Weber: North Pole ahoy!
Published on 13.04.2010 - Richard Weber North Pole Expedition
The expedition's forced march schedule started up a few days ago (see our update for 1st April) is paying dividends and Richard Weber's men were only 90 kilometres from their goal on Sunday.
After a week of non-stop effort and some major difficulties, not to mention the usual ups and downs and close calls ÂÂÂ like today (10th April), when they found themselves marooned on a sort of floating ice cube. Luckily they were heading in the right direction in open water where they couldn't even see the other side and with waves all around them. Little by little, though, the men arrived safely.
Feeling like racing thoroughbreds, they are covering incredible distances each day. One example was 10th April, when they progressed 33 kilometres after a forced march of 11 hours. It has to be said that luck is on their side for the time being and that conditions for travelling have improved significantly over the past few day -including the weather, which is set fair.
In view of everything, they have scheduled the next few days so that they can arrive at the North Pole on Tuesday 13th April at the end of the day. As you can imagine, the group's morale is sky-high. Their various followers and family members have already left Canada to greet them when they arrive in Spitzbergen.