Both of his thumbs were now painfully frostbitten, and the open sores became infected. Though they were halfway from the pole to their hoped-for pickup latitude, people back home were alarmed. They’re referring to sweat, which can freeze to skin, or perhaps to a spill from a water bottle, which can cause flesh-killing frostbite. Christmas 2020 (The North Pole) The Christmas Event 2020 started on December the 25th, and ended ---. They did not celebrate. They put their heads down and skied. “I hate this job,” he told Ousland. Slush dragged him down like quicksand. Then call us at 888-484-2244 or 541-330-2454 or email us here. They’d been skiing for 36 days and weren’t yet halfway, but they’d reached a psychological tipping point. The wind was strong when they came to the largest lead yet, the far side lost in blackness. Horn pulls his sleds across a layer of recently frozen ice, which is riskier than older, more solid ice but much easier because of its smooth surface. Live. Join us. Adding an additional hour of skiing to each day, they charged ahead, reaching 89 degrees, then 88 degrees, in five days each. The North Pole on August 19, 2020, from the Polarstern. And that was in territory where there wasn’t any chance of rescue.”. Horn broke out tiny bottles of Armagnac and “Mike Horn Cake,” a rum-soaked fruit cake created for him by an admiring three-star Michelin chef. In extreme cold-weather environments, adventurers cite the maxim: Get wet, you die. For the first time since records have been kept, temperatures reached 100 degrees this summer in the Siberian Arctic. Meanwhile, two of Horn’s teeth broke when he bit into frozen chocolate, and Ousland, now forced into the role of emergency dentist, repaired them with temporary dental filling material he’d packed in his seemingly bottomless med kit. Should he give the ok to start the rescue? Arctic Poles 28/12/2020. Scientists at work on the test cruise Electra 1, prior to the Akademik Keldysh expedition. “Things were adding up on top of each other—this is the picture you see before accidents. The MOSAiC expedition — the biggest and most complex expedition ever attempted in the central Arctic by researchers from several nations — arrived to the North Pole in just six days this month, making their way from near Greenland via an unusual route. Ice-class with a steel hull, it stood a better chance of reaching 82 degrees. “We knew we shouldn’t make those mistakes. Crossing the gaping, wind-whipped lead was not an option. The expedition ship Polarstern sailed from the northern Fram Strait between Greenland and Svalbard to the North Pole this week. "We can go further, we can hang on a little bit longer, we can fight harder.”. Pick a few Antarctica or Arctic vacations that appeal to you. About half of the melt ponds were completely melted through to the ocean and the floe itself contained a network of old, melted cracks. The 14-day North Pole expedition aboard 128-guest Fifty Years of Victory is a chance to add your name to the short list of adventurers who have made the ultimate journey to the top of the world. Meanwhile, Lance, with Rotmo and Gamme aboard, was struggling to navigate the ice maze. Ousland followed. Helicopter expedition is the fastest and the most affordable way to get to the North pole. Horn bounded over rows of chairs when Ousland called him to the stage, and the two adventurers stood arm-in-arm in a sold-out Oslo concert hall to a prolonged standing ovation. They were well behind schedule and the equation was stark: with their remaining food, reaching Pangaea, says Ebbesen, “looked impossible.”, Meanwhile, a Norwegian reporter heard chatter of a possible rescue for the country’s polar legend. Ousland and Horn had a more direct experience in mind—they were returning to the heart of the high Arctic to witness the changes at ground level. If 100 thousand or more will subscribe to stream this amazing reality program LIVE, then the mission will succeed. Near the end of one of these super-days, after Horn says they’d “walked themselves to smithers,” an alarming sight appeared in their headlamp beams. As long as they reached 84 degrees, they would be in range of helicopters from Svalbard. Team researchers from the MOSAiC expedition exploring the ice floes during the third leg of the expedition in April 2020. Next stop, the North Pole: Northamptonshire schoolchildren smash 'expedition to Lapland' fundraiser goal in just two weeks By Alastair Ulke Monday, 23rd November 2020, 5:51 pm But as temperatures rise, leads have grown larger and more common. He yelled across to the other two men, who were now only 100 feet away. “It was just like the old days,” he says. “I want to be in the ice mentally ... it’s about safety.”, Yet it’s also something more, he admits. The North Pole is the 'test piece' of polar expeditions and a serious undertaking. With the ice sheet now even more riven with leads (some a quarter mile across and 40 miles long), Ousland needed a new strategy. After they hung up, Ousland considered the prospect. Exertion kept their vascular networks coursing with warm blood; when they paused, cold seeped into their chests. The men did not appreciate the plane’s presence. They laid their skis and sleds on the deck and left them for the first time in a quarter of a year. We’re 10 days away from the end. Before 2008, North Pole programs were operated aboard the similar Arktika-class Yamal. Horn stretched his arms onto firmer ice while Ousland reached