North Pole Journey
North Pole Journey

  • North Pole Journey 2010

    2010 Route

    The following path taken in 2010 covered 7,976 Statute miles in 9 days.

    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

    049 53'58" N 097 08'21" W (CYWG)

    Winnipeg was initially known as Fort Rouge in 1738, and is now a city of 663,617 inhabitants. 

    Hawthorne Aviation

    Global Aviation Services

    Winnipeg International Airport

    This airport served 3.4 million passengers in 2011.  It is the most iconic airport terminal in the world.

    Churchill, Manitoba, Canada

    058 46' 09" N 094 10'09" W

    Churchill is near the Hudson Bay, with a population of 813, first settled in 1619.

    The Town of Churchill

     Churchill was a critical stop for refueling.  I arranged for the purchase of 220 gallons of 100 LL fuel here at $12/gallon.  It was delivered, as promised, in four 55 gallon drums.  ​

    Polar Bears Everywhere!

    Churchill is the Polar Bear Capital of the World.

    Resolute Bay, Nunavut, Canada

    74 41'51" N 094 49'56" W (CRYB)

     Located above the Arctic Circle.

    The Hamlet of Resolute Bay

    The hamlet of Resolute Bay from a neighboring hilltop with the Northwest Passage in the background. Located above the Arctic Circle the record high temperature here have been recorded at 65.3 F and a record low of -62.0 F.

    Eureka, Nunavut, Canada

    79 59'20" N 085 56'27" W (CYUE)

     Founded in 1947, only 600 nautical miles from the geographical North Pole  

    Eureka Research Facility

    Eureka is the second-northernmost permanent research facility in the world.   At it's peak in the 1970s there were 15 staff. Today 8 staff rotate in the facility.  Only 600 nautical miles from the geographical North Pole with a record high temperature of 69.6 F and a record low of -67.5 F.

    Midnight Sun

     The settlement sees the midnight sun between April 10th and August 29th.   

    Landing Approach at Eureka

    After 12 hours of flying, I make my approach to the gravel runway at the Eureka Weather Station on Ellesmere Island.  

    Eureka International

    The staff of eight work at this facility.  I'm greeted by a stout gentleman who announces he is the Mayor, Sheriff and Undertaker.  We load up and head to the Weather Station by pickup truck.

    THE GEOGRAPHICAL NORTH POLE

    90 00'00" N (BINP)

    The North Pole is the northernmost point on the earth, lying diametrically opposite the South Pole. 

    Ten minutes after launch

     Resolute Bay weather conditions: 400 foot ceiling. The visibility was like I've never experienced. Here is an image on top of the undercast as I broke out at 6,000 feet.  

    DESTINATION: 90 DEGREES NORTH

     A view of the Arctic ice cap, from the starboard side of my plane as I circled the North Pole on July 27, 2010. 

    Compass Behavior Passing Magnetic North

    My compass swings wildly as I pass the Magnetic North Pole several hundred miles to the West.  Magnetic variation here renders the compass useless.  Fortunately my Garmin 430 GPS provided reliable navigation all the way to the North Pole.