NORTH POLE EXPEDITION 2006     Day 57

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

 

 

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DAY 57: THE FINAL 100KM...
Mon, 20 Mar 2006 // 08:01

Quote of the Day:
'Borge and I have decided that we're getting pretty good at this - we have everything 'off-pat' now and it all works like clockwork...'

DATA LOG
Latest position : N8907'45' E78
Distance to go: 97kms
Temperature: -28C
Days of food left: 11
Average daily distance required: 9km

Update from Mike: 'Another 10 hours walking and another 27kms closer to the Pole! Borge and I have decided that we're getting pretty good at this! We have our daily routines and each one his chores. We have everything 'off-pat' now and it all works like clockwork. We make a good team. Immediately after pitching the tent in the evening we start cleaning the ice off our clothes. It takes a good 2 and a half hours before we can enjoy some food, and then we eventually collapse from exhaustion. The days are long and cold and the efforts we are putting in are huge.

A monumental day it was today, because not only did we arrive at the 89th latitude, but we also have less than 100kms to go until we reach the Pole (97 to be exact). We think that in 4 days we'll make it, and if by some chance the drift is with us, we might even make it in 3 days.

The weather wasn't too bad today with temperatures around -28C. The white-out conditions and strong 5m/s (11mph) NE winds gradually improved throughout the day and we could clearly enjoy seeing the sun once again situated well over the horizon.

Borge ski repairs seems to be finally lasting. We are hoping that now they will be fine until we get to the Pole. He must be very careful where he places his feet because I doubt that he'll be able to repair them again after this.

I have an upset stomach today and am feeling nauseous. Not at all sure why - perhaps it's the food, perhaps it's because of the vasodilator I am taking, perhaps just generalised fatigue. We've only had two days rest until now - the 15th day and the 29th day. Once we get to the Pole we'll be able to rest but for now we want to keep on going. I'm sure my stomach will come right after some food and a good sleep.

Until tomorrow!'

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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