7: NORTHWARD DRIFT AT LAST...
Sat, 28 Jan 2006 // 16:36
Quote of the Day:
'Don't forget to live while you can! Life is very
short so each minute is important!'
MIKE DATA LOG
Latest Position: N 81°30'28.1' E 101°28'3.1' (28.1.06)
Temperature: -30° (and dropping)
Conditions: snow with cold SW wind
DAY 7: MIKE & BORGE SLEDDING ON THIN ICE...
After drifting south for nearly a week, Mike and Borge
are finally making progress in the northward drift but
walking cautiously on the thin ice...
'We've had the best day since we started! We've done
17 km in the right direction!
The weather is still very bad and the temperatures have
dropped drastically to around -30°C. It has snowed all
day long with cold winds coming from the south. Later in
the afternoon the wind turned to the SW and brought even
more snow. The snow rapidly covered all the leads and
turned the icecap into a potential minefield. In the
dark we cannot distinguish the differences in the colour
of the icecap so have to test it with our ski poles by
tapping the ice in front of us before placing our feet.
Borge narrowly escaped disaster when the thin ice
started to give way under his weight and the weight of
We swam 3 times over open leads today while the ice was
moving and quickly closing up. We are still on very thin
ice and hope to make rapid progress to more stable ice
Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to live while you
can! Life is very short so each minute is important!'
10: BEWARE OF THE BEARS...
Tue, 31 Jan 2006 // 15:17
NEW WEBSITE FEATURES: IMAGE
GALLERY and watch the Mike Horn PROMO
Quote of the Day:
'If the bear sets off the gun
I hope we will wake up before it is too late...'
MIKE DATA LOG
Latest position: N81°50'6.3' E103°53'6.2' (31.1.06)
Distance to go: 907km
Since starting the expedition 10 days ago, Mike &
Borge have been pushing hard but have only been able to
progress 97km in the right direction (north). This is
due to the drifting icepack which has been taking them
south for the majority of the trip so far. Hopefully the
icecap will change direction soon...
EMAIL FROM MIKE:
We have had very strong winds and cold temperature today
with broken ice and arctic water. One of the photos I
have sent shows the polar bear trip wire we set up, it
is connected to a gun, so if the bear sets off the gun I
hope we will wake up before it is too late. We're still
drifting to the south east at 0.8 km/h. When will our
Best from a cold tent
here to view photos of the polar
bear warning device and Mike
and Borge skiing over the broken ice
Please note: this polar bear warning device is
intended to deter polar bears if they come prowling
around their camp, the trigger system is set up in such
a way to avoid any harm.
For latest news on Mike and Borge go to: www.mikehornnorthpole.com
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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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