today. Helicopter will pick us up tomorrow for the North Pole, then back to land (ie, Longyearbyen). (It will be a) big day. I am excited.

April 10:
GRTNG FR THE NORTHPOLE :)

Greetings from the North Pole :)

5 comments:

Lam Pham said...

Hi Khai,
I saw an article on the Nguoi Viet online about your North Pole adventure. Congratulation for a successful adventure and that's indeed a big achievement. You may be the first Vietnamese-origin person who dared and succesfully explored by foot to the North Pole.

There were other Vietnamese origins who got there before via other means. I was one of those. I got to the Pole on April 16, 2006 as a technical supporting staff for Prince Albert of Monaco during his adventure trip there that time. I stayed at the Barneo camp for almost the whole week while the Prince dog-sledged about 75 miles to the Pole. About 1 hour before his arrival to the Pole, I was flown by helicopter to the Pole to set up equipment for the Prince's live broadcast back to Monaco about his successful adventure. Thus, even though I was at the Pole, I did not have good story to tell like yours since I got there by flying instead of skiing like you.

Again, Congratulation.
Lam

P.S. You can read some articles about our trip there at:

http://www.nrl.navy.mil/pressRelease.php?Y=2006&R=35-06r

http://www.monaco.arctic-expedition.mc/wwwpolar.nsf/HomeGb4.htm

http://www.shparo.com/Albert/Albert_crew.htm

Khai Nguyen said...
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Anonymous said...

Hi bro,
I just came across the article about the adventure you made to North Pole. Wow, that's so a feather in your cap. I was greatly moved by your patriotism. Keep up your good work.
Cheers,

Anonymous said...

Hi Khai, Congratulation ...I think All vietnamese Youth proud of you. And we hope to meet you oneday in Vietnam...

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