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North Pole 2013: Ogita Yasunaga to return for solo ski; and Arctic video

Posted: Dec 12, 2012 01:48 am EST

(Correne Coetzer) Japanese Arctic explorer, Ogita Yasunaga, has been doing expeditions in the high Arctic for 12 years; among them solo to the 1996 position of the Magnetic North Pole, and in 2011, with Kakuhata Yusuke in Canada, a 600km sledge-haul expedition from Resolute Bay to Goja Haven, continuing another 565km with backpacks to Baker Lake.

During the 2012 Arctic season Yasu attempted to ski solo from Canada to the Geographic North Pole (90°N), but aborted the expedition. Mr. Ogita says to ExplorersWeb he'll be back on the ice in the 2013 Spring season.

ExWeb wants to know from him what he has learned on the frozen Arctic Ocean earlier this year. "I learned last time about the moving ice and the scale of the pack ice on the Arctic Ocean. I had imagined it much harder before trying but actually not so much. The biggest problem only for me was the huge open leads/water."

What will he do different this season? "I am going to make improvements; all my supplies will be lighter than last time. Total weight was 100 kg, to 90 kg this time. It's enough for 50 days."

He is also going to change his pulk system, says Yasu. This time he is going to take a medium size pulk, a small one and a backpack, which he believes should be efficient. "The food system is basically the same."

He added, "I am making money now. Funding is big problem, but should be OK."

Video below of Yasu's Arctic expeditions over the years; showing typical challenging terrain and encounters with polar bears and other wildlife:

The North Pole season has an early kick-off this year with Alex Hibbert and Justin Miles who left the UK on December 10th to do the first leg of their winter North Pole attempt, starting at Qaanaaq on Greenland. Their expedition updates can be followed in the live Dispatch stream at the Pythom App for iPhone/iPad and on Android as well as at ExplorersWeb.

The 2013 North Pole season promises to be busy with interesting and different routes. Watch this space while ExplorersWeb and the North Pole contributors work on the list.


Arctic wrap-up: Skiers abandon attempt to NP

ExWeb interview with Japanese solo NP skier Yasu Ogita: after 11 years the ultimate

Ogita and Kakuhata finished Canadian tundra expedition

ExWeb interview with Yasunaga Ogita: From the Arctic ice to the tundra

ExWeb interview Alex Hibbert and Justin Miles: two-phase winter Arctic expedition

ExplorersWeb Expedition List

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Ysu's ski skins could make a delicious meal...
Image by Ogita Yasunaga (video screenshot by ExplorersWeb) courtesy Ogita Yasunaga
Yasu feeling at home in the Arctic..
Image by Yasunaga Ogita courtesy Yasunaga Ogita, SOURCE