NORTH POLE EXPEDITION 2006     Day 60

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

 

 

 

PROGRESS DAY CHART

 

 

 

 

POLAR EXPLORERS JUST TWO DAYS AWAY FROM SETTING NEW RECORD

 


Wed, 22 Mar 2006 // 15:09


...to become the first men to walk to the North Pole completely unassisted in the sunless Arctic winter


On January 22nd, Mike Horn and Borge Ousland set off on the first ever attempt to walk 1000km to the North Pole in the sunless Arctic winter, unassisted by machines or dogs. With just 45km to go, they are now just two days from finishing and setting a new world record.

For 59 days now, they have been walking for 10-12 hours per day pulling their 160kg sledges in the extreme Arctic temperatures sometimes as low as -50C. Mike and Borge's bodies are now feeling the strain. Having had only two days break until now they are in need of a good rest. They are suffering from minor frostbite, which needs to be attended to and they need to replenish their bodies of fluids and vitamins.

They have encountered polar bears, problems with equipment, they have had to swim across open 'leads' of freezing water and perhaps even worst, instead of moving towards their target, the ice drift and freezing winds have pushed them for countless days in the wrong direction.

Latest ETA: Friday 24th March.

 

 

 

DAY 60: MIKE FEELING BETTER FOR FINAL PUSH TO POLE!!
Wed, 22 Mar 2006 // 23:09

Quote of the Day:
'It's just great to know that I will now be able to appreciate my last day walking not worried with aches and pains, in the company of my dear friend Borge, and enjoy the very special moment once we arrive on the Pole...'

DATA LOG
Latest position : N8948'39' E8725'34'
Distance to go: 21kms
Temperature: -22C
Wind: Westerly 4-5m/s (9-11mph)
Ice drift: Southwards
Days of food left: 8

Mike phoned this evening with very good news: 'I'm feeling better,' he said, sounding very elated. 'I woke up this morning feeling completely lousy and gradually felt better and better throughout the day. All my aches and pains are finally going and I'm getting my appetite back. The antibiotics have finally kicked in. I was a little anxious for a while but now it seems that everything will be alright.'

.and just in time!...

With only 21kms to go, Mike and Borge will arrive at the North Pole tomorrow! For 60 days now they have crossed 1000kms on skis over the frozen Arctic Ocean in very unfavourable conditions and during the darkest of winter months.

'We're starting to get excited. It's finally sinking in that we are going to arrive tomorrow. It's been quite a trip! Borge's 42 years old and now looks 80 and I'm 39 and look like 90! (Mike laughs)

We arrived on the North Pole ice today, Borge's keen eye noticed it straight away. There is still some water about but luckily we didn't need to swim. I don't think I could have coped with that today!

The weather forecast was not at all as had been predicted. Today we had westerly winds of 4-5m/s (9-11mph) with a southwards drift and temperatures of -22C. Tomorrow northeasterly winds of 8m/s (18mph) are predicted. We hope that this prediction will also be wrong.

We have reached N8948'39' E8725'34' and are extremely motivated for the final stretch. Tomorrow we'll get to the North Pole while enjoying the light of the midnight sun. There isn't much else to say. It's just great to know that I will now be able to appreciate my last day walking not worried with aches and pains. I will be able to appreciate the last walking day in the company of my dear friend Borge and enjoy the very special moment once we arrive on the Pole.

Until tomorrow!!!'

Mike

 

 

 

 

 

 




For latest news on Mike and Borge go to: www.mikehornnorthpole.com


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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.'

 

 

 


 

 

 

ARCTIC AND ANTARCTIC EXPLORATION LINKS:

 

 

Ernest Shackleton

Roald Amundsen

Scott of the Antarctic

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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