"You'll be safe enough in the Lady Jane,"
the copilot shouts. A twig of a mast is visible against a dazzling white
glacier. "Sorry about this!" He hauls himself aboard. Buzzing
furiously, the plane accelerates into the wind, and moments later it hops
into the air. Seconds after that, it's disappeared.
"I'm Claudia." Even shouted over
the wind, the woman's British accent is unmistakable. She offers you a
mittened hand, and you shake it politely with yours. "What do you
know about walking on pack ice?"
"Nothing!" you shout back. The Arctic gale stings
your face. Without another word she shoulders her backpack and takes the
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