North Pole Dash 2000

Polar explorers Dr. Mikhail "Misha" Malakhov and Richard Weber led our trek to the North Pole, an expedition that combines a "journey through Russia" with six challenging days of skiing to the North Pole.

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The route

Here is my story in pictures.

browsing
On-line browsing the web at our Ryazan host Mike's apartment

Ryazan
Our tour of Ryazan included the Kremlin and its cathedrals.

StBasil
St. Basil's cathedral at the end of Red Square.

Subway
The Moscow Subway has incredible art.

Mammoth
Louise and Jim with the mammoth

Group
Group gathered after Gypsy Band Romen performance

unlaoding
Unloading all of our equipment and the fuel supplies for Borneo

borneo
Borneo Ice Station showing the runway and big tents

an26sm
Russian AN-26, the workhorse of Siberia

choppersm
Helicopters provide easy access to any chosen point near the North Pole

ocean
This arial view shows many features of the Arctic Ocean.

Ski
Most of the skiing was easy.

cracks
Crossing cracks offers a new challenge for first time skier Chris.

ridge
Up and over! We did encounter a few pressure ridges.

medical
Dr. Misha attends to Chris' medical needs.

ice
The Arctic Ocean tosses around some mighty big and colorful chunks of ice!

jimski
Crossing cracks works ok if you do not catch the ski tip.

JimRidge
Jim is dwarfed by a lovey pressure ridge.

water
Near the North Pole was much open water. I waited but a seal did not appear.

AllPole
Here is the group at the North Pole!

TibcoPoleVert
Louise holds a TIBCO banner at the North Pole

louisepole
Louise at the North Pole with our heros, polar brothers Richard and Misha.

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Jim at the pole with his Agilent banner.

northpole
The area around the North Pole was very beautiful!

tents
Home away from home is comfortable tents - even at the North Pole.

ladies
The ladies

CalifTeam
Misha and the "warm" California Team couple

Chris
Chris

Josee
Josee

Lise
Lise

Misha
Misha

Richard
Richard

FrenchToast
Josee tirelessly cooks us FrenchToast at Borneo!!!

OnHead
Some people are on their toes, but Kristina is on her head!

lessons
Ski lessons at Borneo from the expert Polar brothers Richard and Misha

landing
Buckle your seat belts to prepare for landing... What seat belts?

model
Kristina models native fur clothing of the Taimyr reindeer people destined for display at the interpretive center at Arctic Watch.

tea
Tea on Russian Orthodox Easter starts with vodka and sweet Russian cakes, then continues with wine, beer and, finally, tea!

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