Catlin Arctic Survey

This scientific endeavour begins in early February 2009. The expedition is being led by highly experienced polar explorer Pen Hadow. Accompanying him will be Ann Daniels, one of the world's foremost female polar explorers and Martin Hartley, leading expedition photographer.


Below are all the news we published about the Catlin Arctic Survey expedition

  • Catlin Arctic Survey : it’s abandoned

    Published on 14.05.2009

    When the trio was still 490 kilometres from the North Pole, and after a 73-day trek, Pen Hadow, Ann Daniels and Martin Hartley threw in the towel. Two Twin Otters were needed for recovering them...

  • The countdown has begun

    Published on 11.05.2009

    Now that the ice is melting rapidly in the area around Ward Hunt, the countdown phase for the end of Pen Hadow's expedition has begun in earnest.

  • “Today the clouds were dancing…”

    Published on 04.05.2009

    Pen Hadow's team of three is in the process of searching for an area of flat ice that can be used as a landing strip for the Twin Otter from Resolute Bay that is scheduled to fly in the expedition's second set of fresh supplies.

  • First readings

    Published on 28.04.2009

    Although the trio has not yet reached its goal, it has already started publishing the first results of the observations it took during the first part of the expedition.

  • Minor technological setbacks…

    Published on 21.04.2009

    Expedition HQ has announced that the group may not make it all the way to the Pole on account of a few minor problems encountered with the scientific equipment being used to carry out measurements and readings on the ice.

  • The mystery of the yellow bean…

    Published on 14.04.2009

    Pen Hadow had never seen anything like it in his entire career as a polar explorer. A yellow stain, the size of a big fat bean, trapped in the ice...

  • “Eating hot croissants on a café terrace in Paris…”

    Published on 06.04.2009

    It was 5th April: Pen Hadow simply couldn't get out of his head the strong desire to be sitting outside a café in Paris, reading the papers and eating hot croissants...

  • Suffering in silence

    Published on 30.03.2009

    The reports coming back from Pen Hadow's expedition are lifting the curtain somewhat on some of the suffering the team members are having to endure: cold, rotten terrain, wind, etc.

  • “The body of a weak and feeble woman, but the heart of a king…”

    Published on 23.03.2009

    A dispatch in which we speak of the Invincible Armada of Philip II of Spain, of a rousing speech delivered by Elizabeth I of England, of malfunctioning camera buttons and frozen muscles.

  • Ann Daniels : “Its soul-destroying…”

    Published on 19.03.2009

    Pen Hadow's expedition set out from 81° 05' N / 130° W. They have approximately 1 000 kilometres to cover before they reach the North Pole. And thousands of readings and measurements to carry out while on the pack-ice.

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