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Wow, it's been a looong time without an arctic expedition - and this one will be nice to watch!


Mike and Borge are not exactly beginners in this area...


As there's no more ice on the fringes, they'll sail North from Alaska to the 85th, then ski, go to the Pole, then jump back on the boat around Spitzbergen... that's quite a plan!!


https://www.mikehorn.com/northpolecrossing/ has it all, and a map!


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Thanks for the heads up DM!

Mike and Borge are not exactly beginners in this area...

Quite so, but this strikes me as a much more hazardous exercise than circumnavigating the North Pole or skiing to the South Pole?

How many of those ~1650 km do you suppose they'll spend swimming?

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It seems Mike and Børge have currently reached as far north as Nome:
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Mike has put up his first blog page - basically assemblying in Nome. Here's a pic of the boat they hope will take them to the edge of the ice.

In the intro they say they hope to get dropped off at near to 85N, north of Alaska. At the moment that looks next to impossible.

The ice edge starts at circa 77N. They might be able to pick their way further north through the ice depending on how broken up it is and of course how good the boat is at ice breaking. But I'm reminded of other recent trips north of Alaska which didnt make much progress north.

Unless they decide to move over to the Russian side. At about 135 E there is open water up to about 82 N and from there head across to the top of Greenland. That'd be a shorter trip !

It's going to be very tricky though with ice so broken up.
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Re: Artic expedition! Mike Horn, Borge Ousland to ski through the North Pole
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2019, 06:32:50 PM »
Screen shot of current tracking map and the boat is north of Wrangel Island.

It looks like they may be headed more to Russian side where there is less ice and they would get further north.

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Re: Artic expedition! Mike Horn, Borge Ousland to ski through the North Pole
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2019, 08:16:13 PM »
If they try to pick their way into the Laptev Bite, they may have a fairly short ski!

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Re: Arctic expedition! Mike Horn, Borge Ousland to ski through the North Pole
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2019, 09:26:48 PM »
Heading to Laptev Bite.
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Re: Artic expedition! Mike Horn, Borge Ousland to ski through the North Pole
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2019, 07:49:34 PM »
Two images based on their current position (circa 79N 157E)

Worldview showing SW winds and slightly positive air temps.

ESRL current ice thicknesses. They are at the black dot and slowly moving west parallel to the first rubbley bits.

They would still have to travel a good bit north to find any ice suitable for skiing ! Maybe they might get out at the pole  :o

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Re: Artic expedition! Mike Horn, Borge Ousland to ski through the North Pole
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2019, 08:06:37 PM »
Not a good place to be right now considering current and developing weather and the state of the ice in that region

https://www.windy.com/-Wind-gusts-gust?gust,81.988,94.754,5,i:pressure,m:fWGaiXf

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Re: Artic expedition! Mike Horn, Borge Ousland to ski through the North Pole
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2019, 10:25:22 AM »
Another place to track their progress: https://www.speedcast.com/mike-horn/

They've reached 80°N.

Let's hope they can't find one can navigate all the way through! Sat images can be misleading...
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Re: Artic expedition! Mike Horn, Borge Ousland to ski through the North Pole
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2019, 08:55:06 PM »
Mike's at 83 N now and it's getting a bit nippy -6 C.

I imagine the ice is still broken there. Not sure how they are going to ski/pick their way between floes.

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Re: Artic expedition! Mike Horn, Borge Ousland to ski through the North Pole
« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2019, 02:41:40 PM »
Not sure how they are going to ski/pick their way between floes.

Neither am I!

Mike's current location:
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Re: Artic expedition! Mike Horn, Borge Ousland to ski through the North Pole
« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2019, 08:59:50 AM »
It appears that anywhere > 85N is Terra Incognita to Speedcast's technology!
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Re: Artic expedition! Mike Horn, Borge Ousland to ski through the North Pole
« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2019, 09:03:13 AM »
'Status OK' while three meters below the sea surface.  ???
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Re: Artic expedition! Mike Horn, Borge Ousland to ski through the North Pole
« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2019, 12:51:18 PM »
'Status OK' while three meters below the sea surface.  ???
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Re: Artic expedition! Mike Horn, Borge Ousland to ski through the North Pole
« Reply #14 on: September 16, 2019, 02:12:11 PM »
'Status OK' while three meters below the sea surface.  ???

