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?!?'
Latest position : N88°53'19' E80°14'47'
Distance to go: 124km
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
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 -28°C 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
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
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
More news tomorrow when we hit the 89th latitude!!!'
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MIKE HORN PERSONAL DETAILS
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
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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