The first entry in the logbook was as follows: On April 12, 1960, the Li-2 plane landed on the ice at the 77° 23' north latitude and 163° 00' east longitude. The explorers found an ice flow suitable for the North Pole-9 station.
Comfort wasn’t important during our first days at the station, but it would eventually be an issue. First we had to set up a tent for living and cooking. After an hour, we sat at the table. Petrovich served pelmeni (dumplings), sausages and tea. About 16 hours had passed since we had breakfast in Tiksi but we were so tired that we did not even feel hungry. The six of us just drank a seven-liter pot of tea.
Time for bed. We lie on ordinary folding beds in warm sleeping bags made of wolverine fur. Each of them contained a smaller bag made of fur and eiderdown. It is blistering cold in the tent — it was minus 26 the whole day. To get a little warmer, we switch on a gasoline lamp and fall asleep instantly
At 2 am we wake up. During the night, our clothes had frozen and our fur boots seemed to be made of stone. We could hardly put them on. We eat a quick breakfast and rush to the airfield. We bring a pre-fab house into our temporary camp and start putting it together.
In the meantime, planes keep flying in from Tiksi to our ice floe. More and more people arrive in the ice camp.
Today we met with press and radio journalists, correspondents from TASS, Sovertskaya Rossiya, Komsolmolskaya Pravda, Krasnaya Zvezda and Sovetskaya Aviatsiya. They took lots of photos and interviewed every person on the ice floe. For some reason, the cook was the most popular person with the journalists.
Our camp on the floe is gradually settling in. Several people assemble the house between unloading the planes. By the end of the day, there are ten tents and one house in the camp. When the assembly of the house was finished, we lit a fire and it felt warm and cozy right away.
Petrovich had put his kitchen in apple-pie order. He organized a cookhouse and a common room in a separate tent. Petrovich arranged his store of food outside the tent, made soups and fried hamburger in the cookhouse, and offered us tea and coffee
While on duty in the camp, Anatoly Vorobyev is preoccupied with many things: he helps Petrovich cook lunch, sets the table, washes the dishes, melts ice into water, monitors the ice situation and conducts meteorological observations (during one day, Tiksi receives 16 weather reports). He will have to stay awake all night, allowing his co-workers to have a good sleep.
On the following day, we choose a site for a reserve runway. This is a must because one runway is always under permanent threat of an ice break.