Top Norwegian North Pole tips: "Keep things dry. Have fun out there!" Image: Kristoffer Glestad and Lars Mangerud Flesland practicing at Iqaluit.
courtesy Lars Mangerud Flesland, SOURCE
Their clothes: "Norrøna and Brynje for the most part. We are proud that these brands are Norwegian, they deliver such amazing clothes. We only bring one pair of (almost) everything, because the quality is so good.”
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Lars Flesland about their strategy: "Not to stress but do everything efficiently and to focus on pushing forward. 5 minutes extra each break becomes a lot after 40-50 days."
courtesy Lars Mangerud Flesland, SOURCE
"Keep things dry. Have fun out there!" Image: The Norwegian team bringing their sleds into the hanger for weighing (click to enlarge).
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Cape Discovery route to the Geographic North Pole.
courtesy Arctic Ice Drift Maps 2013 : Image from http://www.arctic.noaa.gov / Mike O Shea and Clare O Leary, SOURCE
Norwegian North Pole team talking to ExWeb from the high Canadian Arctic

Posted: Mar 07, 2014 03:34 pm EST

 

(By Correne Coetzer, updated Mar 08 02:32 am EST) Lars Mangerud Flesland (25) and Kristoffer Glestad (24) will be the youngest team to ski the North Pole if successful, and Kristoffer the youngest to do it unassisted (no resupplies). Currently Canadian Tessum Weber is the youngest to ski a full route to the North Pole. He did it assisted at age 20 with his father, Richard, and an international team. 

 

Both Lars and Kristoffer served in the Norwegian Army and are currently enrolled in a five year Master of Science program at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, where they are studying Mechanical Engineering. The two friends have the same dream and goal, to ski to the Geographic North Pole. 

 

ExplorersWeb caught up with the team three days ago while practicing and preparing in Iqaluit, Baffin Island. In the mean time they have flown to Resolute Bay and yesterday have weighed in their sleds at Kenn Borek Air, ready to get a flight to their start point at Cape Discovery as soon as the Twin Otter returns from dropping the first group and the weather permits flying.

 

ExWeb wants to know from them what attracts them to take on this challenge to the North Pole. Lars answers, "First of all the incredible beautiful and extreme environment. Also, a North Pole expedition has been a dream for the both of us since we were children.”

 

During their preparation the two men did it 'the Norwegian way’, ExWeb was told, that is, 'asking everybody for advice'.  We want to know from them which Norwegian Polar explorers they asked for advice and what were their top tips.

 

"So many, and they have all been really nice to us and helped us out a lot. Kjetil Holen. Lars Ebbesen. Petter Nyquist. Rune Midtgaard. Mads Agerup. John Huston (US). Rune Gjeldnes. Børge Ousland.” Update: The team added: "Sjur Mørdre has also helped us out a lot!"

 

And the top tips: "Keep things dry. Have fun out there!"

 

About their menu, Lars tells they will have Møllerens Outmeal Apple and Cinnamon for breakfast. "It's really good! Real Turmat Freeze dried food for dinner. For lunch we snack: nuts, chocolate, coconut fat, energy bars and some pepperoni sausage. We also add oil to our breakfast and dinner."

 

What brand clothes do they wear?

"Norrøna and Brynje for the most part. We are proud that these brands are Norwegian, they deliver such amazing clothes. We only bring one pair of (almost) everything, because the quality is so good.”

 

Pulks: Acapulka.

  

Skis and skins: Åsnes Amundsen. Short skins. 

 

Ski poles: Swix expedition

 

Boots: Alfa Mødre Pro.

 

Snow shoes: No snow shoes

 

Drysuite: Helly Hansen

 

Sleeping bags: Mammut Ajungilak Denali + Western Mountaineering thin outer bag + custom fleece bag (Kristoffer's mother made them).

