North Pole: Sebastian Copeland talks to Exweb/Pythom

It’s pretty devastating”

Skiing to the North Pole has never been easy. In 2014, the last two people who managed to complete the feat, Three Poles achievers, Eric Larsen and Ryan Waters, described it respectively as easily 10x harder than Everest and like going into battle.

This year Sebastian Copeland, Mark George and Martin Murray set an example of years of ultimate determination and preparation to get on the Arctic ice, despite, to start with, not even having anybody to fly them there. Already delayed by the weather, the two teams were dropped at Ward Hunt Island on March 8. Day 1 the Arctic threw it’s very best at them, Sebastian explained to us:

“Thank you. Trying to process right now. We got hit with the coldest days of the season on our first day. Eureka was at negative 57ºC without wind. My thermometer stops at 55 and it was all the way to the bottom.”

“Of five [stove] pumps, only one worked and was failing and the others were out and leaking in spite of warming them on me. I had three Arctic pumps and two normal ones. I managed to fix one, but the fuel had leaked all over my hand from a failing seal. That’s all it took. I got six pretty severe frost bites. It’s pretty devastating.”

“But life will go on. Eventually. I am going to stay up here for a while and go find polar beats. And some redemption. I could not have been more prepared. I guess it happens.”

Sebastian and Mark’s map

Martin and Sky’s map

2017 North Pole maps by Explorers House

Sebastian’s profile on Pythom

Sebastian’s book, Arctica: The Vanishing North

Sebastian’s film: Across The Ice

NEXT: Sebastian’s report on his blog

Previous 2017 North Pole

2017 North Pole skiers not moving – cancelled expeditions UPDATE

North Pole skiers on the move – UPDATE II – on the ice

North Pole Skiers Dropped, Update: In Eureka

Waiting game in Resolute – North Pole 2017 ski update

Too much weight for North Pole plane – Skiers in Resolute Bay – Updated

North Pole Interview with Sky, the Dog: “Things might get bloody”

North Pole Interview: Martin Murray with dog, Sky

Interview: Sebastian Copeland, North Pole attempt despite grave notes

2017 Ski North Pole Expedition List by Explorersweb/Pythom

Dixie Dansercoer: North Pole Gear and Antarctica kiting

KK6PGW to RW0BG: Messages From Russia (Interview)

2017 Ski North Pole Expedition List by Explorersweb/Pythom

Must-Watch: ’Melting: Last Race to the Pole,’ an Animal Planet show

Sebastian and Mark’s Website and Facebook

Martin and Sky’s Website and Facebook

Radio Canada North Pole reports

Follow the teams’ daily updated in the Dispatch Stream on

Note: A North Pole Ski expedition covers the full distance between land (Canada/Russia/Greenland) and the Pole, no flying part/most of the route. The two 2017 teams will start from the egde of Canada: ice-depending, either Ward Hunt Island (775 km) or Cape Discovery (780 km) on Ellesmere Island.The distance from Land to Pole is calculated in a straight line from where the skiers start. What is not added to this distance, are all the detours around high ridges, hummocks, ice blocks, rubble, thin ice, or leads (open water). Also not added are the negative drift and relaying sleds.

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