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Perfecting the Plan Jade and her team planned their trip carefully. T ey would fl y to the island of Svalbard at the outer edge of the Arctic ice. A plane would take them to a temporary base called Barneo. T en a helicopter would take them to their starting point. T ey had a small window of time. In


winter, the Arctic is pitch dark. It gets as cold as minus 50° Celsius. Arctic spring is the best time to travel, but it only lasts for a few weeks in April.


When Jade and the team arrived in Svalbard, there was trouble. T e ice was thinner than usual. Dangerous cracks kept opening across the airstrip in Barneo. T e team waited for two weeks until the


airstrip was repaired. At last, they fl ew to Barneo and then to their drop-off point. T ere was no time to waste. As soon as


they touched down, Jade harnessed herself to her sled, and the team started off into the unknown.


Jade stood on the cold, empty ice as the chopper whirled out of sight.


To cross this stretch of open water, the team made a raft from their sleds.


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