In Search of the Cairn

Day 40 Position: N 80° 54′ W 095° 24′ Distance traveled: 27.2 km / 16.9 mi Exactly 110 years and three days ago on May 5th, part of Otto Sverdrup’s team traveled up this coast mapping and surveilling. They reached the location where we are now camped and were forced to turn around because they […]

The Cairn

Sarah’s birthday!Day 41Position: N 81° 01′ W 095° 03′ Distance traveled: 13.7 km / 8.5 mi “l am just going for a little ski trip with Skittish” (One of the dogs on Toby’s team), Tobias said after he had eaten a quick bowl of oatmeal. We found a perfect place for an air strip around […]

Make a difference…

Day 39 Distance traveled: 40 km / 25 mi Position: N 80° 42′ W 096° 01′ What an absolutely incredible day. Waking up this morning, the sun was shining bright with not a breath of wind in the air. The huge mountains beside us stood in full glory as they basked in the suns heat. […]

Otto Sverdrup, 1898-1902

Otto Sverdrup was one of the three great Norwegian polar explorers next to Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen. Sverdrup had joined Nansen on both his crossing of Greenland in 1898 and as Captain of the famous Norwegian expedition vessel Fram during Nansen’s failed North Pole expedition between 1893 and 1996. In 1898, Fram was commissioned […]

Day 36

Day 36 Position: N 79° 58′ W 096° 32′ Distance traveled: 25 km / 15.5 mi Estimated Temperature: -25 °C /-4 °F The sleds are under a lot of pressure. When we are fully loaded they weigh around 750 to 800 lbs. We are running with sleds that are made for rough ice and heavy […]

Stormy Weather

Day 35Position: N 79° 35′ W 096° 37′Distance traveled: 19.2 km / 11.9 mi The south winds tend to bring warm, overcast weather. The last couple of days the clouds have been obscuring our view of the beautiful coast of Axel Heiberg, and we’ve been wishing for a change in winds to blow away the […]

The First Explorers of the High Arctic

The first people to reach Ellesmere Island were the Palaeo-Inuit culture that spread across the Arctic from Alaska about 4,000 years ago. These people were attracted to Ellesmere Island by animals such as musk ox and caribou, but they also practiced coastal sea-mammal hunting in what is now Smith Sound. The descendants of these first […]

Heavy Snow and Little Clothes

Day 34Position: N 79° 35′ W 096° 32′Distance Traveled: 20.6 km So, the days are flying by since we hit the halfway mark. It’s strange to know that in a month’s time we’ll all be back in the real world. I have to say that even though this is extremely exhausting and tough, we are […]