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Meet Pat Farmer, The Aussie Who Ran 20,919 Kilometers From Pole To Pole

Meet Pat Farmer, The Aussie Who Ran 20,919 Kilometers From Pole To Pole Jun 21st, 2013 at 10:00AM: Just weeks before Pat Farmer was scheduled to depart for a 20,919-kilometer run from the North to the South Pole, his major sponsor pulled out and he was faced with a choice: give up his dream to be the first man to run Pole-to-Pole or sell everything he owned to finance the expedition. Farmer, a 51-year-old Aussie who jokes he's been having mid-life crises since he ran his first ultra-marathon at...

Antarctica's Tallest Peak Captured, North Pole Not So Much

Antarctica's Tallest Peak Captured, North Pole Not So Much Dec 4th, 2012 at 2:00PM: Antarctica is our planet's southernmost continent and home to the South Pole, permanent manned research stations, penguins and an occasional adventure cruise ship expedition. This time of year, a lot of attention traditionally goes to Earth's North Pole, home of Santa and the gang. But NASA's DC-8 flying laboratory recently passed over Antarctica's tallest peak, Mount Vinson, as we see in this...

Ultrarunner To Attempt Round-Trip North Pole Expedition On Foot

Ultrarunner To Attempt Round-Trip North Pole Expedition On Foot Sep 27th, 2012 at 8:00AM: While one famous British explorer prepares to take on the Antarctic in the dead of winter, another is gearing up to challenge himself in the Arctic instead. Last week, endurance runner Tim Williamson announced that in 2013 he will attempt to travel solo and unsupported to the North Pole and then return to his starting point – completely on foot. If successful, he'll become the first person...

Svalbard, Norway On A Budget

Svalbard, Norway On A Budget Jun 14th, 2012 at 11:00AM: It's impossible to travel to Svalbard on a budget according to an orthodox definition of budget travel. The standard shoestring repertoire (student train passes, cheap fast food or street food, sleeping in train stations or parks) is next to impossible to carry out in this arctic Norwegian territory. You could come to Svalbard with your own gear and attempt to camp in the wilderness, but...

Norwegian Couple Gets Married At The North Pole

Norwegian Couple Gets Married At The North Pole Apr 14th, 2012 at 8:00AM: I've heard of lavish destination weddings before but this story pretty much tops them all. Earlier this week a Norwegian couple was married at the North Pole. The handsome groom and his blushing bride, dressed in traditional clothing, were joined by a small group of their closest friends at the top of the world. The 30-minute ceremony was performed by a Lutheran minister under a makeshift cross...

Explorer Mark Wood reaches South Pole, completes first half of journey

Explorer Mark Wood reaches South Pole, completes first half of journey Jan 17th, 2012 at 8:00AM: Back in November, we told you about British adventurer Mark Wood, who was preparing to set out on an epic adventure. Mark was hoping to become the first person to make back-to-back journeys to the North and South Pole on foot, and at the time he was getting ready to travel to Antarctica to start his expedition. Fast forward a few months, and Wood has now reached the South Pole, successfully...

Explorer to make back-to-back journey to North and South Pole

Explorer to make back-to-back journey to North and South Pole Nov 13th, 2011 at 9:00AM: British adventurer Mark Wood is currently in Punta Arenas, Chile where he is preparing to start an epic journey. If all goes as planned, later this week, Mark will fly to the Antarctic, where he'll begin a four-month odyssey that will take him to both the North and South Poles back-toback. While he certainly won't be the first person to visit those two remote places, he does hope to become the...

Swedish explorer hopes to go Pole2Pole in one year

Swedish explorer hopes to go Pole2Pole in one year Apr 9th, 2011 at 8:00AM: Earlier this week, Swedish explorer Johan Ernst Nilson set out on an ambitious, 12-month long journey that will see him travel from the North Pole to the South Pole in a completely carbon neutral manner. The so called Pole2Pole will use skis, dogsleds, sailboats, and a bike to accomplish its goals. This past Tuesday, Nilson was shuttled by helicopter to the North Pole, where he embarked on his...

Prince Harry begins arctic trek

Prince Harry begins arctic trek Apr 6th, 2011 at 8:00AM: Way back in January we posted a story about the possibility of Britain's Prince Harry going to the North Pole as part of a fund raising effort for charity. While the prince won't actually be heading to 90ºN as predicted, he did embark on an Arctic trek this week with a team of disabled veterans from the U.K. After a number of weather delays, Harry and the rest of his group, were finally...

