In 1928 Umberto Nobile, an Italian pilot, attempted (and he eventually succeeded) to fly over the North Pole on an airship. In his way back to Svalbard islands, due to bad weather condition, the airship crashed on the pack (only 10 survived). Nobile, along with his fellow survivors, managed to stay alive on the ice for 40 days, until an international rescue operation got there and picked them up. Since I’ve read this story, I have always wondered how they have coped with the lack of control over that incredible situation. Since the mission across Atlantic and Pacific, back in 2005 and 2008, where I had a glimpse of it, I have always been fascinated by the idea of making an adventure in which I have to deal with this sense of abandonment. In general people do their very best to control situations and hate to be controlled by them. However, I believe we should have all learn the art of acquittance and I’m going to lear that the hard way!
Food-wise we are still thinking at the best option. I would love to have all my supply since the first day on the iceberg but, in the meantime, I want to be as light as I possibly can in order to not alter the balance and stability of the iceberg. If we will eventually choose to have the food delivered, an helicopter will do it. With regards to the shelter, I’ll live in a 3 meters alloy rounded survival capsule engineered and made by an US company in Seattle. The capsule is the best capsule ever made and it has been tested to withstand even the worst case scenario.
Apart from my daily session of physical activity (I like biking and swimming), I’m not doing any specific physical training at the moment and I don’t think I’m going to do it in the future. This is a mental challenge, however we are aware that mental health is very much connected to the physical health. For this reason, I’ll do some workout with basic instruments while onboard.
It will be quite boring, honestly. I believe that boredom is going to be one of the greatest challenge I’m going to face. Believe it or not, this is for me very exciting. However, I’m likely to continue studying my Psychology course, running researches both on environment and on personal adaptation. I also would like to laugh an online educational program for schools, which will make my stay on iceberg even more interesting (and busy). Books are my favorite fore of entertainment, so I believe I’ll bring a lots of them.
Find the right iceberg in terms of size, shape, position will be an adventure itself. Minimizing the risk is another big challenge. Anything may happen and there are just a few chances of success. An iceberg tends to be very dynamic and unstable we are developing rescue and emergency procedures in case the iceberg flips over.
I’ll have everything I need to stay connected with my team and all my followers. I’ll have also sensors that, by collecting data such as inclination of iceberg, solar radiation, rainfall, sounds and vibrations, water pH, water salinity and so on, may guarantee the safety.
Icebergs are formed with incessant deposition of snow, which transforms them into ice, over time. Icebergs (of any size) may lasts very short time or as long as years. There is not way to predict the date by which the iceberg will be melted. It depends on many factors such as the drifting, whether or not it gets stuck in a fjord, the weather condition and so on. That said, we haven’t identified yet the iceberg I will live onto. It could be either a new one or an old one (carved in the past) but whatever it happens, I’ll be home after 12 months.
Yes, I’ll bring camera with me. This is going to be once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I don’t want to miss the chance to document it. We have three different levels of goals, which we have called Planet, People and Me.
We will put on the iceberg sensors and devices in order to collect real-time data about the ice structure and its dynamic evolution during the drift. These data, never collected before, will help scientists in understanding important issues about climate change on Planet Earth.
The project, supported by a panel of option leaders, will highlight the crucial themes of climate chance and sustainability to big audience in a cross-disciplinary perspective.
For my part, I strongly believe that human beings grow and get stronger when exposed to stress, volatility, fear and disorder. The extra-ordinary experience of ADRIFT (that’s the name of my project) will be the perfect environment to lear new skills. I hope to bring them back to my everyday challenges and make my life even more marvelous.
There is still a lot to do. It’s an enormous teamwork and, at the moment, I’m just focusing on the next step. I’m not nervous, even though I’ve been working on this for a couple of years and I can’t wait to turn it into reality.
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