In January 1993, the base camp area was finalised to be Alandsvatnet. This was reasonably close to Ny-Friesland, offered interesting geology (lying on The Billefjorden Fault Zone) good vegetation (as the valley floor was at 100m and within a plant reserve) and the access was no more expensive than anywhere else we were considering.
January also saw the team list finalised. It contained three 'novice' expeditioners - Lucy Lloyd-Williams, Kristina Petersen, and David Boulton.
The administrative structure was for a team of three to be responsible for the organisation. The Leader (logistics), Base Camp Manager (food), and Fund-Raiser (money).
The thinking behind the expedition was for it to contain both useful scientific fieldwork, and also adventure. The adventurous objectives of Newtontoppen and Perriertoppen appealed from the start. They headlined our adventurous objectives, were accompanied by four weeks of Nordic Skiing and mountaineering.
The relatively large number of expeditioners was for morale, safety, and to allow parties to do independent things while scientists were working.
This style of organisation worked very well, and there then followed 6 months of frantic work - the results of which will become apparent in this report.