Geographic North Pole to Canada ski wrap-up: Nilson and Kippenes on land

Posted: May 24, 2011 01:08 pm EDT

(By Correne Coetzer) We made it! After 48 days, 500 hours on the ice, 250 painkillers, frostbite, snow blindness, bad backs, blisters and snowstorms, we are finally at our destination, reports Johan Ernst Nilson yesterday about his and Harald Kippenes ski expedition from the Geographic North Pole to Canada.

The team was originally heading to Greenland, but bad ice forced them to change route to Canada.
So was the ice the past few days as well. Johan wrote on his website, Today we noticed that the ice and environment is changing dramatically. We have big ice obstacles to climb and walk around.

We have to be very careful not to make any mistakes or injure ourselves because we are getting more and more tired.

Their last days were long. They worked hard and focused on getting towards land and to be safe.

When Johan and Harald saw land, they reported, There is still one very heavy day of fighting with the ice. Some of the passages we have to pass are just crazy.

Nilson will now get on his bicycle and cycle down the Americas, and eventually heading to the Geographic South Pole again with Kippenes.
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Nilson during the last days: We have to be very careful not to make any mistakes or injure ourselves because we are getting more and more tired. Screenshot of the teams ContactA route map.
courtesy Johan Nilson (live over Contact5), SOURCE
Big ice obstacles.
courtesy Johan Nilson (live over Contact5), SOURCE
Land in sight - mountains on the horizon. There is still one very heavy day of fighting with the ice."
courtesy Johan Nilson (live over Contact5), SOURCE
250 pain killers, bad backs
courtesy Johan Nilson (live over Contact5), SOURCE