and got hold of his skis. The new Arktica Class nuclear powered icebreakers are the most advanced in the world. We will operate 4 channels of live streaming content from the Arctika Class ship with 125 passengers plus a crew of more than 100 on board. Svalbard expedition in detail: Since 2000, the TOPtoTOP Expedition has covered 111,000 nautical miles and visited more than 100 countries. To participate, fans must subscribe to Hollow Earth TV with the button below. For one day only, they could be rescued. Ruzica Dadic was conducting research on snow and ice in the North Pole. To the North Pole by helicopter. The mercury fell to 40 below zero Fahrenheit. But all the two exhausted men could think about in that moment was that the ice fracturing beneath their tent was drifting in the wrong direction. We will also set up a way for ALL of you to come with us. They were being followed. Journalists rushed onto the ice as the adventurers emerged from the polar night with cold-scarred faces and ice beards. They had food for 85. As they hooked up to their sleds the next morning, a couple hours later than usual, they said, as they would every day in those subzero mornings, “We’re going home.”. Richard Weber and Misha Malakhov. It would be perilous, he was sure of that, even more so with rising temperatures weakening the ice sheet. Now they turned darker. Ousland says, “Sometimes we couldn’t even stop, or we would have gone through.”. Expedition to the North Pole 2019-2020. Ousland happened to be filming with a low-light camera and captured the moment when Horn fell through the ice one day before they finished their traverse. As many as 700 people had already died trying to reach the North Pole—more than twice as many who’ve died attempting to climb Mount Everest. 2020 North Pole Last Degree Teams! “What a miserable life we have here,” he pecked into his sat phone. They needed a new plan. It takes a team of talented, knowledgeable and experienced professionals to bring it all together. Were they enjoying a glass of wine and a meal in unimaginable warmth? Ousland was pleased. So they changed the definition of a “day,” lengthening it to 30 hours. Yet he was happy: He’d solved the problem. Temperatures plummeted, yet fragile ice still slowed their pace. After finding a solid floe to camp on, Ousland hand-bored ice screws at the tent’s corners and set trip wires around its perimeter that would trigger a deafening explosive shell. In the calm after the storm, Ousland and Horn knew their only hope of reaching the boat was to cover the biggest distances of their trip. Horn thrives on the edge. It was November 20, 2019, and Ousland, the leading polar explorer of his generation, and adventurer Mike Horn had set out two months earlier with an audacious goal: to ski across the top of the world. The edges were crisp—the bears were close. That was their window to cross the Arctic Ocean. Expedition to the North Pole 2019-2020. They needed to cross a degree of latitude every six days to reach the ice edge to meet Pangaea before they ran out of food and fuel. We've been skiing to and from the North Pole since 2002 with over 15 successful expeditions to the top of the world. But neither man could ever sleep for long; they would wake up frequently to listen for polar bears or cracking ice. “If you just sit there, they will come and they will eat you. Their spirits were high as they skied away from Pangaea, even as they strained to pull sleds more than twice their body weight. It was fine, Ousland assured him. Ousland was acutely aware that they were still 200 miles from their hoped-for Pangaea reunion with only 10 days of food remaining. And they were meandering, which meant they were seeking prey. In September 2019, Børge Ousland and Mike Horn set out to ski across the Arctic Ocean. It had been one of their only lead-free days. It was the men's greatest fear. GPS position: 85 degrees north—the farthest north a sailboat has ever reached. They had 49 days of food in their sleds when they set out on the morning of October 18. Their life was engulfed in darkness, their headlamps—and the 22 pounds of batteries they carried to keep them burning—became indispensable extensions of themselves. Strong winds shook and bowed the shelter’s red nylon walls, a speck of color amid a thousand miles of blackness. Soon, the ocean began to freeze. They would have to cross it. We never give up. A video camera was thrust in Ousland’s face and after 87 days in Arctic isolation he delivered a television interview. To their profound joy, they discovered a bag of dried salmon sticks given to them by a friend in Nome and devoured it in short order. Normally, the first to cross would take a rope to the far side and then pull the gear sleds, lashed together, across the open water. In the meantime, Ousland and Horn, straining at the limits of their strength, miraculously covered nearly 20 miles in a day. Though both men were highly experienced polar veterans, it was their first time on the ice in the dark. From the tent, Ousland messaged Rotmo, who used his deep network of Arctic connections to secure a former polar research vessel named Lance. Both men had made previous trips to the Arctic and were shocked at the number and size of the leads they encountered, a clear sign of the warming Arctic. “I’ve got my ears open while I’m sleeping,” Horn told Ousland. Travelogue to the North Pole The expedition’s plane had a radio to send dispatches back to The Enquirer every