North Pole 2014: first skiers flying to their start point

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.

 

 

Previous/Related

 

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

 

AdventureStats

 

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

Website

Facebook

Blog

North Pole solo website

North Polo solo Facebook

Twitter

 

Team Eric Larsen and Ryan Waters:

 

Eric Larsen, USA

Website

Facebook

Twitter

YouTube

 

Ryan Waters, USA

Website

Facebook

Mountain Professionals

Mountain Professionals Facebook

 

Team Kristoffer Glestad (24), Norway and 

Lars Mangerud Flesland (25), Norway

Website

 

 

Assisted, Unsupported:

 

Irish team Clare O'Leary and Mike O’Shea

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Tracker

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

Website

 

 

1996 Magnetic North Pole

Matt Stowers and Kev O’Brien

Website

Blog

Matt Stowers Twitter

Northern Exposure live tracker 

 

 

Canada to Greenland (Kugaaruk and Qaanaaq) 

Vincent Cochin

Blog (personal)

Blog (Nanook expedition)

Facebook

Twitter

 

 

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