Today the team reports beautiful weather and incredible scenery on the Shira Plateau. After a good night's rest (no rain!) the team had breakfast and started the day with a dance and song from the porters (the team is supported by a team of 25 porters!) Afterwards they had a leisurely hike to see the Shira Cathedral before ending at Shira Camp 2. With clear skies the summit dome presented itself in all its vigor. They are at 3,600 meters. The plan tomorrow is to move up to Lava Towers with almost 2000 meters of elevation gain! Rest up team that's a huge increase on today's total.
Listen to today's update from Philip and make sure to check back again tomorrow for another update from the team.
The team reported in today that successfully reached the Shira Plateau where they will spend the night. Their elevation is 3600 M (11,100 ft). The day started out with a beautiful sun rise before the rain returned. Despite being wet everyone is in good spirits and the dining tent is filled with good conversation and laughter.
PolarExplorers guide Rick Sweitzer is again back in the field. This time he is guiding North Pole and South Pole alum Alex Rittweger along with Alex's friends Korbinian Kiesl, Oliver Berger and Philip Schroeder on an ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
A Night at the North Pole with PolarExplorers
In April 2016 PolarExplorers will forge into it's 23rd season of offering North Pole Flights to intrepid travelers from around the world. With the North Pole at the epi-center of international policy and scientific studies spending a night at the North Pole has never been more exciting. We caught up with PolarExplorers guide Eric Lillstrom to ask him 9 questions about overnighting at 90 degrees North.
Do you have the ambition to take part in a Polar Expedition but are hesitant because you lack experience? We interviewed one of our most recent North Pole Last Degree team members, Danny Lubert, who was in this same position and asked him to reflect on his first expedition experience.
100 years ago today Ernest Shackleton was on the Endurance, beset in ice, slowly drifting to the north (opposite of where he wanted to go). Little did he know what an adventure lay ahead of him!