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Pen Hadow's Arctic Mission
« on: July 25, 2017, 07:01:59 PM »
In a blaze of publicity in the UK media, including the Sunday Times and the BBC, British polar explorer Pen Hadow has announced his attempt to sail to the North Pole this summer. From the "Arctic Mission" web site:

In a few days time British explorer Pen Hadow leads Arctic Mission, an amazing expedition by yacht to explore, discover and share the previously unseen wildlife and ecosystem of the ocean around the North Pole.

This voyage of discovery will also show why the survival of its wildlife may now face serious threats because so much of the summer-time sea ice no longer protects it from commercial exploitation.

So welcome aboard, as we make one of history's most extreme and urgent voyages, putting everything on the line to explore this little-known and now vulnerable ecosystem in our planet's overall life-supporting system.


There's much more info at:

http://GreatWhiteCon.info/2017/07/pen-hadows-arctic-mission-to-sail-to-the-north-pole/

but to summarise, personally I don't think Pen's mission will be plain sailing. By way of one example, here's the current state of a patch of sea ice on the direct route from Nome, Alaska to the Pole:
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Re: Pen Hadow's Arctic Mission
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2017, 08:24:05 PM »
I've seen the footage of both S├ębastien Roubinet's attempts to sail to the North Pole from Alaska, using a special catamaran that can sail over flat ice. In other words, he and his companion can pull it out of the water and then pull it over the ice. You can't do that with a yacht. Even so, Roubinet's attempts failed, mostly due to bad luck, but also because conditions were intensely tough. They had to be evacuated by chopper.

So, at face value, this idea sounds pretty insane. They can't pull the yacht out of the water, so if they're unlucky, they'll be stuck for weeks in the same spot. Never mind when things get really rough in September and October.

I'm going to try and read more about this tonight. Hadow is an experienced Arctic explorer. I can't imagine he's stupid, so maybe he's just gambling on the ice retreating very far north. Which would be stupid.  :D

Thanks for opening the thread, Jim.
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Re: Pen Hadow's Arctic Mission
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2017, 02:47:20 PM »
Pen Hadow and the rest of the Arctic Mission team will be answering questions on Facebook at 7 PM British Summer Time this evening, live from Nome, Alaska:

https://www.facebook.com/events/193909194479252/
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Re: Pen Hadow's Arctic Mission
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2017, 10:13:05 PM »
As anybody who tried to watch the first Arctic Mission livestream from Nome, Alaska will have noticed, they seemed to be lacking adequate bandwidth!

The event has been rescheduled for 8 PM British Summer Time on Monday, August 7th:

https://www.facebook.com/events/331629733946310/

I am assured on Facebook that they will be answering a few questions of mine.
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Re: Pen Hadow's Arctic Mission
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2017, 11:17:36 PM »
Another livestream from Nome, Alaska is due at 8 PM BST tomorrow evening, before a departure on the Arctic Mission scheduled for Friday:

http://GreatWhiteCon.info/2017/07/pen-hadows-arctic-mission-to-sail-to-the-north-pole/#Aug-9

A bumpy ride is in store for Pen Hadow et al. on Saturday:
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Re: Pen Hadow's Arctic Mission
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2017, 11:05:25 PM »
Bagheera and Snow Dragon II will set sail (for the North Pole?) in the small hours of tomorrow morning (UTC):

http://GreatWhiteCon.info/2017/07/pen-hadows-arctic-mission-to-sail-to-the-north-pole/#Aug-14
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Re: Pen Hadow's Arctic Mission
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2017, 10:33:45 AM »
The Arctic Mission live tracking map is operational at last. Here is what it reveals so far:
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Re: Pen Hadow's Arctic Mission
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2017, 04:32:07 PM »
It looks like they were testing their over-land capabilities, right off!   :P
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