Online Expeditions: North Pole Solo

North Pole Solo 2004
Students will be introduced to the ecosystem of the North Pole - as they learn about
earth sciences, environmental sciences, and ecology. They will be inspired to set goals that will help them achieve their dreams.

Features of the Expedition


Wave Vidmar walked into history as the first American to attempt a 660 mile solo journey to the geographic North Pole. The expedition took approximately 60 days across the frozen Arctic sea ice.

Wave left his hometown of Oakland, California (right across the bay from San Francisco) and set off for Russia. Then, leaving from upper Russia, the Artichevsky peninsula, Wave walked, skied, and swam nearly 660 miles to the North Pole!

Dragging a sledge (pulk) weighing more than 325 lbs Wave will took with him everything he needed to accomplish his goal through the harshest environment on earth. When asked why he would do such a thing he states "to feed my soul."

The North Pole
For centuries men (and women) have been drawn to the 'top of the world' - the north pole. One of the most, if not the most difficult place to visit, the north pole has had less people stand on it than on the summit of Mount Everest.

There are actually two north poles, the geographic north pole and the magnetic north pole. There is no land beneath the ice that covers the north pole. In fact, at times there is no ice and only water. The ice covering Antarctica (the south pole) is approx. 3000 feet thick, while the ice at the north pole is no thicker than 17 feet, typically much less.

There are no markers or 'poles' (as at the south pole), as the ice that typically covers the north pole is constantly moving. The water beneath the pole is over 14,000 feet deep. Average temperatures at the pole are -40°F, and can go as low as -74°F, with wind-chill can go as low as -150°F. That's cold!

Time Line
February 2004 - April 2004
The live portion of this  project will begin in February 2004 conclude in April 2004.
How to Participate
Register for this project and we will keep you posted via e-mail every time a report is posted.
The nature of the expedition precludes direct interaction with Wave while he is on the expedition; however, students can track this adventure online, submit questions via email, and get great ideas for lesson plans. Collaborative  activities will include:
  • writing essays
  • conducting and sharing research
  • producing captions for digital photos
  • creating artwork

Three lucky classrooms talked with Wave live from the North Pole via satellite phone!!!

Click here to visit the North Pole Solo website

    Wave Vidmar
    Wave Vidmar - Explorer

    Read Wave's personal invitation
    to join the project

    StarView the entries
    from Wave's logbook

    Arctic Route
    Arctic Route

      Areas Covered

    Earth Sciences
    Environmental Sciences
    Leadership & Goal Setting
    Safety Precautions
    Polar Snow

    Polar Snow


    • Wave Vidmar
    • Students and teachers around the world


    Polar ice cap
    Polar ice cap

    Future Expeditions
    Future expeditions include: solo and unsupported to the South Pole and rowing across the Atlantic Ocean solo (W-E)


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