The old guys have done it!
26 April, 2006 90.0000N
Well, the old guys have done it in 52 days and 12 hours arriving at the Pole 21:30 Canada time. No skis, no dry suits for crossing open water leads, just a pair of snowshoes, making us the first to try this way getting to the North Pole.Snowshoes are definitely better in the rough ice in the early stages of the expedition but we lost time in the second half of the expedition when the terrain was more open.
Today we pushed hard for 16 hours to finish before the new moon on the 27th April, which creates high tides that crack open the ice.
One comment we would make is that global warming is true and the Arctic ice is changing. The ice is thinner, we experienced May weather in April and the ice was much more broken up with lots of open water. This was the worst ice that Richard had seen in 20 years and this is backed up by the Polar Shelf Research Project and also the weather station at Resolute that has 18 years experience of monitoring ice.
Our bodies are very tired but we are both very satisfied and pleased with our efforts. We have also enjoyed each other's company.
Our thanks to our main sponsor Northgate PLC, other supporters and all who have taken an interest.
24 April, 2006
After only one rest day in 30, our bodies are tired and snowshoes definitely require more energy than skis, sapping even more strength. We certainly are using all our 7000 calories daily.
RACE AGAINST TIME!!
21 April, 2006
The next few days will be a race against time, to reach the Pole before our pick-up deadline.
The unseasonably bad weather of 17 days of virtually zero visibility in April has made us decide
15 miles in 15 hours
17 April, 2006
Thin ice and open water have caused delays and major detours. We have no skis and only snowshoes, that, although fantastic in rough ice, are not as good as skis when trying to cross thin ice. We confi