Team members: Ian Evans, Andy Styles, Bradley Cross and PolarExplorers guide Keith Heger.
This blog will follow our 2014 Full South Pole Ski Expedition, skiing from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole using the "Messner Route." Check back regularly for updates from the team!
Our North Pole 2 Degree Dogsled Expedition is getting ready to depart! Duncan, Dan, Nick, Ben, CP and Maher are excited and ready to rock and roll. They will be kicking off this expedition blog on April 2. Check back soon to join in the fun! Meet the team here.
Our 2015 North Pole Flight is rapidly approaching! Bags are being packed, tickets double-checked and everyone is getting verrry excited for the upcoming adventure.
This blog officially kicks off on April 12. Check back again then to be a part of the adventure!
Welcome to the 2015 North Pole Last Degree Ski Expedition blog. Everyone is busy with last minute preparations for the upcoming expedition. There is a lot of great energy going around, and we can't wait to direct it into skiing to the North Pole! Meet the team here.
This blog will officially kick off on April 12. Check back again then to join in the adventure!
Welcome to the 2015 North Pole Half Degree Dogsled Expedition blog! We are delighted to have you following the team. This expedition blog officially kicks off on April 12. Check back again then for our first post!
Congratulations to the team for a successful crossing of the Vatnajokull Glacier!
Annie reports that the team skied 8 miles today with weather that included the range from warmer in the morning turning colder as the cloud cover settled onto the Glacier. They have descended now to within sight of the famous Jokulsarlon Lagoon.
Nancy reports from the glacier that the team skied into the weather. Starting with clear blue skies this morning the team travelled into the "snow globe". The system approached from the south. By days end the team reports complete white out with warmer temperatures at or near freezing, sleet and wind of 30 km.
The team is back on the move. WIth a huge day of 17.5 miles skied from the luxury of the Hut. They were on the move for just under 10 hour and encountered various weather. Cold and clear to start then warmer with strong winds up to 30 km per hour. Make sure to have a listen to the audio update the connection proved to be a challenge but all report healthy an happy to be back on the move.
Peter reports from the Grismvotn Crater Hut today. Make sure to have a listen. The weather was spotty and great views eluded the team. However the day was spent relaxing, enjoying some of the various treats such as music and games.
John reports via audio update that the team is comfortably positioned at the Grimsvotn Hut on the rim of the caldera. The huts sit atop a geothermally active area (as recent as 2011) which provide the hut with a natural heat source. After the last few days of travel, the hut and included sauna provide a welcome relief to achy muscles.
The team reported great progress. They skied 13 miles. Under nice weather, partly cloudy right around freezing or slightly below. They only had to put on mitts occasionally to warm their fingers. Wind is always a concern on the open expanse of the glacier but the team managed the 8-10 m/s.
John Reamer (make sure to listen to his audio update below) reports that the team travelled 7 hours by all terrain vehicle through several challenging river crossings requiring the support of the "Super Jeep" to winch the other vehicle to safety. These are known and planned for obstacles which once managed saw the team at the start of the short 4.5 mile ski day.
Annie reports this afternoon that the team is all gear checked, sleds are packed and have been loaded on the Icelandic all terrain vehicles for the early morning drop off. Tune into the Kickoff call (below) and post dinner photo of the team as they check-in before their early AM departure. The plan is a 6 to 9 hour off road drive to the toe of the glacier. The travel is the first challenge with several river crossings as formidable challenges for team and trucks. Stay tuned for more tomorrow.
We are very excited to be gathering on May 17 in Reykjavik, Iceland for the start of this expedition. We have a wonderful team of skiers who are all making final preparations for the upcoming adventure. This blog will officially kick off on May 17 with daily updates and audio dispatches from the glacier.
We look forward to having you join us for this incredible expedition.
What a wonderful expedition it was! The last couple of days were busy and exciting. After the Air Berlin fly by and pick up from the Pole the team spent the night near the Barneo runway in their own tents. The next morning (April 24) they walked over the the Barneo Ice Camp where they met some Russian military personnel who were very welcoming.
While waiting for extraction, the team spent all day today enjoying their time at the Geographic North Pole. There are still several other teams en route to the pole that will be getting air-lifted out together. The guys took advantage of the extra time by having a second photo shoot (photos coming soon) and relaxing in their tents.
Great news! The team reached the North Pole today at 4:30 PM local time. Way to go team!!
They awoke to an overcast sky but the wind had died down from yesterday to around 5-10 kts. The temperature had also warmed to around 0 F. There was a light snow falling as they skied.
Again they passed through zones of pressure separated by a few decent sized pans. Traveling on pan ice is a wonderful break from the zig zagging of navigating pressure ridges. It allows you to travel must faster and it's a nice break for the mind as well.
The last two nautical miles to the pole were increasingly pressurized. They were doing lots of skiing to the east or west without much northwards progress. They reached one large pressure ridge and Keith paused to ask the team which way they thought would be best. Andrew immediately answered, "to the right of course!" (Andrew is an active member of the New Zealand National Party).
Finally they were in the home stretch and James led the final distance to the Geographic North Pole.
They celebrated their significant achievement before setting up camp where the party is continuing on. They are making calls home and drinking the Aurora Borealis cocktails (that's 1/2 champagne, 1/2 vodka and a handful of snow from the Geographic North Pole).
Everyone is doing great and all are having a good time.
Here's a shot of them celebrating with their Aurora Borealis cocktails
We are awaiting their audio update so check back again soon!
Congratulations to our entire team! Andrew, James, Mike and Keith, you all did a superb job and we are thrilled that you are now celebrating at the top of the world. Enjoy it!
Current Position N 89°49'41" E 135°27'10"
That puts our team at just over 10 nautical miles away from the North Pole!