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A race against time updates

  • The team land safely on British soil

    Team arrive safe

    30th April 2016 Comments (13) Blog

    Yesterday the team landed safely at Heathrow airport. Their epic journey through natures freezer took them through fields of ice boulders, across open stretches of fatally cold sea, over giant ice cliffs and finally, to the North Pole. The only British team to reach the North Pole this year could not have done it

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  • Sir Ranulph Fiennes congratulates the team

    Ranulph Fiennes

    26th April 2016 Comments (7) Blog

    NORTH POLE 16: The Race Against Time team are back safely from the ice! The team are safe and sound on terra firma. Over the next few weeks they will be posting films, quotes, photographs and an expedition analysis of our journey. From all three of us, “We did the best we could with the …

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  • The team have reached the North Pole!

    25th April 2016 Comments (10) Blog

    The Race Against Time expedition team have finally reached the North Pole after a gruelling 13 day trek through one of the harshest environments on the planet. Mark Wood, Mark Langridge and Paul ‘Vic’ Vicary have reached the North Pole. After trekking for 4 hours today across rough terrain including ice

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  • The final night on the Arctic Ocean

    25th April 2016 Comments Off on The final night on the Arctic Ocean Blog

    Mark W reports on the teams final night on ice during the Race Against Time Expedition: Polar explorer Mark Wood updated last night on the teams progress towards the North Pole. An unforgiving day crossing huge ice fields and the biggest open lead yet – 3 or 4 football pitches across. The team would like

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  • The light of Aurora

    Aurora

    24th April 2016 Comments (4) Blog

    When I read of the North Pole 2016 having finally reached the Arctic, I wondered if they would be able to see the infinite night skies lit with the magnetic colours of Auroras. Aurora Borealis, or ‘northern lights’ in the north, and Aurora Australis, or ‘southern lights’ in the south, have been observed to

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  • The team have found Father Christmas!

    24th April 2016 Comments (6) Blog

    Vic reports on day 11 of the Race Against Time expedition, Strangely warm day around -10C. 8 hours trekking today. Reached a huge expanse of water, which is bizarre so close to the North Pole. Covered 11 nautical miles. 15 miles to go to reach the North Pole. The team have found Father Christmas! They …

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  • This expedition is on thin ice

    NASA

    23rd April 2016 Comments Off on This expedition is on thin ice Blog

    We have seen how warming climate has affected the planning for the Race Against Time expedition, with cracking ice impairing the runway at Barneo. Longyerbyen has experienced temperatures of 10C or above the normal average from December 2015 to February this year. The consequence has been record low sea ice levels, to

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  • The last big pressure ridge?

    23rd April 2016 Comments Off on The last big pressure ridge? Blog

    The team crossed a big pressure ridge today. Could this be the last ice wall they need to climb? You can read more about pressure ridges in our previous blog post – What is a pressure ridge? They covered a distance of 12 nautical miles today which equates to about 14 regular miles. They are …

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  • Mark W reports team are clear of the boulderfields

    22nd April 2016 Comments (2) Blog

    Mark Wood reports on day 9 of the Race Against Time expedition: Latest update from the Arctic Ocean, today was a cold day with high winds creating -30 temperatures, 3 or 4 days from the pole. Boulder fields in the morning opening up to clear ice. 11 nautical miles covered, with 38 nautical miles to …

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  • Crossing ‘an amphitheatre of ice’

    21st April 2016 Comments (5) Blog

    Vic reports on day 8 of the Race Against Time expedition: The team soldiered on through ‘an amphitheatre of ice’ today. A lack of sun made it hard to navigate early in the day. They are now aching but safe having covered 10 nautical miles, a fantastic result in tough conditions. They have also found,

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