Mike at an ice gate before setting off hauling a 65 kg sled on Lake Baikal. Image by Clare O Leary courtesy The Ice Project, SOURCE
Clare weighing gear before packing the sleds. Image by Mike O Shea courtesy The Ice Project, SOURCE
"The journey from Moscow to Irkutsk [ski start point] is 5180km and takes 75 hours. The scenery is very pretty – snow covered plains, mountains, villages with timber houses and cities with ugly multistory blocks. The weather has been great – clear, dry and cold." courtesy The Ice Project, SOURCE
Lake Baikal compared to Ireland. courtesy The Ice Project, SOURCE
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(Newsdesk) Mid-January the Irish polar ski team, Mike and Clare, announced that they are deferring their planned 2013 full route North Pole expedition, from Canada to 90°N, because of the last year's record minimum sea ice and because of the shorter North Pole ski season. They also announced that their new aim is to walk across all the major Ice Caps in the World, one of them, Lake Baikal. Three days ago Mike and Clare have set off and reported today (Day 3) to have covered 26 km while facing into 50 km/h headwinds all...