Speedcast have assured my Arctic alter ego that they will fix the map "issue":

https://twitter.com/Speedcast_Intl/status/1173473319754117120

They made no mention of the elevation error!
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Re: Arctic expedition! Mike Horn, Borge Ousland to ski through the North Pole
« Reply #15 on: September 17, 2019, 05:39:59 PM »
Their last blog outlines the difficulty with this expedition:

We need to sail as far north as possible without risking to get the boat stuck in the ice, but we also have to sail far enough north to find thick enough ice for Borge and myself to safely start our expedition on. Which is why every degree counts in these conditions. If we do not manage to make it to (or close enough to) 85 degrees North, Borge and I have will have no choice but to give up on our expedition

Lots of images too showing the quality of the ice. Here's one showing the Pangaea plowing through grey ice (10-15cm thick).


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Re: Arctic expedition! Mike Horn, Borge Ousland to ski through the North Pole
« Reply #16 on: September 20, 2019, 08:16:22 AM »
Not much update on this expedition of late.

However I did come across this website which has better detail on their plan (and better map of their route).

https://explorersweb.com/2019/08/26/ousland-and-horn-ready-for-arctic-ocean-crossing/

"Despite walking through the colder temperatures of the Polar Night, Ousland anticipates a lot of open water. He expects to take a dip at some point, so with his usual equipment ingenuity, the Norwegian has designed a harness combining buoyancy and an easy-to-reach holster for his revolver against polar bears"

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Re: Arctic expedition! Mike Horn, Borge Ousland to ski through the North Pole
« Reply #17 on: September 24, 2019, 01:27:09 AM »
They are finally out testing the ice.

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Re: Arctic expedition! Mike Horn, Borge Ousland to ski through the North Pole
« Reply #18 on: September 25, 2019, 12:30:09 AM »
Mike has commented on Instagram :

"Although we are very excited to be starting our expedition, the fact that Pangaea is now the sailboat that has ventured the closest to the North Pole, without the support of an ice breaker, should serve as a reminder of how our world is changing ever so rapidly, especially in the north" 

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Re: Arctic expedition! Mike Horn, Borge Ousland to ski through the North Pole
« Reply #19 on: September 25, 2019, 03:12:37 AM »
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Re: Arctic expedition! Mike Horn, Borge Ousland to ski through the North Pole
« Reply #20 on: September 25, 2019, 07:55:44 PM »
They have left the boat and are on their way across the ice.

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Re: Arctic expedition! Mike Horn, Borge Ousland to ski through the North Pole
« Reply #21 on: October 14, 2019, 10:37:05 AM »
Via Mike Horn's Instagram account:

http://GreatWhiteCon.info/2019/10/facts-about-the-arctic-in-october-2019/#Oct-14

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Today is the last day of sunlight before it sets at the North Pole tomorrow for about 6 months. It was a cold and windy day with a lot of big leads which we had to walk around or cross over.

In [this] photo we can see Borge Ousland getting ready to cross a lead with the setting sun behind him. A beautiful scene but also extremely risky.
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Re: Arctic expedition! Mike Horn, Borge Ousland to ski through the North Pole
« Reply #22 on: October 14, 2019, 11:48:35 PM »
Thanks Jim

I was just about to put up the same image !

But here is a question. Mike mentions he was about 87 N. Should the sun be below the horizon by this date ? I plugged this lattitude into a couple of online solar angle calculators and they are saying max angle is circa -4 degrees ie below the horizon.

To still see the sun you would need to be near 82 N (according to the online calculations).

Or maybe the calculations are not taking into account the flattening at the poles ? 

Edit: Think I will cross post this in the "Stupid Question" Thread