Arctic team write in snow to communicate
Explorers on the Catlin Arctic Survey expedition have come up with a novel way of communicating, according to team photographer Martin Hartley.
The close-knit team are careful to stay in view of one another in the hazardous conditions but pathfinder Ann Daniels is always 200m in front, followed by Pen Hadow, and then Mr Hartley.
To combat the distances between them, they have been writing messages in the snow but there is a big difference between the men’s messages and Ms Daniels, the only woman on the team.
“If I see something that I think will make a great picture I write a big ‘P’ for photo with my ski pole for Martin to read when he follows in my tracks”, said expedition leader Mr Hadow.
“At least that’s how it began. I have to admit that over time my messages to Martin have become frivolous as well as pragmatic.
“I’ll often write something provocative just to turn round and see him laugh when he reaches it.”
Ms Daniels on the other hand leaves the schoolboy humour to the boys, preferring to leave sweet messages of encouragement and kisses.
With Mr Hartley bringing up the rear, he has nobody to write to but the polar bears but he has warned his cheeky colleague that he will have the last laugh.
“All your rude messages to me are noted Pen and I just want to remind you that I’m the photographer and I can make you look good or I can make you look gross,” he joked.
“It’s really your choice. Perhaps you may want to edit your comments accordingly in the future.”