2011 Expedition Will Row to the Magnetic North Pole

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Scottish adventurer Jock Wishart is planning an expedition that will take place next summer, in which he and a small, hand picked team, will set out from Resolute Bay in Canada, and attempt to row to the Magnetic North Pole. Along the way, they’ll cover a distance of 450 miles through some of the harshest conditions on the planet.

According to this story, a specially designed boat is currently being constructed that will allow the team to easily drag it across the ice if necessary, as even in the summer there could be considerable ice flows to contend with. Additionally, a great deal of care is being put into reinforcing the hull and making sure that it is durable, yet light, so that it can stand up to the challenges of the ice while remaining easy to row through the water.

Wishart says that he first became aware of the idea of rowing to the Magnetic North Pole in 2007, when he realized just how much the polar ice was breaking up during the summer months. Global climate change has caused waterways to open in the arctic that didn’t exist a decade ago, and adventurers are now exploring them in a variety of ways.

The Magnetic North Pole should not be confused with the Geographic North Pole, which is the one that most explorers visit during the spring North Pole season. The Magnetic Pole is where our compasses point, and it actually sits further south in the Arctic Ocean and even shifts location a bit over time. At this point, it is still impossible to sail or row to the Geographic North Pole, but if pack ice continues to melt, that may not be out of the question in the future.

Kraig Becker

4 thoughts on “2011 Expedition Will Row to the Magnetic North Pole”

  1. The Magnetic NP is moving all the time, it's close to the Geo NP now. Usually the expeditions go now not so far to the Magnetic NP location of 1996.
    Which means, if you are a purist that no one (I guess) has reached the MNP is the past 14 years as going to a wrong place. Of course considreing we know where it's located (we only measure so not really accurate)

  2. To portray this as a pole is quite wrong as next year the position of the Magnetic Pole will be N85°15'36"
    W134°3'36" according to the scientists. This is 544 miles from where Joch and his team end up. This sort of ridiculous spin does the British adventurer/explorer no good at all in the eyes of the rest of the world! I suppose the BBC will make a TV programme of it too! I expect more of you Joch!

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