A second blizzard approaching, with renewed fractures and ice drifts. An Italian plans to spend 12 months on an iceberg.
Yasu abandoned his kayak. Skiers traveling: from walking 100 meters in 1 hour to drifting/sitting 1 km in 1 hour.
Rough ice, sticky snow, negative drift for the Land-to-Pole skiers. Smooth ice, gliding snow, positive drift for the Pole-to-Land skiers.
The German and the Frenchman plan to start the 5000+ km route from Narsaq
Norwegian polar guide, Bengt Rotmo will first guide two Last Degree ski teams, before heading south
Too thin ice for the Americans. Yasu Ogita in 84N. Barneo runway under construction. Two Greenland kite-ski circumnavigation attempts.
The Russian crew found a suitable ice floe at N89º 39'. Ogita grounded and American drifted east.
The two special designed cars, with three trailers each, are heading west to Russia in 69ºN
Polar bears 15 feet away, and a negative drift
Lars Flesland and Kristoffer Glestad shocked in the tent
A large block of ice moved as they were lowering a sled causing injuries to both Clare O’Leary and Mike O’Shea. Lars Flesland and Kristoffer Glestad also evacuated
Lars Flesland, Kristoffer Glestad, Ryan Waters and Eric Larsen are about to start. First group out of rubble field.
While Yasu Ogita, Clare O’Leary and Mike O’Shea are battling through rubble, the Americans and Norwegians are still battling through the waiting game
"I found new reserves, new limits to pain tolerance and endurance I never believed I had"
Solo Yasu Ogita and team Clare O'Leary and Mike O’Shea are on rough ice. Matt Stowers and Kev O’Brien, quitted due to comms problems.
Top Norwegian North Pole tips according to Lars Mangerud Flesland (25) and Kristoffer Glestad (24): "Keep things dry. Have fun out there!"
Irish team, Clare O’Leary and Mike O’Shea, and solo Japanese, Yasu Ogita, off to their start point at the end of land
"The North Pole is not only heavenly beautiful, but it is also inherently mortally dangerous."
"At this point we are chomping at the bit, we are excited to be honest," Mike O’Shea and Clare O’Leary say
Snow/blizzard conditions for Resolute Bay
"If adventurers can only do one or two High Arctic trips a lifetime because of cost, no one will ever become educated"
Kenn Borek Air changed rescue insurance money arrangement
Efficiency is very important in polar exploration
Burton to future cyclists: "biking in Antarctica will be harder than you can possibly imagine"
Ray will be joined by Ryan Grant, Stefano Gregoretti and Ferg Hawke for a 48 hour crossing of Akshayuk Pass and beyond
The solo Japanese Arctic explorer's last preparations and acclimatization before his North Pole solo
”Both Eric [Larsen] and Cecilie [Skog] have told me that in some ways the Arctic Ocean goes faster because the days are filled with these problem solving moments"
"There were unexpected challenges that we had to figure out along the way”
Bernice Notenboom, Eric Philips and Marten Hartley will be attempting a Geographic North Pole to Canada ski
"I had two top-hated weather conditions: strong wind + drifting snow, and white-out + sastrugi"
"There are no maps that mark routes of safe passage… we are discovering the place as it exists today"
The season starts March 5 from Canada, and Barneo closes April 22 (weather permitting)
The duo started from Terra Nova Hut, turned around at the South Pole and ended at Ross Island (106 days)
Now to the fun part.
"If it was easy it wouldn’t have attracted hard core people"
The skinny on heavy usage.
A new generation in sat comms.
Ben Saunders and Tarka L’Herpiniere pass Scott, Bowers and Wilson's last 1912 camp and One Ton Depot
Antony: "There was no sunrise and no sunset. No start and no end."
The two polar explorers plan to complete the circumnavigation in 80 days
Hayes also speaks of the largely unheralded achievements of Thesiger and his companions’ journeys in the 1940s at the RGS on January 30
Vesa has been sledge-hauling, solo, unassisted, unsupported since December 1
The American pedalled and pushed his bicycle for 51 days on the 1130 km route, with resupplies.
Lewis and ANI guide, Carl Alvey, covered 1130km in 48 days, assisted and unsupported
Arrival at the South Pole in -50 wind-chill, after 48 days unassisted and unsupported
The last week Juan traveled 15 hours per day and slept 4-5 hours, eating only leftover nuts, cocoa powder and sunflower oil
Samina Baig and Mirza Ali has summited Mount Vinson 4,892 m Antarctica.
Juan Menendez Granados is weak and very tired, spending the last few days pushing hard, with hardly any food to eat
Juan Menendez Granados is running seriously low on food with about a 100 km to go. Norwegians in the air in DML.
Devon McDiarmid, Joshua Hodgkinson & Wen Yuan are due to arrive at 90ºS on Jan. 12 [team members and position updated]. White-out conditions in sastrugi fields.
An 80-day attempt, alone between Inuit villages, in polar bear country and across unstable ice
Geoff Wilson and Richard Parks reached their destinations on January 4th. Sea rescue video shows ice conditions.
Geoff Wilson is nearing the end of his traverse. Ben and Tarka asked for a resupply on their return journey
A combined Chinese and Australian rescue operation at the Russian ship
Preparation of the helipad for the Australasian Antarctic Eexpedition 2013-14 evacuation
Two icebeakers to the rescue, blocked by ice
South Pole arrivals and "Look, I'm the world's longest apple," said the banana.
The stories we remember most from 2013.
The cyclists following each other’s progress closely
Bad ice conditions in the Nares Strait, they report - updated