#1. Svalbard, Norway
etting off at 10 pm it took us ten hours to cover 90 miles of terrain by sled, then another 7 hours to cover the remaining 10 miles to the zone. This is why. Rising temperatures meant our heavily laden touring sleds with shallow tracks were continuously bogged down in melting slushy ice. Even removing most of the cargo from the trailer, it still took over 2 hours to get his one sled out. Ahead of it is sheer blue, polished ice, and the way forward to 'the zone'.
The story, written and shot by Dan Milner, features Terje Haakonsen and Jeremy Jones shredding a chain of islands on the far Northern reaches of a Norway, only 700 miles from the North Pole. Polar bears are a real threat as is the remoteness. Part of the two-year splitboard film project Further, the crew tackles massive 2,000-foot long, 50-degree couloirs and returns to tell about it.
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