In February 2023, I will spend 8-10 weeks on 4 separate polar expeditions in the Arctic, including a journey to the North Pole.

"Polar exploration is at once the cleanest and most isolated way of having a bad time which has been devised."

Polar explorer Apsley Cherry-Garrard

Polar training in the Arctic

The video above was taken while I was in Antarctica. It will give you a small taste of polar life.

In February 2023, I will embark upon my final training expedition before the biggest battle of my entire life later that year. All my previous expeditions have been leading up to this. I will share the details soon.

In preparation for that daunting journey, I will spend 69 days in the Arctic wilderness in the winter and spring of 2023.

The plan is to do 4 separate mini polar expeditions, all back to back.

Here is the current plan:

– 30+ days solo in Northern Norway

– 10 days with a group in Svalbard

– 2 weeks solo in Northern Norway

– 10 days skiing the last degree to the North Pole on the Arctic Ocean

Once I set foot on the ice, there will be a live tracker on this page so you can join me on this magnificent journey on the top of the world.

Pictures and updates will be coming in here soon…

Expedition Journey

A live tracker of my journey will go here when I set foot on the ice…

Axel Heiberg Journal

31 – Why do we fall?

While recovering and waiting, I’ve been reading polar books, chatting with other explorers here and had a logistics talk with a member of the ALE team. All to start working towards the big expedition everything I am doing now is leading up to… And holy shit! For starters, this is physically, mentally and spiritually demanding at a level that borders on the absurd, much more so than even I could have imagined. In addition to that, it is an extremely daunting logistical challenge as well

30 – The toughest challenge with frostbite

chomping at the bit to get back out again. From time to time, I find myself thinking, maybe I could still do the North Pole. But no, I absolutely cannot 🙂 Not with how black my 2 fingers got.

29 – What I am most proud of…

While I am a bit disappointed from time to time, overall I’m in great spirits and the plan hasn’t changed one bit. All that’s changed is the timeline. I may not have reached the South Pole this time, but I will be back and am still damn proud of what I did achieve out there…

28 – The worst part about being evacuated early

It’s been challenging and humbling readjusting to life being unable to use these 3 fingers. I can’t put any pressure on them at all or they will get worst. So everything is taking a bit more time to do than it usually would.

27 – I owe a debt of gratitude

I feel immense gratitude to be surrounded by such amazing human beings. These men and women who all looked out for me in the last couple of days are a testament to the human spirit at its finest.

26 – My trip is over…

The call was then made for me to be evacuated. Right now I believe they can still heal. But the doctor said if I expose these fingers to the cold any more, I’d lose them.

25 – I am the storm

We woke up this morning to the wind continuing to hammer our tent. The temperatures dropped and the wind got even stronger. It was too dangerous for us to move, so now we’re tent bound for another day.

24 – An intense 1st day on the plateau

We woke up this morning to 25-30 knot winds hammering our tent. The extreme wind was less than ideal, but we thought we’d give it a shot and get moving. It did not go well…

23 – We did it!

110 years ago today, Roald Amundsen became the first person ever to reach the South Pole. He pioneered a new route from the Bay of Whales up the Axel Heiberg glacier to the Pole. And today, 110 years later, following in his legendary footsteps, we have successfully climbed the Axel Heiberg glacier. It is a special feeling to have done it on this very momentous day in polar history…

22 – Standing by for the sun

We got to the base of the climb after 1 shift of skiing. I was super excited and about to go back into my “cage.” Then suddenly the clouds swarmed in around us… We are now back in our tent, it is snowing outside and we’re in a whiteout. On the plateau, it would be fine to move in these conditions. But we can’t move up the crevassed glacier with zero visibility.

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