"It took the guys 26 hours during the final push to get there," said Ice Warrior Jim McNeill whose Team 2 made it to the Geomagnetic NP Wednesday night. They spent 23 of those hours on the move." Live image over Contact 4.0 courtesy of Ice Warrior Squad website (click to enlarge).
Having now been on the go for some 27 hours we are all feeling quite tired and ready for our sleep schedule. Due to our food and fuel restrictions, weve nothing to eat or drink until we wake up at 0300Z (2300 local). With only 20 miles left to the Pole (as of yesterday), the team says their current timeline shows them arriving at today (April 29). Live image over Contact 4.0 courtesy of Polar Quest team (click to enlarge) .
Almost there - but not quite. No sooner had we begun our final sprint to the Pole, than Mother Nature again decided to test us, reported the Finns. The snow-white moving walkway beneath our feet is speeding South at a rate of 700 m per hour. In other words, on every one-hour leg we must ski an extra 0.7 km. Image courtesy of Airborne Rangerss Club of Finland (click to enlarge).
Arctic Wrap-up: Landry's team reaches the Pole, Mother Nature tests remaining teams

Posted: Apr 28, 2006 08:25 pm EDT
(ThePoles.com) It was another day of milestones in the Arctic as Paul Landrys Top of the World team reached the North Pole yesterday (April 27) at 4:30 local time after 57 days on the ice. Although only a halfway point for Landrys team who intend on a complete crossing, the team celebrated under clear skies before pushing on for the remaining 800 km to Canada.

Meanwhile, back in base camp, Team 2 from the Ice Warrior pack celebrated their own arrival at the Geomagnetic NP which they reached Wednesday night (April 26).

Finally for the remaining teams who have yet to taste victory, the Arctic can surprise you just when they thought they had made it Mother Nature tests their will.

Unsupported teams from Canada

Airborne Rangers: Mother Nature testing us

No sooner had we begun our final sprint to the Pole, than Mother Nature again decided to test us, reported the Finns. The snow-white moving walkway beneath our feet is speeding South at a rate of 700 m per hour. In other words, on every one-hour leg we must ski an extra 0.7 km.

A 10 m/s bitter-cold wind blew straight into our faces. Severe ice pack rubble is everywhere around us.

At the moment we are taking a four hour rest break, after which we shall march non-stop to the Pole.

Magnetic and Geomagnetic NP teams

Ice Warrior Squads: More info on Team2

According to Ice Warrior Jim McNeill whose Team 2 made it to the Geomagnetic NP Wednesday night, (see previous Arctic Wrap-up), it apparently took the guys 26 hours during the final push to get there. They spent 23 of those hours on the move, he said.

All are completely shattered but euphoric. They are now back in the base camp at the head of the valley with Team 1.

According to the explorers, the weather was superb throughout their journey, although a little too warm at times.

Following the trail of Team 1 from Flagler Bay they noticed polar bear footprints tracking team 1 all the way, and in turn Arctic fox footprints followed the bear, he added.

All in all a great trip.

Polar Quest: 20 Miles to the Pole

We have just completed our second leg - 9 miles in 9 hours, reported the team last night.

The weather is unchanged and we once again hit difficult sea ice, poor visibility and encountered heavy snow. We are now changing lead man every 20 minutes as the going is so difficult and have found this regime to work really well. The temperature has been a modest - 18 C which is good news.

The team also reports how amazed they have been at the changing ice conditions during their journey. The most difficult conditions theyve encountered so far are where they are now - large and closely packed deep piles of snow and low visibility according to the expeditions website.

Having now been on the go for some 27 hours we are all feeling quite tired and ready for our sleep schedule. Due to our food and fuel restrictions, weve nothing to eat or drink until we wake up at 0300Z (2300 local).

With only 20 miles left to the Pole (as of yesterday), the team says their current timeline shows them arriving at today (April 29 - pm Z). Captain GM Fenton of Royal Marines says hell be looking to extract the team from Isachsen on April 30, depending on aircraft availability from Ken Borek Air.

NP and crossing teams from Russia

Top of the World: On top of the World

We've finally made it to the North Pole, David de Rothschild told the teams home manager via sat phone yesterday (April 27). Its been 57 days of pushing and we made it this afternoon, 4.30 our time which was around 11.30 am your time Thursday the 27th.

Its been a trip that has gone up and down emotionally and physically. Its been exciting and to be here now is a real milestone in this expedition.

But the North Pole is only the half way point for the Top of the World team since they intend on a complete crossing.

It makes me think how far we've come but also makes me realize how far we've still got to go! Its roughly around 800km left to reach Canada. We've already started moving towards Canada with the drift which is nice on our side. The weather was beautiful today as we arrived at the pole but its now closed in to give us our usual white-out conditions which should make for interesting travel tomorrow.


North Pole Classic 2006 website

Michele Pontrandolfos website (Italian)

Airborne Ranger Club of Finland NP expedition (English / Finnish)

Polar Quest expeditions website

Arios Alone Across Alaska (Italian / English)

One World NP summer crossing website

Top of the Worlds expedition website

Landrys website

Canadian Arctic Holidays

Bettina Aller & JG Leynaud website (Danish / English)

Northwest Passage Polar Expeditions (dog-sledding NP teams)

Cecilie Skogs blog on Dagbladet (Norwegian)

Thailand team's website (Thai)

Craig M. Polar Academy's dispatches



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