LONNIE POWER TO THE POLES!

Sep 01, 2004
 

 

Troubled when the Yamal stopped a few yards short of the North Pole, Lonnie decided to take the matter into his own hands. (OK, we know it’s a bit of a set up. But hey – even polar explorers enjoy a good laugh every now and again.)Lonnie’s journey to the Pole began on a definite low note. ‘Twenty-three foot waves meant that 70% of the passengers were seasick,’ Lonnie reported. ‘including me.’The shipwide nausea eased considerably when the Yamal encountered the southern extent of the Arctic sea ice halfway past 82 degrees North. From his small cabin window, Lonnie watched as the ship’s hull sliced cleanly through a relatively fresh set of polar bear tracks. It was ironic to see the tracks disturbed in such a manner. Lonnie reflected, ‘It was obvious that there is a new master in the Arctic.’

The trip proved full of valuable insight. Lonnie spent considerable time scouting the ice conditions, talking with the Yamal’s captain and planning with Victor Boyarski (the team’s Russian logistics coordinator). With the Russian logistics and search and rescue plan in place, the team can safely make their way to the Pole next summer. Departure date confirmed: May 11, 2005.

  • Sunday Homecoming
    Jul 14, 2006
  • Hot Times Up North
    Jul 12, 2006
  • First Shower Since May 1st
    Jul 08, 2006
  • Last Day, Last Lunch, Last Camp
    Jul 06, 2006
  • A Tough Decision
    Jul 05, 2006
  • Rest Day – take 2
    Jul 04, 2006
  • Rest Day for the Weary
    Jul 04, 2006
  • Back in the USSR
    Jul 02, 2006
  • The Pole and a Messenger
    Jul 01, 2006
  • Almost
    Jun 30, 2006
  • More Seals?
    Jun 30, 2006
  • Worst to First to Mashed Potatoes
    Jun 28, 2006
  • Making Watery Progress
    Jun 27, 2006
  • A Paddle to the Pole
    Jun 26, 2006
  • Deep Thoughts
    Jun 25, 2006
  • Seals at the Pole?
    Jun 24, 2006
  • One Degree to Go!
    Jun 23, 2006
  • Laughing All The Way
    Jun 22, 2006
  • Happy Summer
    Jun 21, 2006
  • Our New Friend
    Jun 20, 2006
  • R & R
    Jun 19, 2006
  • Seal Sighting
    Jun 18, 2006
  • Nine Hard-Won Miles
    Jun 17, 2006
  • Energy Conservation
    Jun 16, 2006
  • Not Easy
    Jun 15, 2006
  • Chess and Chocolate
    Jun 14, 2006
  • It’s all at 88
    Jun 13, 2006
  • Still Pressured Ice?
    Jun 12, 2006
  • Soft Snow Slow Go
    Jun 11, 2006
  • Snow and Ice
    Jun 10, 2006
  • Six Again and Sun
    Jun 09, 2006
  • Ice Puzzle
    Jun 08, 2006
  • On the Road Again
    Jun 07, 2006
  • Depot Day
    Jun 06, 2006
  • Waiting
    Jun 05, 2006
  • A Day at the Arctic Spa
    Jun 04, 2006
  • Houston We Have 87
    Jun 03, 2006
  • sunny day
    Jun 02, 2006
  • Half Way Birthday
    Jun 01, 2006
  • Poetry
    May 31, 2006
  • It was the best of ice, it was the worst of ice
    May 30, 2006
  • Ski Pole Comms
    May 29, 2006
  • Blizzard at 86
    May 28, 2006
  • Keep North
    May 27, 2006
  • Time
    May 26, 2006
  • A Seal?
    May 25, 2006
  • Rest Day
    May 24, 2006
  • Perspective
    May 23, 2006
  • Bon Appetit
    May 22, 2006
  • Rainbows and ’85’
    May 21, 2006
  • Mud and Ice Mayhem
    May 20, 2006
  • Skiing in the Rain
    May 19, 2006
  • Trail Jargon
    May 18, 2006
  • Vacation Day
    May 17, 2006
  • frida
    May 16, 2006
  • the good, the bad and the great
    May 15, 2006
  • It’s Worse
    May 14, 2006
  • more white out
    May 13, 2006
  • 84
    May 12, 2006
  • Daydream
    May 11, 2006
  • Not Easy
    May 10, 2006
  • Cheese Saves the Day
    May 09, 2006
  • Two Rabbits and a Cardinal
    May 08, 2006
  • Seven on seven
    May 07, 2006
  • Moving Forward
    May 07, 2006
  • May 5, day 5, 5 miles
    May 05, 2006

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