Reaching the 87th Degree

Published on 10.04.2007 - North Pole Quest

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The North Pole Quest expedition is not communicating much, probably due to logistical problems.

Despite the many open-water leads they have had to cross beginning of last week, and the terrible ice condition which has forced them to progress with extreme caution, the men from the North Pole Quest have just reached the 87th degree. "There is still one month of expedition left", writes Adrian Hayes in his last press release, "we have 4 degrees behind us and still 3 more ahead..."

Their average progression is most definitely excellent, considering the state of the land – ever since their departure, they have been covering 13,5 km a day. But, it could have been better had they not had, at the end of last week, a huge storm lasting three days and making them move backwards several kilometres. "Wednesday evening, for example" writes Adrian Hayes, "we had covered only 2 nautical miles by the end of the day, even though we had progressed nine hours during the day."

Other information:

  • Position on April 7th: 87.01 N / 67.40 W
  • Temperature: -21°C / -25°C
  • Distance covered on April 7th: 236 nautical miles (437.1 km)
  • Position on April 6th: 86.47.28 N / 67.50 W
  • Temperature: -30°C
  • Distance covered: 222.5 nautical miles (412.1 km)
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