North Pole Bid Scrapped — Because of the CostBy Michael Frank on February 12th, 2013
A decade ago Brit Pen Hadow became the first person to trek solo and without resupply from the Canadian coast to the North Pole. And he had been planning an unsupported solo crossing of the north polar ice cap: a thousand-mile, three-month ski hike from Russia to Canada via the North Pole. But he’s abandoning the trip, at least for now, because he’s been run ragged scrambling for sponsorship. Hadow, though, isn’t bitter about the fact that it’s too hard to raise the cash for expeditions. Instead, he says expeditionary work will come full circle: “In five to 10 years we’ll see a burgeoning of environmental [expeditionary] sponsorship. Companies big and small will take up the baton from the green charities. It needs to be a properly organized societal effort, and only business has the reach to roll this out on a massive scale.” And, Hadow believes, we desperately need more explorers if we’re to understand our planet at a time of human-caused climate change. Via The Daily Beast.
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