NORTH POLE EXPEDITION 2006  Days 16-20

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FOLLOW THE EXPLOITS OF MIKE HORN AND BORGE OUSLAND AS THEY NAVIGATE THE NORTH POLE

 

 

 

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DAY 16: A CHANGE OF STRATEGY!...
Mon, 6 Feb 2006 // 20:45

Quote of the Day:
'It is obvious that if we carry on at this rate we'll run out of food before arriving at the Pole. We must make our daily food rations a little smaller so we can last a little longer...'

MIKE DATA LOG
Latest position: N8157'29.2' E10640'33.4'
Distance to go: 896km
Temperature: -35C with windchill

DAY 16 UPDATE
Mike and Borge once again confronted the cold Northerly winds today:
'It was cold today! With the windchill it is about -35C. It is supportable when the wind hits you from the side but when it blows into your face it is not only dangerous but it tends to zap you of all your energy. We had to pitch our tent and get out of the wind today before we froze our faces.

We started this morning with a distance of 897km to go to the Pole. When we got into the tent 5 hours later we looked at the GPS and saw that we were 896km away from the Pole! It was a bit of a shock to see that after all that effort we had only advanced north 1km because we were drifting south at 1.5kms a hour. We start each day scouting around to find the best route. It is very hard to find a passage in this darkness.

We've decided to change our strategy. It is obvious that if we carry on at this rate we'll run out of food before arriving at the Pole. We must make our daily food rations a little smaller so we can last a little longer.

Ice conditions are slowly improving. The ice is thicker and the leads are narrower. Once we're on the 82nd latitude we'll have better conditions and the going should be a little faster.

Not a lot of life out here!! Mind you the question remains, would we see it if there was?!? We did cross some bear tracks and fox tracks yesterday, but nothing since.

Will get some sleep now - another big day tomorrow!
Regards to you all!'
Mike

 

 

 

 


 

 


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MIKE HORN PERSONAL DETAILS


Age: 39
Nationality: South African resides Switzerland
Status: Married to Cathy, two children aged 11 and 12

 

 


MIKE HORN'S PHILOSOPHY:


'The drive to go beyond our physical, mental and spiritual limits is an internal attitude that transcends global borders. It tests our personal limits and opens the way for new levels of achievement in all aspects of life. This philosophy is the driving force behind every endeavour.

Although I find myself in the most extreme circumstances, I always use caution. My philosophical approach is to live the endeavour as an expression of my being. Alone, immersed in nature, with no creature comforts, to surpass the limits imposed by man and nature itself. With faith and determination, one can embody the purest expression of this philosophy.'

 

 

 


 

 

 

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