North Pole skiers drifting significantly (negative) in Arctic blizzard

Posted: Apr 14, 2014 08:30 am EDT

 

(By Correne Coetzer) Very strong winds from the west southwest have the ski teams tent bounded and drifting in a east northeast direction, sending them off their planned routes. A few days ago Eric Larsen reported, he and Ryan Waters covered 100 meters in 1 hour. Yesterday a drift of 1 km per hour (in the tents) has been reported.

 

Yasu abandoned his kayak and was not able to swim across a lead.

 

 

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

 

Unassisted, Unsupported:

 

Yasu Ogita, Japan, solo 

(start March 7)

 

Yasu abandoned his kayak on April 10, which, according to his home team, weighed 14 kg. He then covered 20.3 km, a personal best, in good ice conditions. The next day he struggled in soft snow, although the ice was not too rough, and covered 19.2 km.

 

Yasu was warned about a lead that opened in his way. He tried to cross it with his drysuit on, but failed, his home team reported to ExWeb on April 12. He spent almost half day to make detour to the West. The wind was getting stronger at 16:00 so he camped on the stable large ice place at 20:00. Yasu said the ice plate that he was on was drifting about 1km within one hour.  

 

The next day, yesterday the drift took its toll when Yasu had to stay in his tent due to the blizzard and in the process drifted 22 km overnight.

 

Location:

 

12th April 12:36 Japan time (21:36 local time the day before )

85° 37’842"N, 075° 39'738"W

 

13 April 12:39 Japan time (21:39 local time the day before)

85° 46’366"N, 075° 24'879"W

 

14 April 12:30 Japan time (21:30 local time the day before)

85° 49’421"N, 072° 43'033"W

 

Ryan Waters and Eric Larsen (USA) 

(Start March 15 at 83.043627N, 077.374263W)

 

On Day 28 the crossed into 85 degrees North.

 

Yesterday Ryan said in a dispatch that they were hoping for wind to harden the snow, but then they got 45 mph winds. Navigation was difficult in "a totally blinding white-out”, which made them fall over. The team drifted over 5 miles to the east-northeast.  

 

Eric and Ryan were very surprised when they crossed Yasu's solo tracks on April 12. "What are the odds?” asked Eric. "We could see where he was struggling to get up a few drifts. It appears he had been dealing with the same slow snow. The ice must have turned because our bearing and his were substantially different and the intersection of our two experiences only lasted a second."

 

Distances:

9.53nm / 17.7km, 7.27nm / 13.5km, 11.4nm / 21.1km

 

Tracker: 14 Apr 2014 03:01 GMT

85.357N, 072.968W

Dist To Pole: 278.7 Nautical Miles / 321.1 Miles / 516.2 Kilometers

 

 

Starting from Geographic North Pole (90ºN) to Canada

 

Assisted, Unsupported

Expedition Hope:

Eric Philips, AU, Bernice Notenboom, NL/CA, Martin Hartley, UK

(Start April 4)

 

The team also experience the drift as they reported 11km backwards to the east overnight in the blizzard. Bernice reported, “We have been drifting east and north and in the 10 days we are on the ice we are not further to our end goal because we lose all progress at night.”

 

The barometric pressure dropped to below 900 bars and falling, while their odometer on the GPS reads a drift of 1 km to the east per hour: "that is 24 km overnight!”, added Bernice. "We are now at same longitude as when we started 10 days ago, which is starting to be a concern."

 

She also noted that they haven’t seen open water yet, in contrast with other years, according to veteran Eric Philips, and there is much more snow on the ground than in previous years, he says. 

 

 

Barneo Ice Camp /

Russian Geographical Society Expeditionary Center

situated in last degree North

(Open April 3-22)

 

Known Polar guides on the ice with Last Degree ski teams are Bengt Rotmo, Matvey Shparo, Keith Heger, Annie Aggens, Alan Chambers, Victor Bobok, Thomas Ulrich, Leifur Svavarson and Ola Skinnarmo. These teams also reported being tent bounded by the storm. 

 

Some of the tents at Barneo were damaged by the wind and they are now checking the tents around the clock.

 

Borneo coordinates April 13: 

N88° 55.799’, E016° 33.108' 

Weather: temperature -24°C, 

wind 25 m / s northwest. 

Visibility 50-100m 

 

 

Greenland

 

Eric McNair Landry and Dixie Dansercoer have started their kite-ski circumnavigation of Greenland, near Tasiilaq. Yesterday, their Day 4, they were also grounded due to too high winds. Eric  says, "April is the season of storms – pittaraks [on Greenland] – and with a forecast of 40 knots of wind for tomorrow we might just be in for another day.”

 

Otherwise they covered 25.2km, 88.4km and 53.7km in the first three days.

