Ousland and Horn Start Sledding

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Ousland and Horn set off on foot. Photo: Mike Horn/Borge Ousland

After 24 days, Mike Horn and Borge Ousland have jumped ship and begun sledding toward the North Pole. The veteran polar duo set off in Horn’s boat, Pangaea, from Nome Alaska on September 2, but were slowed down by repair stops along the coast.

After crossing the Bering Strait, the Pangaea headed due north. By September 6, they reached the first ice, and continued onward through the Chukchi and East Siberian Sea before reaching the Arctic Ocean and their drop off point of 85 degrees north.

After hitting ice deemed solid enough for sled travel, Horn and Ousland started skiing on September 24, with Horn remarkably noting: “Pangaea is now the sailboat that has ventured the closest to the North Pole without the support of an icebreaker.”

The hard work now beings for Ousland and Horn. They have around 550km to the Pole, and a further 800km to reach their pick-up on the far side of the Arctic Ocean. In the meantime the Pangaea‘s crew of 10 will make a U-turn and sail along the Russian coast and North East Passage to wait for the pair just north of Svalbard.

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Ash Routen

Ash Routen

Ash is a postdoctoral scientist, globally published outdoor writer and arctic traveller. Ash's next expedition is a 700km trek along the coast of Baffin Island in 2020.

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Sam van Haaster
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Can someone sketch their route (boat and sledge) on a map?

Christian de Marliave
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Christian de Marliave

Their road seems impossible to track because Mike Horn do not communicate his position. On his blog he said that on October 15, they saw the last bit of sun above the horizon. A quick research will tell you that the sun disappeared below the horizon at 82°15’N on October 15, but on October 9, he says that he passed 87°N, so they must be around 88°N 6 days later. He is lying on his blog. Why, I have no clue.