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Sunday, 21 April 2013 07:33

A few pictures from yesterday

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We just received these great pictures from the Last Degree Ski Expedition, taken yesterday during their celebration. Included is another wonderful aerial shot from Keith's kite. Enjoy!

It was a marathon day for the dogsledders who managed to get to within 2 miles of the North Pole before hitting what could have been a deal-breaker lead. They searched and searched for a way across and finally found one. They reached the North Pole around 5 PM local time (Norwegian time). 

Friday, 19 April 2013 14:59

So close!

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The teams continued to make good progress today and both ski teams are within striking distance of the North Pole, despite some close encounters with the Arctic Ocean. They had sunny, clear skies with very light wind.

Thursday, 18 April 2013 15:21

Great ice, great day.

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All three teams reported great conditions and weather today, with temperatures around -25 C and a light wind. The ice offered a welcome change for the dogsledders who have been struggling through lots of open water and rubble.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:53

What a difference a few miles can make...

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It's amazing the difference a few miles can make. Two of our teams reported great conditions with big flat pans of ice, while another team encountered a lot of open water that hindered northward progress. This is common in the pack ice near the North Pole, where one hour you can have wonderful ice and the next be in a maze of pressure ridges and open water leads. It keeps things exciting and no two days, or hours, are ever alike. The weather today was around -20 C with a light wind.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:38

Getting into the groove

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All teams reported good progress today as their systems become more refined. The learning curve can be steep in terms of camp set-up and breakdown, maximizing travel efficiency, maintaining good body temperature, etc. Typically, each day on the trail gets more efficient.

Monday, 15 April 2013 13:27

First "real" travel day for all teams

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We've heard from each of the teams today and their dispatches are posted below.

The Last Degree Ski Expedition team is at 89°11.431 N, 165°55.777 E. They traveled 10 miles north today- an excellent start for first tull day of travel. The reported winds around 15 mph and temperature around -30° C...

Saturday, 13 April 2013 00:00

Ready, set, wait...

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Today our ski and dogsled expeditions met at 8:30 AM and transferred to the airport only to have the flight called off due to low visibility at Barneo. Our experienced team of expeditions took the delay in stride, knowing that delays are often part of the expedition experience. Everyone enjoyed a relaxing day in Longyearbyen and they await the next chance to fly tomorrow at 10 am. We are keeping our fingers crossed that the weather allows for the flight!

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