 

Cornelius Strohm and Mika Chavarin, who will also attempt a circumnavigation, have left home for southern Greenland. Their start point is near Naraq.  

 

 

MLAE 2014 Russian Cars

 

The two amphibious vehicles were at 70° 05,317'N, 144° 01,860'W on April 12. The odometer read 3087km. They have good weather.

 

 

Previous:

 

North Pole update: Ice conditions poles apart

 

Mike Horn to Makalu and Pole to Pole around-the-world

 

 

AdventureStats successful expeditions:

 

Land to Geographic North Pole 

2013: 1x car team from Russia

2010: 1x unassisted ski team from Canada

         3x assisted ski teams from CA

2009: 1x unassisted ski team from CA

         1x assisted ski team from CA

2008: 1x assisted ski team from Russia (winter exped)

2007: 1x assisted ski team from CA

 

Geographic North Pole to Land

2013: 1x assisted dog team to CA

2012: 1x unassisted ski and kayak team to Svalbard

2011: 2x assisted ski teams to CA

2009: 1x unassisted ski team to Greenland

2007: 1x unassisted ski and kayak team to Franz 

         Josef Land

         1x assisted ski team to Greenland

 

assisted = resupplied

 

 

A note on the North Pole daily ski distances: They are calculated in a straight line from where the skiers start in the mornings and end in the evenings. What is not added, are all the detours around high ridges, ice blocks, rubble or leads (open water). Also not added are the negative drift and relaying sleds.

 

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. 

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

A Degree of Latitude is 60 nm / 110 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

 

 

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

 

Unassisted, Unsupported:

 

Yasu Ogita, Japan, solo 

(start March 7)

Website

Facebook

Blog

North Pole Solo website

North Polo solo Facebook

Twitter

YouTube

Tracker

 

Team Eric Larsen and Ryan Waters

Last North Expedition:

(start March 15)

 

Ryan Waters, USA

Website

Facebook

Mountain Professionals

Mountain Professionals Facebook

 

Eric Larsen, USA

Website

Facebook

Twitter

YouTube

Tracker

 

 

Starting from Geographic North Pole (90ºN) to Canada

Unassisted, Unsupported

Bengt Rotmo

(still to start)

Website

Twitter

 

 

Starting from Geographic North Pole (90ºN) to Canada

Assisted, Unsupported

(Start April 4)

Eric Philips, Australia

Bernice Notenboom, The Netherlands / Canada

Martin Hartley, UK

Website

 

Other:

 

MLAE 2014 

(cars driving from Resolute Bay, Canada, to Russia)

Diary

Facebook

Tracker

 

Barneo Ice Camp /

Russian Geographical Society Expeditionary Center

situated in last degree North

(Open April 3-22)

Website

Blog

Facebook Russian Geographical Society Expeditionary Center

LIveJournal

 

Last Degree to 1996 Magnetic North Pole 

Richard and Tessum Weber and team

(Start April 21)

 

 

Greenland

 

Kite ski circumnavigation:

 

Eric McNair-Landry (CA) and Dixie Dansercoer (BE)

Blog Greenland Ice Expedition

Tracker

Facebook (Polar Circles) 

Twitter (Polar Circles)

Facebook (Pittarak Expeditions)

 

Michael Chavarin (FR) and Cornelius Strohm (DE)

Website

 

Finland Greenland

Jaakko Heikka, Nina Teirasvuo, Jouni Tanninen, Heini Koivuniemi and Matias Utriainen Homepage/blog

 

Follow blog posts (with RSS feeds) in the live News Stream on ExplorersWeb.

 

 

Previous/Related

 

Russian amphibious Arctic cars on the move from Canada

 

North Pole: Irish team injured and evacuated - update: Norwegians also off

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Dixie Dansercoer and Eric McNair-Landry to kite-ski 5000+ km around Greenland

 

AdventureStats

 

Ray Zahab and team Baffin Island run 2014

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The dotted line shows the drift of Barneo Ice Camp from April 3-12. Also shown on the map are Eric Philips and his team and the Last Degree teams (click to enlarge).
courtesy Russian Geographical Society Expeditionary Center, SOURCE
Yesterday the drift took its toll when Yasu had to say in his tent due to a blizzard and in the process drifted 22 km overnight. 85° 49'421"N, 072° 43'033"W (click to enlarge)
courtesy Yasunaga Ogita, SOURCE
The wind pushed the ice underneath Eric Larsen and Ryan Waters in a east-northeast direction (click to enlarge)
SOURCE
Philips, Notenboom and Hartley reported a drift of 1 km per hour (click to enlarge)
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
Eric McNair Landry and Dixie Dansercoer on their kite-ski circumnavigation are also grounded in Greenland (click to enlarge).
SOURCE
The Russian cars at 70° 05,317'N, 144° 01,860'W
courtesy MLAE 2014, SOURCE
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