[Vision2020] Fwd: RE: North Pole Arrival Imminent!
ttrail at moscow.com
Tue May 8 13:44:51 PDT 2007
> > >
>> >It is not often that one can follow the adventures of modern day
>> >explorers. You now have that opportunity. To
>> >celebrate the International Polar year 2007-08,
>> >Dixie Dansercoer and Alain Hubert are traversing
>> >from Siberia to Greenland on
>> >skis. As part of their journey, they
>> >participate in a full educational program.
>> >They are undertaking a range of scientific
>> >studies, taking measurements and samplings in
>> >order to contribute to several polar research
>> >Up until now, major crossings of the Arctic have
>> >traditionally begun at Cape Arktishewski in
>> >Siberia, and ended on Ellesmere Island - thus
>> >covering a distance of about 1700 kilometres.
>> >The trajectory followed by the two
>> >explorers is significantly longer, ending at the southernmost tip of
>> >and requiring them to travel some 4300 km. Such a feat has never before
>> >undertaken in the Arctic.
>> >The expedition started in February 2007 and is
>> >expected to last until June 2007. At the end of
>> >February, the team left the icy grounds of
>> >Svernaya Zemlya Archipelago and should arrive if
>> >plans go well in Narssarssuaq one hundred and
>> >ten days later.
>> >Dixie Dansercoer was an American Field Studies student from Belgium from
>> >1980-81 and attended Moscow High School. He lived with my family and
>> >a close friend of our son, Mark. Our family attended his wedding in
>> >Belgium. Dixie headed up two expeditions across the Greenland Icecap--
>> >one on mountain bikes with studded tires (an idea he picked up in
>> >Dixie and his colleague, Alain, in 2002 crossed Anarctica, by using
>> >skiis and parasails and hauling 200 lbs. each of supplies by pulling
>> >It took them about 100 days to cover more than 3,500 miles ending their
>> >journey at McMurdo Base. The first person to greet them was Joel Foy,
>> >a Moscow High School graduate and our next door neighbor.
>> >Dixie will be honored this coming October as Belgium's Outstanding
>> >Explorer of the past 100 years.
>> >You can follow their adventures by connecting to
>> >http://arcticarc.org and get audio updates on
>> >Tom Trail
> > >
> > >
Dr. Tom Trail
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