Words Of Advice To Rowers : Go Home

Pond Inlet is going to start freezing over in about a week.

ScreenHunter_348 Aug. 18 05.10

10-Day Temperature Outlook

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98 Responses to Words Of Advice To Rowers : Go Home

  1. @njsnowfan says:

    Good Example is Ilulissat, Greenland. Was Ice Free last week now impassable..

    • stewart pid says:

      Too bad, so sad. How about we all pass the hat and buy them an ice pick so they can chip their way through the thin, soft, slushy, rotten, decayed first year ice 😉
      Chipping their way to Pond Inlet should be easy for this crew of seasoned adventurers (at least according to Reggie … and he knew everything).

  2. hazze says:

    Ive looked at the GPS track…why cant they continue to beachstroll in -10 ? Will go faster if they leave the boat but…hey its a free world.

    • shazaam says:

      A long beach stroll might just end badly for them. The beaches function as the polar bear highway, and a cute cuddly little white polie bear would be more than happy to take a snack break. With the wading team as both the appetizer and the main course.

  3. @njsnowfan says:

    Help is not far behind, Rescue Ship? followed their tracks http://www.sailwx.info/shiptrack/shipposition.phtml?call=OS8154 and seems to be in that area they talked about the Burning Hills. Maybe someone going to stake a clam there. http://mainstreamlastfirst.com/the-smoking-hills-of-franklin-bay/

  4. Crashex says:

    They have to realize that Pond Inlet is an unreachable destination considering their 30 -35 km daily average pace. There is no way they can row through October to get there. They must be working to a Plan B goal; they just haven’t advertised it. If they turn north to cross the strait in the next day or so, then they think they can make Cambridge Bay. With favorable winds, they probably can.

    They get about 6 hours of twilight/dark each day, and that increases by about 15 minutes each night. The warmth of the day radiates away into the night sky and the sun stays low even at midday. Winter snow came early and already covers the northern region of the archipelago. This ain’t 2012; they’ll be seeing snow too, come September.

    • leftinbrooklyn says:

      I think that, for a while now, the goal has been duration, not distance.

      • Mike D says:

        I agree. Their excuse will be, we started late due to such and such a delay, had the wind work against use early on, lost our anchor due to an iceberg which forced us to follow the shore, and all those delays pushed us too late in the season. They will not mention anything about the ice extent compared to last year.

      • There Is No Substitute for Victory says:

        If they get frozen in they may well durate into a permanent Arctic land mark, or at least into a steaming hissing pile of polie bear scat. I hope that isn’t Reggie’s idea for his ice melting blow torch.

        Somehow all this AGW BS seems so like those ignorant missionaries in the 1800s who went running around the Globe slapping loin cloths and Mu-Mus on what the missionaries saw as ignorant savages. I bet that the missionaries of the day saw those people as being in danger of perishing from the Global warming of their time, Hell’s fire.

        I guess Warmism is a religion. However it not a very comforting or useful one.

  5. Crashex says:

    The Canadian Archipelago is about to have a MAJOR upgrade in the amount of MYI for the 2013-2014 season. It will look very much like the long term average.

    Of course, this is the new, decayed, rotten, CO2-polluted MYI. Not like that other, old-style, pure MYI your grandfather used to talk about.

  6. mwhite says:


    “Early Snow Expected in Alaska — ‘UNSEASONABLY COLD AIR MASS’ “

  7. Jimmy Haigh says:

    So will these idiots blame the early cold on global warming?

  8. Fred from Canuckistan says:

    The boys are truly clueless about how ignorant they are of everything about the Arctic.

    Perfect Greenie attitude, bowing and scraping at Gaia’s feet.

  9. margaret berger says:

    All of this is true but thanks to their efforts (judging by my own sampling) pop corn sales have soared! I confess to checking in several times a day to watch this train wreck. It’s the best snow opera we have had since that ship got caught in the ice and had to be rescued.

    • Sleepalot says:

      The longer it goes on, the more I’m enjoying it – it’s like car-crash tv.
      My estimate is that they’ve got roughly as far to go in the next fortnight (to Cambridge Bay) as they went in the last fortnight – only with less daylight. Does anyone know when Cambridge Bay is likely to ice up?

  10. Harold Ambler says:

    I tweeted to them some time ago the following:

    @lastfirst2013 Going into polar bear country with a loaded shotgun and the willingness to use it seems a little anti-bear. Disagree?


    Have yet to receive a response, but it was really only ten days ago. They’re probably just working on the wording. These things are delicate.

  11. Latitude says:

    Plus, at some point they are going to have to make a left turn…and head right into it
    ..it’s blocked

  12. kbray in california says:

    Ludicrous to not have 4 rowing stations as a safety factor.
    They could try having the extra 2 guys sitting on the 2 working rower’s laps.
    See if that helps stimulate the pulling.

  13. kepler says:

    This is a good tracking site for the rowers along with rational discussion.

