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(BBC)   Tell me if this sounds familiar: British team, upon hearing of Norwegian team's plan to reach the south pole, decide to try it first. The twist: Mid-winter, with ground penetrating radar and bulldozers   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 40
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2012-09-17 08:45:00 AM
blogs.coventrytelegraph.net
 
2012-09-17 10:44:02 AM
Hey Sweden!
 
2012-09-17 10:58:33 AM
That dude is a bad-ass.
 
2012-09-17 10:58:41 AM
So someone finally decided to reach the actual ground at the South Pole, instead of merely the surface of the ice?

tl;dr
 
2012-09-17 11:00:37 AM
dr

"they will raise money for charity - this time for Seeing is Believing, an initiative to fight avoidable blindness."

If only there were a way for the British to avoid snow blindness.
 
2012-09-17 11:03:06 AM
"Past feats have seen him go pole to pole"

Tried that once. It's only uncomfortable when you look them in the eyes.
 
2012-09-17 11:09:16 AM
What is with the British and doing things pole to pole?

Link
 
2012-09-17 11:12:03 AM
That didn't end too well last time:

www.wired.com
 
2012-09-17 11:15:15 AM
They may be gone for some time.
 
2012-09-17 11:17:22 AM
Ernest Shackleton again?
 
2012-09-17 11:22:24 AM

kokomo61: That didn't end too well last time:

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www.ruwhim.com
 
2012-09-17 11:23:29 AM
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-09-17 11:24:08 AM
Rings some bells...

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2012-09-17 11:24:40 AM
To be fair, the British have a long and storied history of getting pwned by Vikings, I mean Norwegians.
 
2012-09-17 11:27:52 AM
Who gets to fight the lion?
 
2012-09-17 11:31:29 AM

illannoyin: What is with the British and doing things pole to pole?

Link


What is it with Men Without Hats being Canadian?

/still like the song though - reminds me of school 'bring a record in day' - also, reminds me of records.
 
2012-09-17 11:41:32 AM
For what its worth, his interview as Top Gear's "star in a reasonably priced car*" interviews was worth watching. Highly recommended.

* car show includes latest B-C British list celebrity, watches them attempt to drive a cheap car around a track then lets them plug whatever they are selling. Americans tend to skip through it.
 
2012-09-17 11:43:14 AM
Nothing will beat the time some dudes fixed up an old Ford Econoline van and hopped in and drove it to the South Pole. Just zooming along, playing the radio, looking at the scenery. And then they got all the way there and turned around and drove back!

http://www.southpolestation.com/trivia/00s/ford.html
 
2012-09-17 11:58:19 AM
Seeing as I will be starting the Appalachian Trail at around the same time as this, I should really get a kick out of these replies.

/Georgia is less hospitable
 
2012-09-17 12:16:26 PM
"To help them avoid crevasses up to 200ft deep, the two skiers will pull a ground-penetrating radar system which will relay pictures to the lead vehicle."

How will that help the skiers?
 
2012-09-17 12:18:25 PM
I am guessing Subby is referring to the hubris of the Scott expedition (using "high tech" tractors and wool jackets) vs Admundsen (who wore Eskimo-style animal skins and ate his sled dogs) and not The Thing.
 
2012-09-17 12:23:43 PM
Make sure they bring enough limes this time.
 
2012-09-17 12:25:15 PM

Cymbal: To be fair, the British have a long and storied history of getting pwned by Vikings, I mean Norwegians.


They did okay against Harald Hardrada.
 
2012-09-17 12:30:36 PM

Arkanaut: Cymbal: To be fair, the British have a long and storied history of getting pwned by Vikings, I mean Norwegians.

They did okay against Harald Hardrada.


Hey now, he was doing fine until he took an arrow to the knee throat.

/death by sore throat...it's more likely than you think.
 
2012-09-17 12:37:47 PM
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"I gotta fight the lion!"
 
