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North Pole 2014: first skiers flying to their start point

Posted: Mar 07, 2014 11:28 am EST


(By Correne Coetzer) The Irish team, Clare O’Leary and Mike O’Shea, as well as the solo Japanese, Yasu Ogita's, Twin Otter flight to their start point to the Geographic North Pole was confirmed for 6.45 am (their time) today, reported the teams. Last word from them was Clare tweeting, they are on their way to the airport. Yasu’s last words from Resolute Bay, "This is it, I am going! See you again.”


Seems Yasu didn't go to bed early as he wrote an update by midnight expressing his feelings of both elation and fear. 


Yasu’s home team reported that their drop-off is scheduled for Cape Discovery, but depending on the weather, it could be Ward Hunt Island. 


Meanwhile, the other two teams, Americans Ryan Waters and Eric Larsen, and Norwegians, Kristoffer Glestad and Lars Flesland are waiting in Resolute for the plane to return and the next available weather window to fly to Cape Discovery. 


Yesterday Eric reported that they weighed in their gear at Kenn Borek Air. "Our sleds weighed in at 144 kilos / 317 pounds each - that's 33 pounds lighter than I thought they would be! It's pretty amazing to think that everything that we will need to live and survive (food, fuel, clothing, electronics) for 55 days fits in our sleds.”


Check in again for an ExWeb interview with the Norwegians.


Plus-minus fifty hard and intense days lies ahead. Godspeed the skiers.



A North Pole expedition covers the full distance between land and the Pole.

The Cape Discovery route (Canada) to the Geographic North Pole is 780 km in a straight line and without the negative drift. 

Ward Hunt Island (Canada) start point calculates at 775 km.


Geographic North Pole is at 90ºN

1996 position of the Magnetic North Pole: 

78° 35'42.00"N, 104° 11’54.00”W 

Resolute Bay: 74° 41.808N, 094° 49.402W


Follow the teams' blogs (those with RSS feeds) in the live News Stream on Explorersweb.





Dmitry Shparo's Top 5 North Pole Tips


Irish North Pole team checking in at ExWeb from Resolute Bay


2014 North Pole start: the waiting game is on


The cost of Arctic travel: Jerry Kobalenko talks to ExWeb


Yasunaga Ogita talking to ExWeb from the high Canadian Arctic


North Pole 2014 full route ski expedition list


ExWeb interview with Ryan Waters, "an unwritten and unexplainable mental edge”


ExWeb interview with Eric Larsen, "a mix of poetry and hell to the North Pole”


ExWeb interview with Bernice Notenboom, the Arctic and the world’s climate




Ray Zahab and team Baffin Island run 2014


Vincent Cochin to sledge-haul 2300km Canada to Greenland



Teams starting from Cape Discovery, Ellesmere Island to the Geographic North Pole (90ºN)


Unassisted, Unsupported:


Yasu Ogita, Japan, solo




North Pole solo website

North Polo solo Facebook



Team Eric Larsen and Ryan Waters:


Eric Larsen, USA






Ryan Waters, USA



Mountain Professionals

Mountain Professionals Facebook


Team Kristoffer Glestad (24), Norway and 

Lars Mangerud Flesland (25), Norway




Assisted, Unsupported:


Irish team Clare O'Leary and Mike O’Shea





Mike O’Shea Twitter

Clare O’Leary Twitter



Starting from Geographic North Pole (90N) to Canada

Assisted, Unsupported


'Arctic March' team:

Eric Philips, Australia

Bernice Notenboom, The Netherlands / Canada

Martin Hartley, UK




1996 Magnetic North Pole

Matt Stowers and Kev O’Brien



Matt Stowers Twitter

Northern Exposure live tracker 



Canada to Greenland (Kugaaruk and Qaanaaq) 

Vincent Cochin

Blog (personal)

Blog (Nanook expedition)





Follow blog posts in the live News Stream on ExplorersWeb.


Weather links:


Canadian Ice Service


The Arctic Weather products link on the Canadian Ice Service IPY Legacy page


Two-day sea ice drifts for the whole Arctic Ocean on the Danish DMI website


ENVISAT ASAR images on the Polarview website


Canada Weather Office satellite image


NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory


University of Illinois cryosphere images


Wayne Davidson’s Extremely High Horizon Refraction


Wayne Davidson’s EH2R blog 



#polar #northpole2014  





A Twin Otter in front of Kenn Borek's hanger in Resolute (click to enlarge).
courtesy Eric Larsen, SOURCE
The road to the airport.
courtesy Eric Larsen, SOURCE
Pre flight sled weigh in.
courtesy Eric Larsen, SOURCE
The Norwegian team bringing their sleds into the hanger for weighing (click to enlarge).
courtesy Eric Larsen, SOURCE
Resolute Bay, last warm bed and breakfast before making a tent their home.
courtesy Yasunaga Ogita, SOURCE
Cape Discovery route to the Geographic North Pole.
courtesy Arctic Ice Drift Maps 2013 : Image from http://www.arctic.noaa.gov / Mike O Shea and Clare O Leary, SOURCE