  14. kbray in california says:

    The boys are going to pass up on a balmy day at the beach in Kugluktuk.
    With global warming I envision this:

    Perhaps they don’t like copper or copper tans.
    Seem to be attempting a crossing to the northern shore.
    Pull hard guys.

  15. Chewer says:

    They’ll be forced to quit at Cambridge Bay…

    • Richard Lynch says:

      They won’t quit. They will keep going. When they get to the end of Victoria Island, they will either be blocked by ice and have to turn back, or they will find the ice has melted and head north, only to have to turn back later.

    • Caleb says:

      That uptick is only halfway back to normal, and is largely due to the southerly flow around a gale east of Iceland pushing warm air towards the pole. That warm flow is far, far away from our rowers. It’s on the wrong side of Greenland.

  16. Michael says:

    Even the odd leftie has balls These guys have them.

  17. Anto says:

    Did you catch their comment on the jetskiers aiming for Greenland, then on to London? Travelling at 50km to 70km/hr? At “night”, with lights on?

    Nice death wish. Titanic, anyone?

  18. Disillusioned says:

    They may be stewpid and misguided, but they have sizeable cojones. They’ve crossed the strait and almost on the north shore. Since they’re in open water, they’re making time, so they’ll be on shore shortly, just in time to meet the friendly Poley bears on Victoria Island.

    • B.C. says:

      What kind of wine whine goes best with roe rower tartare?

      • Sleepalot says:

        I’m thinking something white, with a big nose – a sharp apairoteef, then lashings of Claret of course, and perhaps ending with a shot or two.

    • Gamecock says:

      I’d have to see it to not believe they are being towed/assisted.

    • Disillusioned says:

      They’re headed ‘strait’ toward Lady Franklin Airport. (I don’t believe that’s where they’re headed; they’re going to try and keep going–to Cambridge Bay.)

      • Richard Lynch says:

        They are indeed headed toward Cambridge bay. By the way, you can take a tour of the greater Cambridge Bay metropolitan area by looking it up on Google Maps and selecting street view.

  19. kbray in california says:

    No Stopping the Love Affair With Arctic Joule:

    Pedal to the metal… There’ll Be No Turning Back.

  20. Brian D says:

    Here’s an overall look at basin temps today. Pretty chilly stuff away from the pole now.

  21. Richard Lynch says:

    Wouldn’t you much rather have them be unable to complete their journey because of ice blocking their path than to give up with nothing but clear water in front of them? If you want people to have to confront the irrationality of their beliefs, you have to let them take the consequences.
    Meanwhile, the kayakers, who were once way ahead of the rowers, have taken a couple of days rest and have taken a much longer route than the rowers.

    • Disillusioned says:

      They have two different destinations. The kayakers are not going to Pond Inlet.

    • Gamecock says:

      Are they apostles of CAGW, demanding the destruction of Western Civilization, or are they just paid jocks, mercenaries in the war against Western Civilization? I don’t care; any fate is fine with me. Eaten by polar bears, frozen into the face of Gaia, whatever.

      Bond: “Do you expect me to talk?”
      Goldfinger: “No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die.”

  22. Edmonon Al says:

    Could someone post an updated progress map. I cannot get the tracker on their site to show anything.

  23. Fred from Canuckistan says:

    The boys are sitting off the coast at the former Dew Line site of PIN 3. Another hundred miles, they get to PIN 4 and then another hundred will put them in CAM Main, where if they are smart, they will beach their boat, buy a ticket on a southbound 737 and wait for Oprah to call them so they can be famous.

  24. R. de Haan says:

    Chinese ship on it’s way to cover the North West Passage.

    Current position: http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/default.aspx?

    If they make some speed they could give the rowers a hike.

  25. Fred from Canuckistan says:

    Something to post on their facebook page . . .

    “A novice polar explorer desperately tried to stay alive by hugging his friend for warmth as they were “squeezed by two walls of snow” in an Arctic storm, an inquest heard today.

    Phil Goodeve-Docker, 30, from Ealing, had been attempting a 370-mile unsupported charity walk across Greenland with friends Andy Norman and Roan Hackney when they were hit by a “white-out” and 160 mph winds two days into the 35-day expedition.”

    He should have stuck closer to the Greenland Golf & Country Club.

    Or maybe he was trying to make human flavored Polar Bear popsicles ?


  26. Disillusioned says:

    Speaking of Franklin Point, I just hope the Last Best First Worst team doesn’t turn out to be like the Greely Expedition–we know what happened–some of those sailors began to eat each other. :O

  27. Disillusioned says:

    24 hours later they’re still at the Lady Franklin Airport. I wouldn’t be hanging around the named for and the Lady Franklin Bay (Greely) Expedition too long. It eats me up to think about it.

  28. Disillusioned says:

    Margaret, please pass the popcorn. 🙂

  29. margaret berger says:

    Do you want butter and salt?

  30. Gamecock says:

    The end is near:


    Our waders will make Cambridge Bay, and that’s it.

    “However, we will not make it to Pond Inlet. Though the reasons are beyond our control, it still hurts.” You can’t control stupid.

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