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Welcome to our Expedition Update page. Click on the blog title to access the full dispatch. To see dispatches from a specific expedition select it from the list on your right. To browse through all the latest updates from all current expeditions scroll down. Enjoy!

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO SUPER COMBINED TEAM (aka Team Cool Running/Team Polaris/Maniacs/Car Ramrod) made up of Qobin, Shahrom, Boiy, Dexter, Jim, Dean, Pia, Tamas, Mike & Joel led by super guides Annie, Eric, CP and Taylor!!!  They reached the Pole at 5:15 PM Norwegian time after an epic journey.  What an awesome birthday present to Qobin turning 35 today and to Mike's daughter Lauren turning 5 today!!  They displayed amazing determination and drive to not be thwarted by the massive open water, putting one ski in front of the other all night and all day till they reached their goal.  They are obviously exhausted but elated!

The helicopters will be picking all the teams up in about 1.5 hours and shuttling them back to Barneo.  They will then board the Antonov straight away and head back to Longyearbyen, anticipating arriving around midnight tonight.

Major kudos to all team members!! 

Listen to the audio updates below (transcriptions to be added shortly)

TEAM YELLOW JUST CALLED IN FROM THE NORTH POLE!!!!

A very hard won victory, making the prize that much sweeter.  The team of Niall, Patrick (Patch), Henry, Martin, Lindsay, Mark, Keith and Andrew is knackered but very, very happy!  They traveled for 7.5 hours, searching and searching for a way to get around this massive lead which was more like a lake.  They finally found a small pinch area and guides Keith Heger and Andrew Leary built an ice bridge.  They carefully assisted each team member cross to solid enough ice to finally head North to the Pole.  The accomplishment is especially appreciated by team member Niall Carton from the UK traveling with his 15 y.o. son Patrick. 

Super Combined Team just phoned in.  They are at N 89° 58.006, E 119° 23.  They have met up with Team Yellow, confronting the same large lead lying between the teams and the Pole.  Team Yellow has been seeking an end to this lead since their last check in.  They have been camped here for several hours and are now ready to hit the trail again, determined to find a way to the Pole if at all possible.  Super Combined Team (who have now dubbed themselves Cool Running/Maniacs/Car Ramrod- still having a sense of humor!) will rest for a while, then head out again.  All are still safe and focused on their mission.  We will keep you posted whenever further word comes in.  Knowing they have family, friends and followers all over the world in many different time zones, please continue to send out positive Polar energy to help them reach their goal!

 

Wednesday, 19 April 2017 19:40

North Pole Last Degree - Going for the Pole!

The teams just called in with an update, but it won't be the last one of the day...  All teams are on a mission to reach the North Pole!  There have been no further signs of bear- no tracks, no bears- great news!  Current positions are:  Team Yellow N 89° 57.30, East 111° 58   Super Combined Team N 89° 53.9, East 110° 58.  Team Yellow has been confronted by a large lead so they are heading East in hopes of finding a way around it and making the last 2.5 nautical miles to the Pole. 

The teams reported another great day of travel with bright blue skies, nice open pans of ice, some areas of rubble but very manageable, minimal wind, and cold temps (-25°).  Team Yellow led by Keith & Andrew is at N 89° 44, E 102°.  Super Combined Team (Cool Running and Polaris) is at N 89° 41.6, E 111°.  They did not run across any significant leads- a few cracks in the ice where they could look down at the water but they were only 4-6" wide. 

Last night around 3:30 AM Keith (Team Yellow) awoke to noises outside, only to find a 3-5 year old polar bear sniffing around.  With his firearm at the ready and guide Andrew with flare gun, they managed to scare the bear off to a lumbering retreat.  Though the team slept the balance of the night on pins and needles, they awoke this morning to great conditions, bright blue sky, temperature around -25° C, nice older pans of ice and no open water.  They made good time, resting now at N 89° 33.404, E 103° 46.119 having established polar bear watches through the night by guides Keith Heger and Andrew Leary.

Picture of the bear seen by Eric Lillstrom of Team Polaris- read about their experiences below.

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