Crossing a lead
The Arctic Arc
Two Belgium explorers on a mission to measure snow depths across the Arctic Ocean ice pack trudged up to the North Pole on April 24, after traveling on foot from the remote north coast of Siberia almost 578 miles in 54 days, according to a dispatch on the expedition website.
After their final exhausting 13-hour ordeal pulling their sleds through drifts, Alain Hubert and Dixie Dansercoer reached the Earth’s boreal crown at 6:30 p.m. GMT ( 10:30 a.m. in Alaska.)
Since leaving Severnaya Zemlya off Siberia at the end of February, the two men had averaged almost 11 miles per day on the first leg of The Arctic Arc. They now face a 500-mile slog to the coast of Greenland for a second leg.
In the end, if they reach their goal of the southern tip of Greenland in June, they will have traveled on foot an unprecedented 2,700 miles.