Richard Weber leading another North Pole expedition (Adrian Hayes and Iain Morpeth) in 2007. This one is an image of us during a storm, says Richard, ...securing snow walls around the tent ... the strongest winds I have ever seen on the Arctic Ocean (click to enlarge)
Image of Richard and team in not so good weather in the Arctic in 2007. About their South Pole plans he says, The route is the standard Hercules Inlet to South Pole. The goal is to reach the Pole in less than 40 days. We will start late, end of November to get better weather (hopefully). Success will depend on some good weather (click to enlarge)
Richard on the frozen Arctic water in 2006. Antarctica is land, the North Pole is water. A trip to the South Pole is done in summer with lots of light. A trip to the North Pole is done in little and limited sunlight. It is completely different. I have skied on several arctic ice caps; penny Ice cap, Barnes Ice cap, Greenland Ice cap, Ice caps on Ellesmere. These will be more like the South Pole (click to enlarge)
A young Richard Weber in 1986 when he started his expeditions as part of the Will Stegers North Pole expedition. All above images courtesy of Richard Weber (click to enlarge)
When Richard is not on expedition he and his wife, Josée, operate Arctic Watch Lodge on Somerset Island in Nunavut. Richard and Josee also share their polar expertise, systems and gear in a North Pole or Arctic training course in Alcove, Quebec. Image courtesy of arcticwatch.ca (click to enlarge)
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(ThePoles.com) Richard Weber has been exploring the Arctic for more than 20 years. He has reached the North Pole six times from land with one return journey to Ward Hunt Island with Misha Malakhov. This 2008/9 Antarctic summer Richard is heading to Antarctica for the first time, leading two ultra-marathon runners, Ray Zahab and Kevin Vallely. ExWeb's Correne Coetzer caught up with Richard for an interview. ExWeb: In 1995 you and Misha Malakhov skied from Ward Hunt to the North Pole and back without support. What is the...