Via Tim Blair
Frostbite ends Bancroft-Arnesen trek
A North Pole expedition meant to bring attention to global warming was called off after one of the explorers got frostbite. The explorers, Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen, on Saturday called off what was intended to be a 530-mile trek across the Arctic Ocean after Arnesen suffered frostbite in three of her toes, and extreme cold temperatures drained the batteries in some of their electronic equipment.Ann Bancroft ( nej, ikke den Bancroft ) burde ellers vide bedre, idet hun trods alt har en vis erfaring i at rejse i de arktiske egne.
Det skulle ellers være så godt...
Join polar explorers and educators, Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen, on their 530-mile (850 kilometer) trek across the frozen Arctic Ocean from Canada's Ward Hunt Island to the Geographic North Pole. Ann and Liv will take students on a two-month journey of hope, taking small steps at a time to not only reach their daily mileage goal but to also focus on the current crisis of Climate Change.... men endte altså så skidt. Uheldigvis svigtede Den Globale Opvarmning de to eventyrerske:
"Ann [Bancroft] said losing toes and going forward at all costs was never part of the journey," said Ann Atwood, who helped organize the expedition.De to kvinder havde sågar taget badebragter med så de kunne svømme gennem de områder, hvor polarisen burde være smeltet:
Then there was the cold — quite a bit colder, Atwood said, than Bancroft and Arnesen had expected. One night they measured the temperature inside their tent at 58 degrees below zero, and outside temperatures were exceeding 100 below zero at times, Atwood said.
In contrast to Bancroft's 1986 trek across the Arctic with fellow Minnesota explorer Will Steger, this time she and Arnesen were prepared to don body suits and swim through areas where polar ice has melted.Gad vide, hvad de derudover havde forventet. Kokospalmer omkring den magnetiske nordpol måske?
Men at der koldt i polar-egnene er naturligvis blot endnu et bevis på at Den Menneskeskabte Opvarmning i fuld gang med at udrydde alt liv på Jorden:
Atwood said there was some irony that a trip to call attention to global warming was scuttled in part by extreme cold temperatures.Tjae, for den rene er alting rent!
"They were experiencing temperatures that weren't expected with global warming," Atwood said. "But one of the things we see with global warming is unpredictability.
På Wikipedia har de i øvrigt været hurtige på tasterne. Udover at rapportere den lidet glorværdige udgang på ekspeditionen, nævner Wiki at:
Arnesen's business partner, Ann Bancroft, is a lesbian, but Arnesen is straight.Med andre ord, ikke noget Rifbjergsk bjørnefedt mellem de to polarhavets betvingere! Det var jo godt at vide.