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Jan Fokke Oosterhof komt de corona crisis uit met niets: hij heeft enkel nog zijn rugzak en leeft in een schuur. Desondanks heeft de wereld nog nooit zo uitnodigend en open voor hem gestaan. Hij is avonturier, spreker, auteur, columnist, blogger, influencer en (hard)looptrainer. Hij vertelt over zijn avonturen zoals de oversteekpoging van de ijskap van Groenland, zijn deelname aan de Marathon des Sables, over het begeleiden van bijzondere mensen naar hun doel toe en over zijn nieuwste missie: een loop voor hoop.  

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Frozen Dreams is the story of two Dutch businessmen-turned explorers – Paul Kamphuis and Jan Fokke Oosterhof realising and sharing their dream. After a training trip to the icy wasteland of the Greenland Icecap earlier this year, they plan to mount an expedition to the South Pole to fulfil a long-held dream. But not content with only living their dream, they have set up a website where anyone can share their own dreams and they have pledged to take many of those dreams with them to read out at the South Pole, with their adventures and messages all caught on camera.

 “ We want to get dreams from all over the world and take those dreams to the South Pole so that other people can listen and they can exchange dreams,” says Kamphuis. The project is also raising money for a children’s cancer free charity and also aims to involve children everywhere in the concept.

Frozen Dreams began in the summer of 2006 and since then has become a high profile event, attracting much attention in the Dutch press. The first challenge in a series of training expeditions was to climb Mont Blanc. The pair realised that filming their endeavours was critical to  the idea reaching a wider audience. “We wanted to share our dreams,” says Kamphuis, “so we started filming with a small Sony Handycam.”

Before setting out for Greenland, they approached Sony through Netherlands broadcast equipment supplier Vocas and asked for help with an HD camcorder. “We needed HD cameras for two reasons; one for sending images of HD quality to broadcast companies and then later, because we want to make a film about our experience,” explains Kamphuis.

The Polar expedition was a fitting challenge for Sony’s new HVR 1E camcorder, which launched last  year. As well as giving the expedition members (pair) (some) a high level technical training, Vocas provided the explorers with the camcorder, batteries, (lighting)grips / gripment , a power adaptor and charger to work with two solar panels. They added a Polar Bear shield to protect the camera against the cold and moisture, something which was going to be particularly useful.

Kamphuis and Oosterhof set off in mid April this year, with a plan to spend just under a month on the Icecap and a target of covering 700 kilometres by own physical means on skies while pulling their sledges. But within days of landing on the edge of the Greenland Icecap by helicopter, they were in the middle of a Pitoracq, a Polar storm. For four days high velocity winds kept them in one place tentbound, digging themselves out of the snow every one and an half hour. That was followed by three days of White Out, which meant that they had no visibility what so ever and continued to be stuck where they were.

Through all this they filmed every day. Outside the tent when possible, but also shots inside the tent, where they cooked and waited. “In those conditions, with temperatures of minus 40 degrees Celcius, you would think that cold might be the problem for the camera,” says Kamphuis. “But we didn’t experience any problem with the Sony in the cold.” They were most worried about the moisture, especially in the tent, where making stews created a lot of steam in the icy temperatures. The Polar Bear around the camera, however, prevented moisture from becoming a problem.

Although the storm meant that they couldn’t cover the distance that they had planned, and had to decide to go back all the way to their starting point for an helicopter pick –up they were determined to continue the expedition. Using (scooters) skies and sledges they kept going, filming as they went and sending images to broadcasters in Holland and in Iceland. They edited and send images via a laptop and then used a Broadband Global Area Network BGAN via Inmarsat to connect with a Dutch national broadcaster SBS 6 and the regional Dutch channel, TV West. Furthermore expedition footage was also broadcasted as a news item by Icelandic TV 1.

Much of the footage was of one or the other of them talking to camera, even when their morale hit rock bottom. But they managed to fit the camera with gripment to a sledge so that they could get pictures of both of them at one time. There was also an opportunity for filming an Inuit expedition that they encountered en route with dogs and sledges and an action sequence with their final departure, with shots of the helicopter landing, creating a blizzard of snow and ice.

 Several of the feeds that they sent to the broadcasters were picked up, including shots of Jan skiing while capturing the sunset through his open legs.

Each time they used the camera in extreme weather conditions was an ordeal. “You have to think about filming in the context of the Polar Icecap. “You are always thinking, ‘Do I film? Do I take off my gloves and freeze my fingertips in exchange for the footage? It’s really challenging,” says Kamphuis. Just keeping the camera steady up wind was difficult and the filming process had to be kept as simple as possible. They fixed the sound switches on the camera with wooden sticks and duck tape, using just one setting.

The Sony video tapes all ran as normal, despite the harsh conditions and they clocked up ten hours worth of footage. Both men now have one hundred per cent confidence in the Sony HVR -1E. As well as the simple fact that it was up to the task and kept working day in day out, the quality of the footage was to the necessary high standard. “In Holland the broadcasters are less interested in whether footage is live or not, quality is more important” explains Kamphuis. “If we hadn’t had the Sony HD to deliver, they would have said that the footage wasn’t good enough and would not have used it.”

As they prepare for the final leg of the Frozen Dreams project and the trip to the South Pole later this year, they are beginning to edit the material that they already have from this expedition for their film “The quest for the Polar Icecap”. Although they know that they will not be able to predict the weather, they can be sure that the Sony camcorder would survive the final push.

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I will be blogging for Mountainreporers.com on a regulare base.

You can also find an article in the Dutch ‘walking newspaper’ Te Voet about my project soon…

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