2011 Expedition Attempts to Row to Magnetic North Pole

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Scottish adventurer Jock Wishart will attempt to row to the magnetic pole next summer with a small, specially selected team, the Adventure Blog reports.

The expedition will set out through Resolute Bay, Canada, and attempt to cover 450 miles of some of the most severe conditions on the planet. A boat is currently being constructed that the team will be able to drag across the ice, if necessary, as there will likely be considerable ice flows to contend with. Durability and weight are of particular concern, as the craft will need to withstand the challenges of ice while retaining ease of rowing.

Wishart first became aware of the idea in 2007 when he realized how much of the polar ice cap was breaking up during summer months. Recently, global climate change has opened up waterways for new exploration that didn't exist a decade ago.

–Shauna Sweeney

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