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2013 Vol 3 No 6
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Frost bitten fingers from removing gloves to tie loose ski strapping. The extreme temperatures of the Antarctic leave no room for error, as Sir Ranulf Feinnes discovered - even for the world's most experienced adventurerFrost bitten fingers from removing gloves to tie loose ski strapping. The extreme temperatures of the Antarctic leave no room for error.

“But in order to keep it performing well, you have to keep yourself in top condition, alert to every possible issue and ready at any moment to perform maintenance, change plans and support the rest of the team. Both Richmond and myself have had our engineering skills tested to the max and it has been such a rewarding and amazing experience.

“Even though the main goal of the expedition, to traverse the Antarctic in winter, had to be changed due to extremely severe weather conditions, we have broken dozer records and been able to achieve our own key goals for the expedition.

"Words can’t describe the whole experience, but it has certainly been life changing!”    “By getting the team and equipment back safe and sound, we have proven that the vision of Sir Ranulph Fiennes, to develop Antarctic ready Cat D6Ns that can operate in the Antarctic winter, has been achieved.

"Words can’t describe the whole experience, but it has certainly been life changing!”

In total 2,500 miles were travelled by the two dozers, which carried out various tasks throughout the journey. In this time, engineers Spencer and Richmond performed numerous essential machine maintenance tasks, protected by a specially designed canopy.

With daily routines, checks and analysis combined with the removal of snow and ice, hundreds of man-hours were spent looking after the Cat D6Ns.

In addition to accommodation cabooses, a science caboose was towed by the Cat D6Ns to allow the team to conduct numerous science based programmes, including human studies.

When asked to comment on the performance of the Cat D6Ns, Richmond Dykes said, “For the Cat D6Ns, this has been a three year journey, with 5 months of it operating in the Antarctic. Designed by Finning engineers in our Cannock UK headquarters, the performance of the Antarctic ready Cat D6Ns has been fantastic.

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Beautiful sunsets in the Antarctic herald long, cold Winter nights.

Contractors World Magazines acknowledge the kind permission to reproduce images supplied by The Coldest Journey. © 2013



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