NORTH POLE EXPEDITION 2006  Days 26-30

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

 

 

 

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DAY 26: COMPLETE CALM FOR THE FIRST TIME!
Thu, 16 Feb 2006 // 16:33

Quote of the Day:
'The wind blew the entire day and then stopped just as we were setting up the tent this evening - it makes a nice change not to have the wind howling over the tent...'

DATA LOG
Latest position: N8332'28' E10338'47'
Distance to go: 721km
Days of food left: 41

After an exhausting nine hours walking on ice and snow, Mike and Borge advanced 20km today, walking 17km and progressing a further 3km north thanks to the strong winds last night. This morning as they started walking, conditions were not ideal but improved as the day went on, Borge explains: 'The ice was a bit rougher during the first part of the day, giving way to flat, wide-open surfaces this afternoon. We're walking mostly on older ice, formed last year, which is far more stable then the ice we saw earlier. There haven't been any signs of ice movement or open leads today either - and that's a great advantage for us."

Mike tells us about their day: 'The wind blew the entire day and then stopped just as we were setting up the tent this evening. This is the first time that we have had complete calm. It makes a nice change not to have the wind howling over the tent and of course the temperatures are milder at the same time.

The full moon has left us now. It is once again under the horizon so we are once again in pitch darkness.

Today is our 26th day on the ice. It wasn't a bad day even though we found ourselves back in the pack ice. We managed to do 17kms so we are happy.

721 kms to go until we reach the North Pole with 41 days of food left. Looks as though we should make it before the end of the winter months - that is our aim at least!

Will sleep now and rest my flat feet!'

Best regards,

Mike

 

 

 

DAY 29: A DAY OF REST...
Sun, 19 Feb 2006 // 18:10

Quote of the Day:
'It's actually rather cosy inside our tent, we've really relaxed, eaten well and listened to music on our mp3-players.'

DATA LOG
Latest position: N8336'17' E10314'41'
Days of food left: 38
Conditions: Northerly winds and snowing
Drift: Southwards 500m per hour

Today Mike and Borge took a rest day, only their second since the start of the expedition four weeks ago.

'Rest day today - day no 29. I'll try and send a couple of photos of polar bear prints. This bear must have crossed our path just before we were in a storm a few days ago. The full moon was out this day so this gave us some light. The prints have filled up with the drifting snow. Borge and I are inside the tent which we now call 'home'. The frost bite on my nose is not too bad but I will have to take care. Borge has a very swollen face because of walking into the headwinds. These winds have made us drift south for 3 days now - three days with no progress! Hope the wind changes soon!

That's all for now. Will get some sleep.'

Mike


Click here to view a photo Mike sent back today of polar bear tracks in the snow.

Meteorologists predict that Mike and Borge will have two more days of northerly winds causing the southwards drift but as Borge explains, 'It's a good idea to take a break while the weather is miserable, to let our bodies rest and build up our energy reserves. It's actually rather cosy inside our tent, we're stretching out and giving our muscles a break. We've really relaxed, eaten well and listened to music on our mp3-players.' The walking duo also took the time today to check their equipment and make minor repairs to their sledges, skis and a snapped tent pole!

Mike and Borge are expecting to be in a very different position when they set off again tomorrow morning (Monday), but hopefully the northerly winds will calm and ideally change direction so they will not have too much ground to make up.

 

 

 

DAY 30: SWIMMING AGAIN...
Mon, 20 Feb 2006 // 18:21

Quote of the Day:
'We came across another open lead we had to swim across, luckily only 50m wide...'

DATA LOG
Latest position: N8345'49.4' E1039'26.4'
Distance to go: 697km
Drift: Southwards but slow
Days of food left: 40 (after cutting down on daily rations they've managed to gain an extra few days of food)

After their rest day yesterday, Mike and Borge set off again this morning ready for another day walking on the ice, but soon found themselves changing in to their survival suits (completely waterproof and worn over clothing) and jumping in the freezing cold Arctic Ocean:

'Today we came across another open lead we had to swim across. Luckily only one 50m wide. Drift has been south today but slow. We made good progress with very bad light today but all is well. We have 697km to go with 40 days food left.'

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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