 

The Arctic ice is unpredictable; what would their strategy be, ExWeb asks. "Not to stress,” says Lars, "but do everything efficiently and to focus on pushing forward. 5 minutes extra each break becomes a lot after 40-50 days." 

 

"Also, to take care of each other and to respect the extreme environment of Arctic Ocean   However, the only thing that is a certainty out there is that something unpredictable is going to happen. Well, just have to deal with things as we go along."

 

Anything else? "We would like to thank our main sponsors: Subaru, Powel and Multiconsult. Without the help from them, this dream would not be possible!"

 

 

A Geographic North Pole expedition covers the full distance between land and the Pole.

The Cape Discovery route (Canada) to the Geographic North Pole is 780 km in a straight line and without the negative drift. 

Ward Hunt Island (Canada) start point calculates at 775 km.

 

Geographic North Pole is at 90ºN

1996 position of the Magnetic North Pole: 

78° 35'42.00"N, 104° 11’54.00”W 

Resolute Bay: 74° 41.808N, 094° 49.402W

 

Follow the teams' blogs (those with RSS feeds) in the live News Stream at Explorersweb.

 

 

Previous/Related

 

Baptized by fire: ExWeb interview with NP skier Tessum Weber, 20

 

North Pole 2014: first skiers flying to their start point

 

Dmitry Shparo's Top 5 North Pole Tips

 

Irish North Pole team checking in at ExWeb from Resolute Bay

 

The cost of Arctic travel: Jerry Kobalenko talks to ExWeb

 

Yasunaga Ogita talking to ExWeb from the high Canadian Arctic

 

North Pole 2014 full route ski expedition list

 

ExWeb interview with Ryan Waters, "an unwritten and unexplainable mental edge”

 

ExWeb interview with Eric Larsen, "a mix of poetry and hell to the North Pole”

 

ExWeb interview with Bernice Notenboom, the Arctic and the world’s climate

 

AdventureStats

 

Ray Zahab and team Baffin Island run 2014

 

Vincent Cochin to sledge-haul 2300km Canada to Greenland

 

 

Teams starting from Cape Discovery, Ellesmere Island to the Geographic North Pole (90ºN)

 

Unassisted, Unsupported:

 

Yasu Ogita, Japan, solo

Website

Facebook

Blog

North Pole solo website

North Polo solo Facebook

Twitter

 

Team Eric Larsen and Ryan Waters:

 

Eric Larsen, USA

Website

Facebook

Twitter

YouTube

 

Ryan Waters, USA

Website

Facebook

Mountain Professionals

Mountain Professionals Facebook

 

Team Kristoffer Glestad (24), Norway and 

Lars Mangerud Flesland (25), Norway

Website

 

 

Assisted, Unsupported:

 

Irish team Clare O'Leary and Mike O’Shea

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Tracker

Mike O’Shea Twitter

Clare O’Leary Twitter

 

 

Starting from Geographic North Pole (90N) to Canada

Assisted, Unsupported

 

'Arctic March' team:

Eric Philips, Australia

Bernice Notenboom, The Netherlands / Canada

Martin Hartley, UK

Website

 

 

1996 Magnetic North Pole

Matt Stowers and Kev O’Brien

Website

Blog

Matt Stowers Twitter

Northern Exposure live tracker 

 

 

Canada to Greenland (Kugaaruk and Qaanaaq) 

Vincent Cochin

Blog (personal)

Blog (Nanook expedition)

Facebook

Twitter

 

 

Follow blog posts in the live News Stream on ExplorersWeb.

 

Weather links:

 

Canadian Ice Service

 

The Arctic Weather products link on the Canadian Ice Service IPY Legacy page

 

Two-day sea ice drifts for the whole Arctic Ocean on the Danish DMI website

 

ENVISAT ASAR images on the Polarview website

 

Canada Weather Office satellite image

 

NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory

 

University of Illinois cryosphere images

 

Wayne Davidson’s Extremely High Horizon Refraction

 

Wayne Davidson’s EH2R blog 

 

 

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