A Japanese explorer is set to put a new record for his plan to hike to the North Pole solo. Yasunaga Ogita will attempt to trek the nearly-800 km expedition alone, in his second trip to northernmost part of world in 2014 and with only enough supplies for him to carry.
The trek is expected to last for 50 days, beginning at the northernmost part of Canada in the territory of Nunavut and ending at the North Pole for an estimated 800 km distance. While Norwegian explorer Borge Ousland in 1994 and British explorer Pen Hadow in 2003 have already done before this feat, bringing supplies to last Ogita for the 50-day trek is going to be an added challenge to the already daunting task of walking on climate change-affected thinning ice at that region. He is expected to bring a supply weighing 100 kg and with no possible way to resupply within the surrounding areas, Ogita would have to exercise great wisdom in making it last. Other challenges facing Ogita are polar bear encounters, which are very common in the region and his eventual proximity from the town or city, the nearest of which is around 500 km away.
Ogita is set to start training in February and will set for the North Pole by March. He expects to be at his destination by April 20. Should he be successful in this endeavor, Ogita will have set a record first for a Japanese to trek the North Pole alone and the third person to have ever done so.
[via Rocket News]
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