If your compass is going haywire, your GPS isn’t working and you can’t see the sun then how do you find your way?
Get out your sexy underwear of course!
This might not be the first things that springs to everyone’s mind, but it is exactly what the Catlin Arctic Survey have been doing.
Due to the fact they are so close to the magnetic pole the team cannot use a compass and the freezing weather conditions are preventing the GPS equipment from working. Therefore the team have to rely on navigating using the position of the sun. When it is cloudy they rely on following the direction of the wind which is indicated by taking a pair of lacy underwear and hanging them from a ski pole much like a make shift windsock.
Ann Daniels said “The earth’s strong magnetic field on this part of the ocean means that the compass needle simply spins uselessly in its housing. As such, we’re currently relying on more traditional methods for day-to-day navigation, using the sun (for those few precious hours each day when it graces us with its presence), and using wind direction, as indicated by the panties…”
The purpose of this polar expedition, which is supported by the WWF and Prince Charles, is to capture accurate measurements of the thickness of the Arctic Ocean sea ice. This hard-won data will help their scientific team to predict more accurately than ever before how long the Arctic Ocean’s floating ice cap will be a year-round global feature.
The one question I have after all this is: why wear a thong on a 700 mile trek to the arctic? I’d imagine that something thermal would be much more appropriate, but maybe she was out to impress!