(Newsdesk) In an interview with ExplorersWeb, street-kid-turned-adventurer Jelle Veyt said, "it's worth it to push through with things, even if you fail."
Last year December, Brit Alex Hibbert set off from Qaanaaq in Greenland to on the first phase of his dream expedition, a Winter North Pole sledge-haul. Due to an emerging medical problem on the part of his team mate, they had to abort right after the start. Alex writes in his blog, "the disappointment of a setback to an expedition, and especially one where a retreat enforces a delay of a whole year, is a bitter pill."
Despite the setback, Alex is "pushing through with things" and will be back in December for another attempt. This time with three team mates, James Weldon, 23 from the UK, an outdoor instructor who worked on an expedition across Lake Baikal, Anastasia Kim, 24 who grew up in Siberia, studied Art and Design in England, did a Last Degree North Pole and crossed Greenland from Isortoq to Point 660, and 24-year-old Anders Rasmussen from Denmark, who has a physical training background. Alex is 27 and has extensive experience on Greenland.
A Greenland dog, named Dave, will accompany them as their watchdog against Polar bears.
Alex's plan has changed somewhat from last year. Last month Alex has worked with a small team to lay gear depots by boat up the Nares Strait on the Northwest rocky shoreline of Greenland (last year all this gear was to be sledge-hauled.)
In December 2013 the main Phase Two journey will take place by hauling sledges north onto the sea ice out of Qaanaaq and the Thule region. The team plans to use the depots to reach the northern extent of the Nares Strait, where it meets the Lincoln Sea and Arctic Ocean, in February 2014. There they will lay a final depot on land, before heading across the Arctic Ice to the Geographic North Pole (90°N).
Their goal is to reach the North Pole in winter before the equinox on March 21. A decision will then be made based on the ice conditions to the south, to return to the entrance of the Nares Strait, to their depot. From there they plan to ski back to Qaanaaq, either on the sea ice or on the icecap.
In 2006 the Norwegian and South African duo, Børge Ousland and Mike Horn, attempted the North Pole in Winter, unassisted, unsupported; starting January 22 and arrived at the North Pole March 23; after 61 days on the ice and only two days after sunrise/equinox. They did it unassisted, unsupported by pulling all their food, fuel and gear with them from the start at Cape Arktichesky, the northern point of the Zevernaya Zemlya Archipelago, Russia. Distance, 980 km in a straight line.
The Russians, Matvey Shparo and Boris Smolin, started their Winter expedition on December 22, 2007, the day of winter solstice, from the Arktichesky Cape. They reached the GNP on March 14, 2008, after 84 days of traveling and one week before sunrise, the beginning of the Polar Day. They received one resupply by air.
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