Heads-up 4 American men’s Arctic Row

Posted: Jun 26, 2012 02:30 pm EDT

(Newsdesk) In July Paul Ridley, Scott Mortensen, Neal Mueller and Collin West will be challenging themselves by rowing the cold Arctic waters non-stop and unsupported from Inuvik, Canada to Providenya, Russia.

“We are landing in Provideniya, Russia as are the terms of customs,” said Scott Mortensen to ExplorersWeb. “However, we are getting a sailing papers approved and will try to touch down on the northeastern tip of Russia before navigating down the coast.”

Over the course of 30 days the team will row about 1,200 miles as they “explore some of the most pristine habitats on Earth”.

Their mission is to raise awareness for the Arctic by “inspiring human powered change in an Arctic region that desperately needs more public awareness and protection”. They will also collect some scientific data.

Below, Arctic Row intro video:

Biographies (read more on their website)

Paul Ridley
Lives in Chicago
Education: Colgate honors, Kellogg MBA Candidate
- Trans-Atlantic Ocean Rower –3,500 miles in 87 days
- Longest non-stop solo row in American History
- Named one of Men’s Fitness Magazine’s “25 Fittest Men in the World” in 2009.

Collin West
Lives in Chicago
Education: SMU honors, Kellogg MBA Candidate
- National Champion Adventure Racer
- Competitive CrossFit athlete

Neal Mueller
Lives in San Francisco
Education: Penn honors, Wharton MBA
- Climbed the 7 Summits (inc. Everest unguided)
- Swam the English Channel
- 3000+ press mentions in print, TV, and radio.

Scott Mortensen
Lives in Los Angeles
Education: UC San Diego honors, Pepperdine M.A.
- Summitted Mount Everest, cycled across United States, paddled from Oahu to Kaua’i.
- Global relief work & sustainable development; Thailand, Honduras & Haiti.
- Adventure Filmmaker & Professional Rescuer/EMT


North Pole to Svalbard ski & kayak: Timo Palo & Audun Tholfsen arrived at land

Ski & kayak traverse: Russia to Iceland via the Northwest Passage & Greenland

Two Pacific Ocean rescues: Atlantic solo rower Janice Jakait reflects

ExWeb interview with Scott Mortensen, final: "Freedom of expression is the precursor to freedom of existence."

This expedition (and other expeditions with RSS feeds) can be followed in the Dispatches stream at the Pythom app and at ExplorersWeb

ExplorersWeb Expedition List

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Arctic ice over 20 years.
courtesy www.arcticrow.com
Route about 1200 miles.
courtesy www.arcticrow.com
Loading the boat.
courtesy www.arcticrow.com
Neal Mueller, Scott Mortensen, Paul Ridley and Collin West.
courtesy www.arcticrow.com