16-year old looks to become youngest to North Pole

16-year old looks to become youngest to North Pole Mar 20th, 2011 at 8:00AM: 16-year old Parker Liautaud has set some rather large goals for himself. While many young men and women his age are concerned with getting good grades and who they'll be taking to the dance on Saturday night, Parker is busy planning and training for an expedition to the North Pole. His second such expedition in fact. Liautaud is hoping to become the youngest person to travel to the Pole on...

Explorer Ben Saunders gears up for North Pole speed run

Mar 17th, 2011 at 10:00AM: This fantastic video provides a glimpse into the equipment and preparation necessary for a solo speed run to the North Pole. Ben Saunders, a world class athlete and explorer, will attempt to break the North Pole speed record on his 487 mile journey from Cape Discovery in Canada. No stranger to the pole, Saunders has seen his share of polar expeditions and will be setting out completely...

Is Prince Harry going to the North Pole?

Is Prince Harry going to the North Pole? Jan 16th, 2011 at 8:00AM: British Prince Harry has always had a bit of an adventurous spirit. The young man has served his country in Afghanistan and is currently training to become an Apache helicopter pilot. But if the 26-year old has his way, he may be off on an adventure of entirely different kind, as he is currently training to go to the North Pole on foot with a group of disabled vets. The expedition is called...

Ten Great Adventure Travel Destinations For 2011

Ten Great Adventure Travel Destinations For 2011 Jan 5th, 2011 at 8:00AM: With another holiday season behind us at last, it is time to start looking to the year ahead and firming up our travel plans. If you haven't already made your preparations for 2011, and you're looking for something a bit more adventurous this year, then perhaps we can suggest a few destinations that might meet your needs. Last year, when we shared our list of top adventure travel destinations...

Blog Your Way To The North Pole

Blog Your Way To The North Pole Dec 2nd, 2010 at 8:00AM: Travelers with an adventurous side have a great opportunity to score the trip of a lifetime thanks to a new contest from Quark Expeditions, who invite you to Blog Your Way To The North Pole. The contest, which runs until February 15th, 2011, will award one lucky winner a trip for two to the top of the world that is valued at more than $54,000. Much like Quark's Blog Your Way To Antarctica...

Explorer visits "three poles" in one calendar year

Explorer visits Oct 18th, 2010 at 12:30PM: Last Friday, polar explorer and mountaineer Eric Larsen completed a rare fall summit on Mt. Everest. For most climbers, that would be a big enough accomplishment for any given year, but for Larsen, it was simply the third, and final, leg of a major expedition that saw him become the first person to reach both the North and South Pole, as well as the summit of the highest mountain on the planet, in...

Australian ultrarunner to attempt pole-to-pole run

Australian ultrarunner to attempt pole-to-pole run Sep 16th, 2010 at 8:30AM: Australian ultramarathon runner Pat Farmer has announced that he plans to run from the North Pole to the South Pole in an attempt to raise money for charity. The endurance athlete, who once served a decade as a member of Australia's parliament, has already completed long distance runs around and across his home country, as well as across the United States twice. The expedition will get underway...

Explorers prepare to sail around the North Pole

Explorers prepare to sail around the North Pole May 31st, 2010 at 8:00AM: In a few weeks time, Norwegian explorers Borge Ousland and Thorleif Thorleifsson will set out on a daring expedition in an attempt to become the first people to sail around the North Pole, a feat that has only become possible in recent years thanks to global climate change. The two men will have to successfully navigate both the Northeast and Northwest Passages if they want to accomplish their...

Explorer claims second of "three poles"

Explorer claims second of Apr 30th, 2010 at 8:00AM: We've mentioned Eric Larsen and his Save The Poles Expedition on more than one occasion here at Gadling. He's the explorer who has set out to become the first person to visit the "three poles" in one calendar year, with the three poles being the North and South Geographic Poles and the summit of Mt. Everest. Last week Larsen took another major step in his quest by reaching 90ºN, otherwise...

Explorer attempts solo balloon flight over North Pole

Explorer attempts solo balloon flight over North Pole Apr 5th, 2010 at 2:30PM: Explorer Jean-Louis Etienne already has two solo expeditions of the North Pole under his belt. First was his 63 day hike by foot back in 1986. Then in 2002, Etienne drifted alone on the Artic Sea for four months in a specially-designed research pod. Now the determined explorer is planning the third part of his solo Artic exploration "trilogy," with plans to pilot a helium-air balloon back over the...

Polar explorer sets out for second pole

Polar explorer sets out for second pole Mar 8th, 2010 at 9:00AM: We've mentioned Eric Larsen a couple of times in the past few months. First, when he set off on his Save the Poles expedition, and again when he reached the South Pole, the first of three extreme destinations he has planned for this year. During the course of 2010, Larsen expects to reach all three "poles", which includes both the North and South Geographic Poles, as well as the summit of Mt....

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