| North Pole Solo

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REACHING THE ARCTIC CAPE

The remote Arctic Cape is about a thousand kilometres north of the nearest airstrip. A 4-hour Mi8 helicopter flight is required from Khatanga, Siberia to get there. Inge will fly to Moscow and on to Khatanga via Norilsk. With favourable weather conditions, it will take around 3-4 days to reach the start point.

GETTING IN TO A DAILY ROUTINE

Inge plans to step on to the ice from land. He will haul a pulk weighing between 110kg and 120kg laden with all the food, clothing and equipment he will need. His first objective will be to get in to a daily routine. Skiing, sleeping and eating will take place at the same time each day so his body begins to work more efficiently.

 
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NAVIGATING THE ICE

One of the most challenging aspects of a North Pole journey is the ice itself. It’s constantly shifting and breaking apart to create open water in some places, and pressure ridges in others. Inge will have to navigate his way through and around these energy-sapping obstacles. Where necessary, he will put on a dry suit to cross large stretches of open water.

FOOD AS FUEL

Inge will burn around 10,000 calories per day. An ordinary person burns around 2,000 calories per day. To maintain his energy levels and minimise weight in his pulk, Inge will pack very calorie-dense food. Freeze dried options are preferred as they can be hydrated with boiled ice. He will take a special homemade nut paste and carry a selection of treats for morale.

 

 “I take immense care when crossing open water leads. Better to be warm and dry than wet and cold.”

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DAILY SKIING DISTANCE

Depending on the ice conditions, Inge will hope to cover 30-40km each day. He will ski and haul for around 10-12 hours a day. If this pace can be maintained then Inge stands a good chance of reaching the pole in record time. Expedition HQ in London will be monitoring his progress closely via the GPS tracker and daily phone calls.

Polar Bears

There’s a chance that Inge could encounter a polar bear, especially in the early stages of the expedition. Normally, if bears come too close, they can be scared away with a loud noise or a flare. In an extreme situation where a polar bear is hungry and attacks, Inge has a firearm to defend himself.

 
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REACHING THE POLE

As soon as Inge reaches 90° North then he will stop and celebrate. Within a few minutes however, the ice he will be standing on will have moved away. Inge will then set up camp and call Barneo, the ice station around 100km away. Barneo will send their Mi8 helicopter to pick Inge up within 24 hours.

Barneo & Returning Home

Having transferred to Barneo, Inge will catch the next available flight to Svalbard. He will rest before returning home to Oslo and then London.