day. Ousland asked Rotmo if he could ski toward them with extra provisions, if needed. They muscled over countless jumbled ridges of ice, with blocks as big as cars. If we find it, the whole world will change. It was November now, Arctic winter was descending. This provides us ample time to contact the more than 20 million of you who follow the expedition and provide a way for you to participate. Horn’s boat Pangaea navigates a labyrinth of cracks in the arctic ice cap on September 7, 2019. When they crawled back into the tent, spending over an hour scraping ice from their clothes, they were no closer to their goal. Horn was first to paddle across to Rotmo and Gamme. The North Pole Expedition Museum stands as one of Norway's few independant museums.. February - September 09:00 - 14:00 October - January Upon request, groups of min. But now, with the Arctic warming more than twice as fast as the rest of the planet, everything is changing. “You have to be focused on what you are doing and not be distracted,” Ousland says. Oct. 13, 2020, 11:23 AM UTC ... researchers returning from a major expedition to the frozen north have warned. Ousland had planned their route to capitalize on two predictable Arctic Sea currents, the Beaufort Gyre and Transpolar Drift. On a dimming day in mid-October, shortly before reaching the North Pole, Ousland and Horn switched on headlamps that they would not turn off in any waking hour for the remainder of their journey. A North Pole expedition cruise really is the ultimate Arctic adventure! Expedition North Pole 2020 On day 86, when Ousland and Horn wrenched their aching bodies from the tent, they believed they were a mere 20 miles from the ship. The Enquirer sponsored a expedition to the North Pole to find Santa Claus in 1934. Then he circumnavigated the planet at the equator without motorized assistance, crossing jungle and sea and narrowly escaping Congolese firing squads. A mother with cubs. Scientists use an array of satellites and sensors to feed computer models that provide a picture of this changing realm. I picture myself back home instead of on the ice, and maybe I start questioning myself, ‘Why am I doing this?’”. But Ousland wasn’t done. Two days in Franz Josef Land We spend two full days exploring Franz Josef Land, a unique polar archipelago that reveals its myriad wildlife, unusual geology and heroic era legends. Less than halfway through the trip, the men entered the Arctic winter and trekked through perpetual darkness, with only their headlamps and the moon offering any light. “We become like the world we evolve in. People across Europe were watching hourly updates. Travelers will begin their trip with a one-night stay in Helsinki, Finland, and then fly to Murmansk, Russia, where they will embark the ship. It would be a mark of failure. Wind and waves lashed the vessels; capsizing could be fatal. 10km. But Ousland and another Norwegian, Erling Kagge achieved the feat in 58 days. The Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC, / ˌməʊˈzɛɪɪk /) expedition is a one-year-long expedition into the Central Arctic, planned to take place from 2019 to 2020. The men were used to pushing the boundaries of what was possible. Three years after that, he became the first person to ski across Antarctica alone. The Polarstern spent 389 days drifting through the Arctic trapped in ice. He couldn’t see it. The expedition is now entering its final stage, during which researchers will study the last piece of the Arctic puzzle: the growth of new sea ice marking the end of the summer season. If those fail, he keeps a .44 Magnum in his waist belt. In the tent, Ousland fired both camp stoves with the last of their fuel. Other Arctic coups followed, including an expedition in 2010 when he led a crew in a small trimaran sailboat on a circumnavigation of the Arctic Ocean through both the Northeast and Northwest passages, the first crew to do so in a single summer season. Here, Ousland and Horn stepped onto the ice’s surface and their adventure began. It was a project so daunting that even Borge Ousland thought it was impossible. “But now we were skiing just a little crust basically, with 4,000 meters of sea underneath our feet.”, In places, the ice offered a gin-clear view into the void. A few days later, Ousland’s sled became increasingly difficult to pull. Their ultimate success hinged on a simple equation: They had food—mostly oatmeal, nuts, and dried meat, individually bagged by Ousland—for 85 days, 10 more than they expected to need. “Accidents happen quickly,” he says, “and it’s usually in bad weather when things go completely wrong.”. He says, “This was free-soloing El Capitan.”. “It’s interesting, that progression we have in our mind," Horn says about facing intense bodily pain and staggering fatigue. This way, only one person was in the water at a time. They had energy only for moving forward. “But at the same time, I like it. Available dates: July 12- 24 th 2020, July 23 rd-August 4 th 2020, August 5-17 th 2020. “Should you talk with Mike about it?” Ebbesen asked. In all, more than 3 thousand hours of film will be collected, and a feature film will be produced after the voyage. The men had finally reached the ship, but the ship wasn’t going anywhere. That night he found a jagged crack spanning the sled’s polyethylene base. Photograph: ISSS2020 At six monitoring points over a slope area … We are searching for an opening that connects a known inner ocean with the surface ocean. Not that we complain, we take that fight.”