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North Pole: RAF aborted; Japanese and Irish on the ice - updated

Posted: Mar 11, 2014 02:59 am EDT

(By Correne Coetzer, updated Mar 11, 08:31 am EST) Yasu Ogita reported a big zone of rough ice conditions.

 

The Royal Air Force team, Matt Stowers and Kev O’Brien, quitted their expedition to the 1996 position of the Magnetic North Pole because a communications breakage has left them with a communications situation which they are unhappy to continue with, they reported on their blog and Twitter. They started on March 3 from Resolute Bay and are now skiing back. 

 

Last year the two men also aborted their attempt to the 1996 MNP,  because of bad weather after the start. In 2011 Matt and Jules Weekes attempted this route, but were evacuated with cold injuries early in their expedition.

 

Canada to Geographic North Pole:

 

Solo Japanese and Irish team

 

The first group of skiers departed with a Kenn Borek Air Twin Otter from Resolute Bay on March 7. They were dropped off just north of Cape Discovery late in the day when it was already getting dark, ExWeb was told, at a surface temperature of -48º. 

 

Yasu Ogita has skied 2.4 km on Day 1 and camped at N83° 03.829, W77° 26.116. The “turbulent ice conditions” ahead look similar as two years before, he reported, and he is glad to be back. His latest position reported on a voice dispatch, is N83° 09.366 W077° 49.047.

 

[Updated Mar 11, 08:31 am EST, word arrived at Exweb] March 9 from Yasu: he reported struggling in rough ice, trying to find a path by walking west then north. He covered 4.2km, but was hoping for 5 km. Camped at N83°05.457 W077°39.261. He covered 3.3km on March 10 and the weather is fine and temperature is -32 degree. He still kept walking in the rough ice zone and said he has never experienced this wide rough ice zone before.

 

Clare O'Leary and Mike O’Shea had covered 2.6 km the first day and 4.6 km the second day. On March 9 they reported snowfall the previous night and blizzard conditions that night.  

 

Norwegian and American teams

 

Meanwhile, the two teams in Resolute Bay, Lars Flesland and Kristoffer Glestad and Ryan Waters and Eric Larsen are still delayed because of bad flying weather and their patience and perseverance are tested. Their original departure date to Cape Discovery was March 7. There is a possibility that they could get in the air today, but the weather has to be good at the departure and drop-off points.

 

Ryan and Eric have packed 55 days of food in their 144 kg / 317 pound sledges. Lars told ExWeb that they have packed food for 45 days. Each sled weights 110 kg, distributed between a main sled (Acapulka MAC 160), a paris-pulk and backpack.

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

YouTube

 

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  

 

 

 

 

Clare O'Leary and Mike O'Shea with the Twin Otter that dropped them off at their start point.
courtesy Lifeproof Irish North Pole Expedition, SOURCE
Teams comparing notes in Resolute before getting onto the ice; Kevin O'Brien, Clare O'Leary, Yasu Ogita, Mike O'Shea, Matt Stowers and Michele Pontrandolfo (click to enlarge).
courtesy Yasunaga Ogita, SOURCE
Clare and Mike's latest available position
courtesy Lifeproof Irish North Pole Expedition, SOURCE
Matt Stowers and Kev O'Brien map from Resolute Bay in the direction of the 1996 position of the Magnetic North Pole.
courtesy RAF Northern Exposure 2014, 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
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