Eric Philips on May 11: "We have entered the dramatic zone that the Canadian Arctic Service calls “trouble”. Did only 2 km today through wicked yet spectacular ice fields and frozen leads that will last 10 km. The sky cleared, wind stopped and the sun poked through.We climbed on top of an iceberg and saw for the first time the incredible anarchy of ice blocks all around us. The horizon is filled with blue ice and black reflections of leads."
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Fifty Shades of White. Martin Hartley on May 11: "Bernice hauls herself & her sledge out of yet another invisible hole in yet another day of whiteout."
courtesy Martin Hartley, SOURCE
Eric Philips May 10: [...] blizzarding, poor visibility, pressure ice, soft leads. 6km today. With this run of bad luck since resupply I am beginning to ponder the future of this expedition. Pic negotiating a lead full of barely-frozen rubble. These are often treacherous as each weighted block is a time bomb waiting to dislodge and disappear into the drink, followed by a boot and perhaps the hapless soul attached to it."
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Eric Philips, Bernice Notenboom and Martin Hartley's position May 11.
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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
The North Pole is over: all teams to be evacuated

Posted: May 12, 2014 08:04 am EDT

 

(By Correne Coetzer) Eric Philips, Bernice Notenboom and Martin Hartley will also be evacuated from the ice, together with solo skier Bengt Rotmo. Two days ago Kenn Borek Air announced that the season’s flights over the Arctic Ocean will be stopped on May 12 due to the unstable condition of the ice.

 

According to news received by ExWeb, the Kenn Borek plane has left Resolute Bay for Eureka, where it refuels before the flight across the ice starts. The Twin Otter will depart from Eureka as soon as the weather permits.

 

The Philips trio started skiing the 780 km from the Geographic North Pole (90ºN) to Canada on April 4. On April 28, when receiving a resupply, they were relocated to the west due to extreme eastward drift and also forwarded to the south with the Kenn Borek Air plane.  

 

Bernice reported in a blog post today they are currently 194 km from the coast of Canada and have been given a May 12 deadline for an ice pick up. "We have tried to get an extension but the answer is no."

 

Currently the team entered the area which Trudy Wohlleben at Canadian Ice Service calls “the trouble zone”. Bernice describes their terrain and weather, “We are currently dealing with challenging conditions, many leads of open water, problematic pressure ridges and add to that a cocktail of zero visibility, accumulative snow, easterly drift again and strong winds as a series of storms have been nailing us during the last 11 days."

 

She adds, "The road ahead is too unpredictable to risk without a safety net of a pick up in case of an emergency, an uncrossable lead or pressure ridge. Through the Canadian Ice Service we have been given updates and know that some more difficult terrain is ahead of us as the ice collides and stacks up vertically against the coast. The storms and relentless southwest winds has mobilized the ice and it is breaking up. You can tally the distances from our last 10 days, and you will see we can’t stick to progress despite committing to long and hard days in adverse weather and ice conditions. We have given it our best effort."

 

 

Previous:

 

North Pole update: Bengt Rotmo to be picked up

 

North Pole 2014: Bengt Rotmo to ski solo North Pole to Canada

 

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

 

 

AdventureStats successful expeditions:

 

Land to Geographic North Pole 

2014: 1x unassisted ski team from Canada

2013: 1x car team from Russia (did a crossing)

2010: 1x unassisted ski team from Canada

         3x assisted ski teams from CA

2009: 1x unassisted ski team from CA

         1x assisted ski team from CA

2008: 1x assisted ski team from Russia (winter exped)

2007: 1x assisted ski team from CA

 

Geographic North Pole to Land

2013: 1x assisted dog team to CA

2012: 1x unassisted ski and kayak team to Svalbard

2011: 2x assisted ski teams to CA

2009: 1x unassisted ski team to Greenland

2007: 1x unassisted ski and kayak team to Franz 

         Josef Land

         1x assisted ski team to Greenland

 

assisted = resupplied

 

 

A note on the North Pole daily ski distances: They are calculated in a straight line from where the skiers start in the mornings and end in the evenings. What is not added, are all the detours around high ridges, ice blocks, rubble or leads (open water). Also not added are the negative drift and relaying sleds.

 

A North Pole expedition covers the full dist”nce between land and the Pole (90ºN).

The Cape Discovery route (Canada) to the Geographic North Pole is 780 km. 

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

A Degree of Latitude is 60 nm / 110 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

 

 

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

 

Unassisted, Unsupported:

Team Eric Larsen and Ryan Waters

Last North Expedition:

Start March 15 at 83.043627N, 077.374263W

End My 6 at 90N

 

Ryan Waters, USA

Website

Facebook

Mountain Professionals

Mountain Professionals Facebook

 

Eric Larsen, USA

Website

Facebook

Twitter

YouTube

Tracker

 

 

Starting from Geographic North Pole (90ºN) to Canada

Unassisted, Unsupported

Bengt Rotmo

(started April 21)

Website

Twitter

 

 

Starting from Geographic North Pole (90ºN) to Canada

Assisted, Unsupported

(Start April 4)

Eric Philips, Australia

Bernice Notenboom, The Netherlands / Canada

Martin Hartley, UK

Website

Bernice Notenboom Twitter

Icetrek Expeditions Facebook

Expedition Twitter

Icetrek Twitter

 

Greenland

 

Kite ski circumnavigation:

 

Eric McNair-Landry (CA) and Dix”e Dansercoer (BE)

Blog Greenland ICE Expedition

Tracker

Facebook (Polar Circles) 

Twitter (Polar Circles)

Facebook (Pittarak Expeditions)

 

Michael Chavarin (FR) and Cornelius Strohm (DE)

Website

 

Yuri Klaver (USA to Greenland via CA)

Website 1

Website 2

Facebook

Spot Location

Twitter

 

 

Follow blog posts (with RSS feeds) in the live News Stream on ExplorersWeb.

 

 

Previous/Related

 

 

Sean Chapple's insights: Laying the Foundations for Success

 

North Pole: Irish team injured and evacuated - update: Norwegians also off

 

North Pole Norwegians and Americans flying to Cape Discovery - updated landed and skiing

 

NASA: Warm Rivers Play Role in Arctic Sea Ice Melt

 

Norwegian North Pole team talking to ExWeb from the high Canadian Arctic

 

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

 

 

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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