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"I really did not believe that someone walking on the ice could ever see any real effects of global warming. However, I can say that the ice this year and 20 years ago is not the same." In the image Richard Weber (click to enlarge).
"In 2006, the ice is thinner: 4 to 6 feet thick. From Ward Hunt to 89 degress 30, we crossed only 3 big pans. Before 86 degrees, there was no open space that took more than 10 minutes to cross. The pans were crumpled completely. The ice rubble was filled with drifts and loose snow." In the image Richard's mate Conrad progressing on rubble ice (click to enlarge)
Despite bad conditions, Richard and Conrad reached the North Pole from Ward Hunt Island earlier this spring, completely unsupported and wearing snowshoes instead of skies. All images sent live over Contact 4.0 during the expedition, courtesy of Conrad Dickinson / North Pole Classic (click to enlarge).

Richard Weber: This is not the Arctic I saw 20 years ago

Posted: Jun 19, 2006 02:25 pm EDT

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(ThePoles.com) Canadian Richard Weber is no stranger to the Arctic. For 20 years, he's been trekking across the frozen region - having accomplished his most remarkable feat in 1995 when he and Misha Malakhov did a roundtrip to the North Pole without resupplies. <cutoff><b>To the North Pole and back</b>In spring 2006, Weber planned another return trip this time with different teams. The first half, from Canada to the North Pole, was a complete success: He and Briton Conrad Dickinson managed the distance unsupported...

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