Icetrek North Pole Ski Expedition 2015

Apr 19

#23:
We have the Pole

Published at 18:18
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Just as we thought our final day would be a pushover another blizzard struck overnight, the fiercest I've seen here in 13 years of North Pole expeditions. The wind gusted at over 40kn and the air was filled with drift snow.

Just after leaving camp a brooding lead confronted us, covered in blankets of fresh snow and waves from the wind. Luckily we could outflank it after 30 minutes of skiing to the east.

If we didn't look so ludicrous swamped in spindrift, our snack break would have been a miserable affair.

The second session was all or nothing, we needed to reach the pole without taking another break and rocked up at 90N just as the wind started to abate and glimpses of sun beamed through. Ice festooned our face masks as we high fived then quickly set up camp, the most northerly people on earth. Heath and Seamus have become I think the 6th and 7th Australians to have skied to both poles, and Nacer the first Moroccan to the North Pole. Congratulations fellas!

Now we await a helicopter to bring us back to Barneo but that will likely be tomorrow judging by the persistent wind and poor vis.
Eric

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    2015-04-23 04:07:43 Lexi says: Apologies for my typos!
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    2015-04-23 04:00:54 Lexi and Sean says: Congrats Heath!!! (And you other amazing North Pole Explorers) What an amazing accomplishment! You should be so proud, we are for you! We can't wait to hear about when we catch up next time we're in Aus... Or Colorado! Lexi and Sean ❤️
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    2015-04-21 09:19:55 Darilyn S says: Well done!! What an achievement! So proud of you Seamus. Can't wait to see pictures and hear all about it.
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    2015-04-21 07:12:34 Parks says: Who did the navigation? I am presuming it wasn't the little fella. Well done to the girls and boys. A great achievement. Warm beers back in London to celebrate.
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    2015-04-21 05:56:21 Monika says: Heath, I just caught up with Aga for lunch she was very excited for you and told me to check out the blog I hope to see you both when you get back for dinner
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    2015-04-20 23:02:52 Kate Philp says: Fantastic achievement all! But well done to H&S for getting Eric there xx
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    2015-04-20 09:43:15 Judd and Tammy says: Congrats guys- sensational effort!
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    2015-04-20 08:47:00 Aga says: Proud of you Heath! Congrats again to everyone! Was soooo nice to hear you! Look forward having you back home soon & celebrate (so many things now, hey!) Look forward photos!! Love you!
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    2015-04-20 08:01:13 Tom Smit says: Congrats guys, well done! Will call you when you are back in Tassie Eric! Enjoy the blizzard!!
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    2015-04-20 07:49:21 Lyn and Herman says: Well done, fantastic trip thanks for the blogs riveting reading from our comfortable lounge chair, safe journey home to you all.
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    2015-04-20 07:42:41 Dags says: Just catching up fella's. Many many congrats to you all, what an amazing achievement from a couple of top blokes and a bloke that's like a human but slightly smaller ! Seriously delighted for you both and will be back in London celebrating on your behalf. Great stuff - beers await. Dags
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