ThePoles.com has posted a new Polar Update with some news on the still ongoing arctic expeditions.
Rosie Stancer continues to make progress in her bid to go solo to the North Pole. She spent much of the day yesterday in white-out conditions, gaining 8 nautical miles in the process. After 13 hours of trekking though, the conditions began to improve and the clouds lifted. Hopefully conditions are much clearer for her today. Her last reported position was at 86 54 00N 56 21 22W, which means she still has some work ahead of her.
Meanwhile, Thomas Ulrich and Børge Ousland continue their epic voyage as well, but have reportedly run into a polar bear already. The pair of arctic explorers were surprised to see a bear so far North, and it has prompted them to set up a fence around their camp at night to keep hungry bears away. They’ve made steady progress as well, despite their own whiteout conditions, having notched 17km over the weekend.
The Polar First Team has made it into Iqaluit on Baffin Island, where they bumped into Will Steger’s Global warming 101 Team who happened to have British Adventurer (and Billionaire) Richard Branson along for the ride. Jennifer Murray reports that the record weather delay in Iqaluit is 42 days, a record they don’t really want to break.
Finally, the results for the Polar Race are in and you can check to see how your favorite team did. I don’t know about you personally, but I was rooting for “The Blue Tits”.
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