2012-09-17 12:40:36 PM
British pluck and 'can-do spiriit' will win the day, I'm certain.

i.ytimg.com

How could I,
have led these men to their demise,
and they just follow?
Exploration's last great prize,
it wasn't mine.

and mores the shame
you will remember my name

Great god,
this is an awful place,
and I do not think that we can hope,
for any better things now,
oh the end,
cannot be far,
it cannot be far,
I cannot wait.
Explorations last great prize,
a saving grace,
it wasn't mine
 
2012-09-17 12:46:01 PM

midigod: "To help them avoid crevasses up to 200ft deep, the two skiers will pull a ground-penetrating radar system which will relay pictures to the lead vehicle."

How will that help the skiers?


Maybe the radar unit will anchor them at the lip of the crevasse until someone hauls them up. Or maybe the skiers are tethered to the vehicle, and the radar will stop the vehicles from falling on top of the skiers who are hanging 30 feet down in the crevasse.

"Stop! The radar unit indicates there's a crevasse! Because I can't see the radar unit, so it must have fallen in!"
 
2012-09-17 12:51:37 PM
I was on that "expedition". Ended up stuck on a glacier with MacGyver, MacGadget, MacGimmick... Well, really, he's sort of Mr. MacUseless.
 
2012-09-17 12:53:07 PM
Ground penetrating radar and bulldozers?

Why yes, it does sound familiar.
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/you could get there that way
//Arne Saknussemm was Icelandic, not Norwegian, but otherwise
 
2012-09-17 12:59:16 PM
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-09-17 01:04:30 PM

tzzhc4: I am guessing Subby is referring to the hubris of the Scott expedition (using "high tech" tractors and wool jackets) vs Admundsen (who wore Eskimo-style animal skins and ate his sled dogs) and not The Thing.


Aye. Gotta be willing to eat your sled dogs like the savages if you want to make it to South Pole!

I took my daughter to the exhibit about that one expedition that got stuck in the ice and they eventually managed to row out and get rescued. There were pictures of them playing with their sled dogs and my daughter who was 5 at the time was horrified that they'd left the dogs behind. I didn't want to explain that they'd really eaten them long before that...
 
2012-09-17 01:07:06 PM
Oh man, now why would you want to take ground penetrating radar and bulldozers there and risk waking something up?
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2012-09-17 01:37:53 PM
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2012-09-17 02:11:56 PM
Why would they do something like that?! That's just cold.

/seriously. That's cold.
 
2012-09-17 02:15:24 PM
It's going to be a tough trip. I've spent days skiing in about -30C weather and it can be quite bearable, but -70C sounds pretty much impossible.
 
2012-09-17 02:48:37 PM
I really admire the guy and anyone less famous on his team doing the same thing. The whole "because it's there and we can" spirit I find worthy of admiration. It's crazy and foolhardy but gutsy, and there's no glory without suffering. Good luck to them.
 
2012-09-17 02:56:33 PM
The big problem is that it's hard to eat a bulldozer if things get bogged down.
 
2012-09-17 03:18:48 PM
Got any unobtanium up there?
 
2012-09-17 06:04:01 PM
www.wired.com
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static.guim.co.uk
 
2012-09-18 06:06:52 AM
This is very interesting, but I do have one quibble with the headline.

By 1910, Robert Scott was known worldwide as an Antarctic explorer. He had spent years drumming up support and funding for his second attempt to reach the Pole.

In contrast, Amundsen concealed his plans and misled the British, his financial backers, and his crew. It wasn't until the expedition was underway that Amundsen informed his rivals, his men, and the rest of the world that he was abandoning his stated aim of drifting over the North Pole in an icebound ship and would instead go to Antarctica.

I'm not saying that there's anything wrong with that. I admire Amundsen and his far superior planning and execution. However, the assertion that the British heard of and copied the Norwegians' program is false. 

/yes, you have to eat the dogs
//and know how to cross-country ski
 
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