NORTH POLE EXPEDITION 2006  Days 56

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DAY 56: A FAR BETTER DAY - 36KM PROGRESS NEW RECORD!
Sun, 19 Mar 2006 // 09:16

Quote of the Day:
'It's unbelievable to think just a few days before reaching the pole we are finally getting a drift in the right direction! Wouldn't it be nice if it stays like this until the end?!?'

DATA LOG
Latest position : N8853'19' E8014'47'
Distance to go: 124km
Temperature: -28C
Ice drift: Northeast
Days of food left: 12
Average daily distance required: 11km

Today saw Mike and Borge advance an impressive 36km, their record daily distance so far in this trip. 31km walked and another 5km progress thanks to the ice drift which has changed direction and now helping them advance north.

Update from Mike at 0145hrs GMT: 'Another 10 hours walking but today things were definitely better for us. Tonight we have stopped 36kms from where we were camped this morning and we have only another 124kms to do until we arrive at the pole. At present the temperature is reading -28C and the winds has calmed down completely. Throughout the day we had a very, very cold easterly winds gusting between 3-8m/s (7-18mph). With the easterly winds came a NW drift which is pushing the ice together and closing up all the patches of open water.

It's unbelievable to think just a few days before reaching the pole we are finally getting a drift in the right direction! Wouldn't it be nice if it stays like this until the end?!?

Once again, Borge is repairing his skis this evening. He is sticking the cut off portion (that he took off last night) onto the underside of the ski. This means that now his skis are double thickness and will be more solid to withstand the rest of our journey. I hope for his sake this'll be the last time he'll need to repair his ski!

Borge and I marvelled at the site of the full sun today. It stayed in the sky for 4 hours and we managed to get some great photos. I'll try and send them through to you tomorrow. I hope the photos will look as good to you as they did to us. It was really an amazing sensation for us both.

More news tomorrow when we hit the 89th latitude!!!'

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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