NORTH POLE EXPEDITION 2006     Day 59

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

 

 

 

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DAY 59: MIKE RUNNING ON SHEER WILL POWER...
Tue, 21 Mar 2006 // 23:01

Quote of the Day:
'I'm feeling weak and having hot and cold rushes down my spine. I am wearing every single bit of clothing I own just to keep my body temperature up...'

DATA LOG
Latest position : N8935'19' E7937'43'
Distance to go: 45kms
Temperature: -28C
Days of food left: 9
Average daily distance required: 5km

Mike rang at 2000hrs GMT this evening after a full day of walking: 'We pitched camp at N8935'19' E7937'43' after advancing another 25kms.' His voice definitely sounded stronger than it did yesterday. He did however say that although he did not feel any better than he did yesterday, most importantly, he didn't feel any worse either. He is continuing the antibiotics three times a day and we hope that by tomorrow we will see a definite improvement in his health.

'I have walked all day. I'm feeling weak and having hot and cold rushes down my spine. I am wearing every single bit of clothing I own just to keep my body temperature up. My body seems to be running on sheer will power - I haven't slowed down my pace at all, Borge and I are still keeping a very good average.

Today the winds calmed down completely and the temperatures were -28C. The forecast predicts southerly winds tomorrow of 5m/s (11mph) which is very positive for us. The following day northeasterly winds are predicted. Our plan is to go as far as possible tomorrow and turn into the northeasterly winds on Thursday continuing straight to the Pole. Ideally it would be better to have a complete rest day to help my body get over whatever it has, but we want to continue because of the changing weather. It is better for us to continue now while the going is good.

The Spring Equinox has arrived and the sun is in the sky 24 hours a day now. We didn't realize that what we were seeing before was actually only the reflection of the sun. It wasn't the sun at all. Now, after 3 months we are looking at the real sun and it is something different altogether. For the first time yesterday we saw shadows. You think you feel heat in the sun's rays but in fact you don't. It really is the most amazing sight.

I will try and eat something now. Scrambled eggs are on the menu this evening with lots of fluids - Doctors orders!!

Cheers!'

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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