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  • Expedition team members | South Pole 1911-2011
    the world s least studied continent as a showcase to share what we know about research skiing adventuring and polar history The skier Vegard Ulvang born 1963 One of Norway s all time greatest skiers Vegard has 14 World Championship and Olympic medals and has won many competitions in the World Cup He has also undertaken a series of expeditions in various parts of the world More recently he has made a mark as a dedicated proponent of environmental protection The researcher Jan Gunnar Winther born 1962 Director of the Norwegian Polar Institute Jan Gunnar has a PhD in polar hydrology from the Norwegian Institute of Technology and has been involved in polar research for 20 years His specialty is climate studies of glaciers and sea ice In 2007 2008 he led the Norwegian American research traverse to the South Pole a project under the International Polar Year The adventurer Stein P Aasheim born 1951 The nestor of Norwegian adventurers after having scaled peaks including the first Norwegian climb up Mt Everest paddled rivers traversed through deserts and jungles and sailed the seven seas Stein has published a dozen books and created many television programmes The historian Harald Dag Jølle

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  • Question of the day | South Pole 1911-2011
    Answers Winners You are here Home Expedition diary Quiz Question of the day The quiz is now closed Thanks for participating Last week s winners will be drawn shortly See the correct answers to the questions South Pole 1911 2011

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  • The Jubilee Celebration at the South Pole has begun | South Pole 1911-2011
    Aasheim and Børge Ousland So we arrived and were able to raise our flag at the geographical South Pole King Håkon VII s Vidda Thanks be to God Amundsen on this day 100 years ago Read more Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg giving a speech Photo Norwegian Polar Institute Then Prime Minister Stoltenberg gave a speech to all the people at the station gathered around the ceremonial South Pole where he also unveiled a bust of Roald Amundsen cast in ice This outdoor ceremony began with a beautiful rendition of the Norwegian national anthem played on the flute by an American woman who works at the station After that Jan Gunnar shared his thoughts about travelling in Amundsen s tracks for the past six weeks About 300 people participated in the commemoration Later in the day a reception was held for all the Norwegians who have gathered at the South Pole followed by a dinner where Americans also participated Vegard and Harald Dag are still skiing in Amundsen s tracks On Tuesday evening they were 13 5 kilometres behind Amundsen and had 41 kilometres left to ski before reaching the Pole If the weather holds up we expect them to arrive

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  • Quick changes | South Pole 1911-2011
    in the background Photo Stein Tronstad Norwegian Polar Institute They start on the afternoon of 14 December New Zealand time which is during the night between 13 and 14 December Norwegian time The goal we had been striving for all these many months was ultimately beyond our reach If we had started 12 days late instead of 13 we would have made it But that s just the way it goes We made the following decision Jan Gunnar who has official duties to fulfil during the ceremony simply must be at the South Pole Stein who has been struggling for a while will accompany Jan Gunnar Vegard and Harald Dag will ski the last leg aiming to arrive 14 December Norwegian time In that way the Centenary expedition will both be represented during the official ceremony and also retrace Amundsen s entire route We considered this solution to be the best alternative given our situation At the time this is being written Jan Gunnar and Stein have arrived safely at the South Pole and Vegard and Harald Dag are on their way Position S 89 37 279 W 177 30 069 Distance traversed 39 km Distance behind Amundsen 13 5

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  • Jan-Gunnar and Stein P. flown to the South Pole | South Pole 1911-2011
    expedition Photo Norwegian Polar Institute We did what we could to make it in time to the Pole for the centenary celebration Tonight after several days with just a couple of hours rest we realised that it was not possible In theory it could work but not physically This makes the theory irrelevant says Jan Gunnar Winther The Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and Jan Gunnar Winther will communicate directly

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  • The home stretch | South Pole 1911-2011
    and are doing everything in our power to reach the South Pole by the fourteenth We have two days and 80 kilometres to go It ought to be doable Our best day up here It has been calm for most of the day with burning sunshine The going and terrain have been the same Amundsen on this day 100 years ago Read more The Chief is still ahead of us and we re skiing for dear life trying to catch up with him Photo Norwegian Polar Institute Google Earth Helmer Hanssen once wrote The theosophists apparently believe that after we die we come back in some other form For my part I most fervently hope that I do not return as a sled dog on a polar expedition Today this assertion has been rewritten to state that it wouldn t be much fun to be reborn as a modern polar traveller with a severe lack of time Position S 89 16 826 W 178 15 363 Temperature 30 C Wind Calm Elevation 2960 metres Distance traversed 50 km Distance behind Amundsen 22 km Total distance traversed 1231 km Distance remaining to the South Pole 80 km Dec 11 Faith and

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  • Faith and doubt | South Pole 1911-2011
    distances were simply too short Lovely weather Almost calm and partly clear Ca 25 Same fine going and terrain Amundsen on this day 100 years ago Read more The Twin Otter is landing Photo Norwegian Polar Institute But then we got a gift from heaven literally speaking It turns out that Asle T Johansen who had aborted his expedition was heading for the Pole in a Twin Otter and his course took him right over our heads The plane landed nearby and we loaded in quite a bit of gear that we won t be needing these last few days Our optimism increased as our load decreased But even if our speed increased 20 per cent we still have a long way to go 130 km more precisely And tomorrow is 12 December Our strategy now is to cut down on sleep and rest and stake everything on skiing 35 40 km each of the next two days Then we will ski non stop from the evening of 13 December until the afternoon of 14 December Theoretically that might get us to the ceremony in time but nothing is certain If only we had had one more day Position S

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  • Science and records | South Pole 1911-2011
    in his office at Svartskog 1910 Photo Anders Beer Wilse Owner The National Library of Norway bldsa NPRA3129 When Shackleton returned from 88 degrees 23 minutes south no one had any reason to wonder what the pole itself would look like More of the same snow and ice From this perspective one might aver that there was little scientific value in coming to the mathematically precise southernmost point on the globe a scant three years later So what was Amundsen s expedition actually worth That s a question we have discussed frequently during this trip Amundsen himself wrote that the primary goal was to be first to the pole On this little deviation science took care of itself And Sverre Hassel admitted If we weren t the first to the South Pole we might just as well have stayed at home Fridtjof Nansen on the other hand took a broader view when he commented on Amundsen s expedition He considered it a research trail into the heart of the unknown Weather and wind ensured that the actual trail was soon swept away but a scientific trail has been blazed and our knowledge has been enriched Is there necessarily any contradiction between records and research That s another thing we have talked about along the way No one set more polar records that Amundsen but at the same time his expeditions provided important knowledge about our planet One might say that Amundsen s expeditions sailed to sea with a cargo of scientific questions and came home with observations that contributed strongly to the development of geophysics in Norway As we struggle onwards across the abrasive snow following Amundsen s long gone tracks our thoughts go to two interesting current events in Tromsø a seminar on Amundsen at the University of Tromsø

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