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North Pole Norwegians and Americans flying to Cape Discovery - updated landed and skiing

Posted: Mar 15, 2014 11:26 am EDT


(By Correne Coetzer, updated Mar 15 14:32 EDT) "In the air and on our way to Cape Discovery!” tweeted Eric Larsen 26 minutes ago. The two teams have been waiting for good flying weather to fly to their start point at the Canadian Arctic coast since their original scheduled departing date, March 7th.


[Updated Mar 15 14:32 EDT: Eric tweeted 12 minutes ago: "Hello from Cape Discovery. Last North Expedition is starting right... Now!” Location: 2014-03-15 Latitude: 83.043627 Longitude: -77.374263]


Larsen and Ryan Waters (Last North Expedition) have packed 55 days of food in their 144 kg / 317 pound sledges. They use Acapulka Arctic Challenge 230 with custom Granite Gear sled covers.


Norwegians Lars Flesland and Kristoffer Glestad have packed food for 45 days; each sled weights 110 kg, distributed between a main sled (Acapulka MAC 160), a paris-pulk and backpack.



On the Arctic Ocean ice


Yasu Ogita’s home team, Kentaro Fujii and Hakase Oki, sent over the following reports about the solo skier to Explorersweb:


Location March 13th:

N83º 17.164, West longitude of 77º 57.393

Distance covered: 5.7km

Weather: Clear

Temperature: -36ºC


His remarks: "Physical condition is very good so far. Tough rough ice zone was over during the morning. I saw not too much rough ice zone in the afternoon. Pulling two loaded sledges prevents me from walking faster.”


Update on March 14th

Present location: N83º 20.01 W077º 46.132

Distance covered: 5.8km

Weather: Clear 

Temperature: -35ºC 

His remarks: "Physical condition is very good. Rough ice is still around. I encountered the biggest rough ice I have ever seen, but I was able to detour the area. Sore molar is getting better now. I want to know the status of other team.”


Irish team, Clare O’Leary and Mike O’Shea, who started with Yasu on March 7th, reported that they will get their first food and fuel resupply "over the weekend”. That implicates that the resupply is in the Twin Otter with the Americans and Norwegians. The Irish is the only team skiing direction Canada to GNP who is getting resupplies. 


Latest news as per their home team on Facebook March 14th: "All is well with the team. Spoke to them as they were waking up this morning. Tough going with deep snowdrifts to deal with at the moment.”


Tomorrow, March 16th is full moon, which could make the movement of the Arctic Ocean’s ice difficult for the skiers. 



Aborted Canada to Greenland trek


Frenchman Vincent Cochin, who started on March 3rd, aborted his expedition after 9 days out, due to a frozen toe. Before setting off, Cochin, said in his blog that he was going for the longest unassisted, unsupported Polar distance record by traveling, according to him, 2300 km from Kugaaruk, Nunavut, to Qaanaaq, Greenland. This distance record is currently held by Norwegian Aleksander Gamme, who proofed to have had well a prepared and well executed expedition on Antarctica in 2011-12, skiing 2260 km in 87 days.


According to Canadian news source, CBC, Cochin said he now realizes that choosing the right equipment and testing it out beforehand is really important. 


Read more here about the rescue by three search and rescue members from Taloyoak, and the subsequent comments about Cochin's attempt. 



A North Pole expedition covers the full distance between land and the Pole (90ºN).

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.





North Pole update: A large rough ice zone at the start (Updated)


NASA: Warm Rivers Play Role in Arctic Sea Ice Melt


Norwegian North Pole team talking to ExWeb from the high Canadian Arctic


North Pole 2014: first skiers flying to their start point


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 

(start March 7)




North Pole Solo website

North Polo solo Facebook





Team Eric Larsen and Ryan Waters

Last North Expedition:

(start March 15)


Eric Larsen, USA







Ryan Waters, USA



Mountain Professionals

Mountain Professionals Facebook


Team Kristoffer Glestad (24), Norway and 

Lars Mangerud Flesland (25), Norway

(start March 15)




Assisted, Unsupported:


Irish team Clare O'Leary and Mike O’Shea
The Ice Project Expedition

(start March 7)





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 

(star” Marc“ 3, aborted March 13)

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 



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Joy in the American and Norwegian camps as they finally took off from Resolute Bay to their North Pole start. Solo Japanese and Irish team are out of the rubble field.
courtesy Eric Larsen, SOURCE
Ogita's latest position. Out of the "tough rough ice zone"
courtesy Yasunaga Ogita, SOURCE
Clare and Mike's latest available position
courtesy Lifeproof Irish North Pole Expedition, 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