While waiting for extraction, the team spent all day today enjoying their time at the Geographic North Pole. There are still several other teams en route to the pole that will be getting air-lifted out together. The guys took advantage of the extra time by having a second photo shoot (photos coming soon) and relaxing in their tents.
Current Position N 89°49'41" E 135°27'10"
That puts our team at just over 10 nautical miles away from the North Pole!
Current position (N 89° 37' 16" E 123° 49' 32")
The Last Degree team made excellent progress again today as they navigated over and around an increasing number of pressure ridges and rubble zones, followed by a long flat pan of ice. Their tenacious pace, coupled with positive drift, (1.5 nautical miles overnight) has put them well ahead of schedule as they approach the 2/3 mark of the expedition.
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After 6 days of being on the water, the Plancius has finally turned toward the main goal of the expedition, South Georgia Island. As of our last contact with the team at 8pm November 7th (UTC-2), they were approximately 1/3 of the way to South Georgia Island from The Falklands. After leaving the protection of the Falkland Islands, the ship once again entered into big seas, but with their sea legs still strong, no one on board have had trouble with the rolling and bucking of the ship.
Below you'll find two of our recent Audio Updates. Parts of the calls are garbled, but still very interesting to hear.
Update from Expedition Leader Annie Aggens:
The wind and waves picked up overnight and we were rocking and rolling all day. Waves were splashing over the bow and coming as high as the dining room windows. By 4 PM the wind was was sustained at 36 knots and the max gust was 64 knots. Seas 4-5 meters with an occasional 6-7 meter wave. Most people are faring OK. Some of us retreat to our rooms for some time lying flat on our beds.
We expect to reach the Falklands early tomorrow morning and dock on the Northeast side of Steeple Jason Island.
The team has been enduring big seas for the last day but our guides report that the our team is fairing well. While the seas are 3-5 meters average and occasionally larger, the motion of the boat is mostly pitching rather than rolling. There were two lectures on board today about the Falkland Islands along with one on photography and the team even took some time to set up their tents on the bouncing back deck.
Do you have the ambition to take part in a Polar Expedition but are hesitant because you lack experience? We interviewed one of our most recent North Pole Last Degree team members, Danny Lubert, who was in this same position and asked him to reflect on his first expedition experience.
Current position N 89°05.287, E 042°36.937
The day started well with good weather, calm and sunny, able to travel about 3.5 miles smoothly. Then they hit a huge lead- fresh black water running northwest. They followed the edge of the lead for about 3.5 hours, then conditions deteriorated further with more broken and jumbled ice. They decided to set up camp around 4:30 PM local time, hoping to get up tomorrow to better conditions. The good news is they have drifted about 1/2 mile North since setting up camp! Their resupply has been rescheduled for tomorrow. All continue to be in good spirits, gorging on Dan Dahlgren's chocolate covered peanut butter balls!
"The Winter Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City, Utah is one of the largest gatherings of outdoor gear retailers coming together under one roof. I was able to visit some of Polar Explore’s trusted gear partners to see what’s coming up for the 2015-2016 season.
First stop was the Baffin booth, where Karen gave me a great introduction to the new Guide-Pro 3 Pin boot for polar travel using three-pin style bindings. The new boot builds off the success of theExpedition 3 Pin, a boot released last year and put to the test by Polar Explores during the 2014 North Pole season and the 45-day South Pole Ski Expedition this past November.