In the last Canadian outpost of civilization, a tiny place called Resolute Bay, 3 explorers await the start of a journey that may impact us all. Two men and one woman are busy going over last minute gear checks, packing and repacking food, clothing, survival gear etc. A support team is at work too making sure all the little details are covered and everything is a go. The project is called The Catlin Arctic Survey and it is working in partnership with the WWF. They plan to measure the Arctic Ice thickness to help Scientists determine how fast climate change is melting it.
I followed news stories about Ann in 2005 when she made a solo trip to the pole. I also read the stories about her when she made a trip with two other women in 2002. “Against all odds they had become the first all women’s team in the world to ski to both poles.” I plan to follow this one too on my computer via the main website, twitter, facebook & youtube. You’ll find the links here.
In her own words here’s Ann talking about what it was like at the top of the world:
“The North Pole is situated in the middle of an Ocean and not a land mass, which means the ice and terrain I walked across was constantly moving, affected by the currents and wind.
Although, in its essence white, the hues and colors of the ice vary greatly from the purest white, to the most beautiful aqua marine. Even the deepest of blacks are seen as a film of ice begins to develop over a newly opened expanse of water and the inky ocean can be seen below. It ranges from the shiny to the dull and from powdery snow to hard frosty ice. There are huge pressure ridges, sometimes over 30 feet high, small hummocks of ice and of course open water, where the ice has split apart.
The landscape changes constantly as ridges move and pans of ice split apart. It is Mother Nature at its most powerful and for me the most magnificent place on earth.” –Ann Daniels member of Ice Team/Catlin Arctic Survey
Here’s to everyone on the team, good luck & God(dess) speed. I hope what you learn is not as dire as I fear. Your courage and determination is really amazing. I couldn’t do what you’re doing but I’m glad that you can and that you are.
Our world, our planet is being changed so much by us. How we live, what we drive, what our politicians give to corporations by looking the other way. If we are going to let it happen or just not look at it because it’s too big then we must at least look at what it is we will be losing. Maybe it is a step toward really caring enough to make changes in our daily lives. Demand changes from our government(s). This is a chance for you to take a look at an awesome place…our canary in the cave…it is one of the first places to feel the effects of all the carbon we’re dumping into the atmosphere. This is the land of the polar bear…at least for today it is. Who knows what tomorrow may bring. -peace & love, Val