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In this era of climate change it seems that the North Pole traveler can expect:Thinner ice, big areas of rubble ice, less open pans, soft snow, more severe weather, ie. sometimes warmer temperatures, higher winds (more drift), whiteout, more open water earlier in the season, and bad weather in April," Richard said (click to enlarge).
My companions were good company. They suffered through the cold with no serious injury. They kept putting one foot in front of the other during the blizzards. They took the time to enjoy the surroundings whenever the Arctic blessed us with a few hours of sun and no wind. In the image Iain, Richard and Adrian. All images courtesy of Adrian Hayes (click to enlarge).

Richard Webers debrief: Thoughts on North Pole treks in the age of global warming

Posted: May 22, 2007 03:11 pm EDT

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(ThePoles.com) I am home now in the warmth and security that most of us take for granted, wrote Canadian polar guide Richard Weber. I think about my latest North Pole trek; Ward Hunt Island to the North Pole with one re-supply. After five North Pole expeditions from Canada, Richard should not be too surprised by whatever the Arctic Ocean may throw at him. But still, he declares again being surprised at the conditions encountered. Global warming may have something to do with this.Richards report: NP is tough even with one...

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