One degree in five days

Published on 06.04.2007 - The Arctic Arc

Heavy sledge

Heavy sledge

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Despite the small problems encountered, the Arctic Arc team is progressing at a steady pace. They just travelled another degree in just five days.

87°04'36" N / 87°31'33": only three degrees to go to reach the Pole ! Alain sounded quite happy when he announced to us yesterday that they had just passed the 87th degrees.

If we look at the progress made so far on the PDF document listing day by day progression data, we can see that, even though they lost a bit of time here and there, the two Belgians have done a really good job.

Yesterday was their 36th day, for a total of 659 Km, which amounts to a mean daily progress of 18.4 Km. Only 325 Km to go to reach the Pole and a mighty distance of 3.536 Km to their ultimate goal: the southernmost tip of Greenland.

During the last few days, temperature rose a little: -17°C in the morning and -23°C in the evening. The permanent presence of the sun in the skies also gives the two men a huge moral boost. The weather is also less cloudy, which helps with recharging the batteries using the mended solar panels. As a consequence, they have taken a lot more pictures and they will soon be able to send them back via satellite connexion. We hope to be able to publish these soon ... we know you are all eager to see them.

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