Ousland and Horn Approach Ice Edge

Arctic Poles
Mike Horn and Borge Ousland

Borge Ousland and Mike Horn notched 29km yesterday — impressive even during long spring days, let alone during the Dark Season.

Meanwhile, the former research ship Lance battles to find a route through the frozen Arctic Ocean to them. It entered the pack ice north of Svalbard on Sunday and steamed north until the lead they were following veered west. “They turned around and got stuck on the way out” says Lars Ebbesen. “It took two and a half hours to get loose. They will enter a new lead as soon as they are in open water.”

According to Ousland, it was a good day, although they came across fresh polar bear tracks, the first since hitting the North Pole last month.

At the moment it looks like there are leads going from the ice edge and well inside the 82nd degree,” the Norwegian said. “We are pushing hard to get south, and at the moment, everything is according to plan.”

Ousland’s previous post showed again the taxing conditions both men are under:

“It is -30°C and our fingers are so sore and [Mike] has to go on his second antibiotic treatment due to frostbite on his thumb, which got infected and never really heals. He also broke two teeth chewing on those chocolate bits that tastes so good but become hard as small stones in the cold. We repaired [the tooth] with temporary filling material. We are a determined team and work well together.

“It was a windy day but good drift south. Our goal is to reach around 82°30′, which is close to where the ice starts to break off and…becomes too unstable for skiing. Hopefully, Pangaea [Horn’s ship] will be able to reach us there. Still 11 days of food left.”

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Ash Routen

Ash Routen

Ash Routen is an outdoor and adventure writer from the UK specialising in adventurous travel and expeditions, such as mountaineering, polar travel, and ocean crossings. Ash juggles a day job as a public health scientist with this second career in outdoor writing.

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Alongside writing, Ash also spends some time undertaking his own adventures, and completed a 640 km foot crossing of a frozen Lake Baikal in 2018. His next arctic journey is a 700 km trek along the coast of Baffin Island in Canada.

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André Lambert

Mike / Borge, you need to haul *ss. It’s gonna be awesome to see you leaving by boat without getting food from your friends. GO


Please, consider adding more context to the article. This popped on my news feed as articles from EW often do, but I had no context whatsoever and the article doesn’t provide any either.