. Ousland, a meticulous planner, works to mitigate risk and create a bubble of security. So have we. TEAM BLIND : Arne Christensen: Denmark : I'm 65 years old and have been blind for the last 40 years. They even lost ground while sleeping. Ousland erected the tent while Horn rolled back and forth on the snow, allowing it to absorb water from his clothing. The North Pole, also known as the Geographic North Pole or Terrestrial North Pole, is the point in the Northern Hemisphere where the Earth's axis of rotation meets its surface. They had food for 13 days. Cameras flashed. They did not eat cake. The end was in sight. A day was wasted following a lead that wandered far off course. The world watched. Difficult to reach and singular in its impact, the North Pole transforms the perspectives of everyone fortunate enough to reach it. “I know what I’ve done, and I know what I’ve accomplished. We have 20 million followers of the Hollow Earth all around thw world. His body responded well to the strain, falling back into familiar rhythms. Ousland powered off the phone, stowed it near his revolver, and the men lay in their tent atop the ice, once again profoundly alone. Polar bear tracks. Ousland and Horn took the remaining dinner rations from their sleds. What happens if they run out of food? Welcome to the greatest expedition in history. He was on his second round of doxycycline and barely had the dexterity to clip into his harness each day. At the start of the expedition, each man was hauling more than 400 pounds. (Twitter pic/MOSAiC Expedition) BERLIN: Researchers on the world’s biggest mission to the North Pole … Ousland whipped off his skis and moved as quickly and carefully as he could. Yet all his life, he’d dreamed of “a classic north pole expedition where we sail in with boats,” like the stories his father read him. Crowning the globe at the center of the Arctic Circle, the North Pole awaits the adventurous few who will brave its frigid temperatures to experience life at the top of the world.You'll depart from one of the northern ports in the Scandinavian states; aboard a … Taking off from Spitsbergen by the AN-74 aircraft, you will land on the ice camp "Barneo", … “I never ask ‘why’ to myself. He was certain his partner had suffered cold injuries that would require immediate rescue. Horn, from South Africa, is a kindred soul also seemingly born for an earlier age of exploration. The North Pole on August 19, 2020, from the Polarstern. We’re going to make it.’”. But given the time needed for nightly tasks—melting snow for water, scraping ice off everything, and sleeping—there were no more hours to wring from the day. “He told me three or four times, ‘Mike, I’m cold, I’m cold.’ So I said the only thing I could say, ‘Let’s just go, let’s get to the boat. Turns out, that’s 2020. Who was up there? “It’s like a valve opened,” Horn says, “and all of a sudden everything you do is difficult—lifting your arm, taking your skis off, lifting your legs.”. In the last 20 years we have collected a total of 60’000 kg of plastic together with 140’000 students at “Beach Clean Ups”. Against all odds, Horn escaped serious injury. Horn spoke first, “In a couple of hours, our expedition is finished. But the lead was longer than their 350 feet of rope, forcing them to cross simultaneously, a much more precarious maneuver. You may be aware or unaware, that I and my constituents are planning an independent expedition to the roof of the world, the North Pole to independently verify and study the reports of an entrance into the Inner Earth. It was the longest Ousland had ever taken to travel one degree. Not long after leaving the sailboat, Pangaea, the men came to a channel of hissing green-black water, 100-feet wide. “Børge’s hands were cold, and his hands are never cold,” Horn says. Horn leaned over the stoves to thaw zippers, his clothes frozen solid. Soon the men were polar machines, pushing forward into the teeth of the Arctic. Somewhere, 1,000 miles away on the far side of a frozen jigsaw of shifting ice, they hoped to see Pangaea again. When Horn reached solid ice, he yelled back into the inky channel, toward the light of Ousland’s distant headlamp, “Can I pull?”, Horn pulled the rope. As Horn wrote in a social media post, “We are not here to talk, we are here to ski across the Arctic Ocean.”, “On expedition, we become like the elements,” Horn says. They needed to get creative. Polar Cruises is located in Bend, Oregon USA – Hours of operation: 9am-5pm M-Th & 9am-4pm Fri Pacific time. Eleven days after setting out, the men caught their last glimpse of our planet’s star as its final molten flicker melted into the horizon. Whether the Earth is a globe, flat, hollow, or a triangle is irrelevant. Horn, 53, has two daughters who grew up accustomed to their father’s dangerous pursuits, but now they were desperate for him to be rescued. Visit one of the most remote corners of the planet - the North Pole! A North Pole expedition is the ultimate goal for intrepid explorers and the most extreme point in the world. On the storm’s second day, he insisted they ski. This was the plan to deter the giant white carnivore that roams here and leaves patches of blood-stained snow wherever it dines. With wind chills of 50 below zero or colder—their spittle freezing solid in mid-air—they sheltered a day in the tent. It was as if they’d ceased to exist. 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