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The past few years (2009 to 2011) Hadow was involved in the Catlin Arctic Survey science projects as Project Director.
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Pen Hadow abandons North Pole crossing and retires

Posted: Feb 11, 2013 08:58 pm EST
(Newsdesk) Not only did the Pope announced his retirement; according to Newsweek and The Daily Beast veteran UK polar explorer, Pen Hadow, announced his retirement together with abandoning his 2013 North Pole expedition plans.

Last year Hadow announced his plan to attempt a solo ski crossing of the Arctic Ocean from Russia via the Geographic North Pole (90°N) to Canada during the 2013 Arctic ski season. According to the Newsweek article his age, 50, is not the reason for his retirement, “Endurance-event athletes tend to be older. Even more so in the polar environment, where skills can only be acquired by experience. The only issue with age is recovery time,” he says.

“The economic climate forced it on me.”

The News source explains, "It turns out that he had been planning, as a swan song, the first unsupported solo crossing of the north polar ice cap: a thousand-mile, three-month ski hike from Russia to Canada via the North Pole. Core costs exceeded $1.3 million."

The past few years (2009 to 2011) Hadow was involved in the Catlin Arctic Survey science projects as Project Director. With the 2013 ski crossing he wanted to combine adventure with science by making up to 50,000 observations of sea ice for analysis by scientists.

After his North Pole Expedition nine years ago, Pen Hadow (born in 1962) guided fellow Brit Simon Murray (born 1940) from Hercules Inlet to the South Pole in the 2004-05 Antarctic season.

In 1994 Norwegian Børge Ousland became the first person to ski solo, no resupplies and no kites, to the North Pole. He started from Cape Arktichesky on the Russian side. In 2001 Ousland crossed the Arctic Ocean from Cape Arktichesky to Cape Discovery, Canada via the NP using kites. He intended to complete the journey with no resupplies, but his sled broke early in the expedition and he had to be supplied with a new one.

In 2000, Rune Gjeldnes and Torry Larsen departed Severnaya Zemlya base in Russia, in full Arctic winter night, to cross the Arctic Ocean via the North Pole. When they finally reached Cape Discovery in Canada, with no resupplies and no kites, the guys had lost their sleds, gear and everything else, and were finally picked up wearing only a backpack. The doctor of a small research station that examined them on arrival said that Rune and Torry were only 48 hours from death. They had been out for 109 days.


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