2017 North Pole Expeditions

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. 

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North Pole Last Degree - 10 miles North and no signs of bears

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. 

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North Pole Last Degree - Polar bear alert!!

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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North Pole 10 K & Last Degree - Reaching the Pole and making progress

The 10 K ski team reached the North Pole after traveling 16 km (fickle Polar ice being what it is...).  They arrived late Saturday evening and spent the night at the North Pole.  They encountered various conditions throughout the day but were ecstatic to reach the Pole.  They were picked up by helicopter Sunday and flew back to Barneo, then on to Longyearbyen.

The 3 ski last degree ski teams (Team Cool Running led by CP and Taylor, Team Polaris led by Annie and Eric, and Team Yellow led by Keith and Andrew) all made good progress, all camping at N 89° 23, E 108, 107 and 105.67 respectively.  Conditions were good today with some pressure ridges, rubble fields, mix of sun and overcast, minimal wind, -18° C temps but no open water.

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North Pole Last Degree - Making good progress

All of the last degree teams made great progress today, especially considering their late night arrival in camp and their first full day on the ice.  They reported good ice conditions with some small leads, a few pressure ridges but also some nice big pans of ice where they were able to make some distance.   And a very happy birthday to Lucy Carton!  Your brother and dad are thinking of you.

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