Posts by: Alex Carney

Day 1 – We’ve Made It!

After 7 flights and numerous delays, John, Dever, Anna and I have made it to the polar ice cap.  Located 1 degree from the pole, we’ll start our north trek tomorrow morning. Our 3 hour flight delay this morning culminated in the fastest boarding I’ve ever been a part of, basically…

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False Start – Flight Delayed by a Day

Turns out that flight delays are common when you’re trying to fly to the North Pole, who knew? After we got to the airport and loaded all the gear on the plane, we find out that the weather is bad at our landing site, the Barneo Research Station (current temperature…

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Leaving for the North Pole!

In a few hours my Dad, two of my sisters, and I will leave for the polar ice cap! Our group of 10 (including 3 guides) will depart Longyearbyen to finally begin the trip to the pole. We fly out of Longyearbyen to the Barneo Research Station and then go…

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Exploring the Inside of a Glacier

Norway is famous for its fjords which cover the island we’re staying on. As you likely know these fjords are carved out by glaciers over vast amounts of time. These glaciers are constantly shifting, particularly as they thaw and freeze, which cracks the ice and forms gaps as it moves. These…

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In Search of a Polar Bear

In Longyearbyen, polar bears are both legends and mysteries. Each guide has a story about locals who have been killed and anyone leaving the town is required to carry a gun for protection. Simultaneously, there are only about two to three thousand polar bears on the island and surprisingly few…

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First Taste of 24 Hour Sunlight (Longyearbyen)

And just like that we’ve made it to the northernmost city in the world, Longyearbyen, Norway (pronounced long-year-bin). Situated on Spitsbergen, an island off the coast of Norway at the 78th parallel North, it has become the starting point for expeditions to the North Pole. Fast Facts on Longyearbyen: -There…

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Learning the History (Exploring Oslo)

I bet you aren’t surprised that there are no direct flights from San Francisco or Washington DC to the North Pole. It may surprise you however to find out that it takes 5 plane flights and 1 helicopter ride to reach our starting point of the 89th parallel on the…

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Itinerary – How Do You Get to the North Pole?

Over the next three weeks I am embarking on a great adventure with my Dad and two of my sisters, Anna and Dever. Together we will be surviving freezing temperatures, riding dogsleds, and chopping through ice ridges to reach the top of the world. For our trip we’ve opted for…

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San Francisco Marathon Tomorrow! (Sun 7/29)

San Francisco Marathon Tomorrow! (Sun 7/29)

Tomorrow I will be running across the Golden Gate Bridge as part of the San Francisco Marathon. This will be my third full marathon and as usual I will be live blogging the entire race on Twitter (@AlexanderCarney) and posting photos after the race on Google+. You can also track…

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The Next Adventure – Big Sur Marathon

Heading into my second marathon ever last Sunday (April 29) there were a few questions ringing in my head. Would I be prepared for the challenging hills on this course? With only 8 days since returning from my Everest Trek, would I still have any acclimatization? Would the weather stay…

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