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Adventurer Eric Larsen sets out on record breaking expedition, brings along Windows Phone

Eric Larsen

Headed to the North Pole anytime soon? You probably don’t have any upcoming plans to travel there, but adventurer Eric Larsen and his 3-person team do. They’re preparing to travel the Arctic Ocean from Northern Ellesmere Island to the geographic North Pole. Eric and his team are hoping to do the 500-mile journey in less than 49 days. If they accomplish this feat, they’ll have beaten a world record set in 2006. Eric isn’t alone on this trip. He’ll be carrying a few Windows Phone handsets with him.

Microsoft is supporting Eric’s trip to the North Pole. They’ll be providing him and his team with Nokia Lumia 1020’s and Lumia 1520’s to help document the expedition. Obviously these are two phones that will be welcomed in photographing the trip.

Interested in following Eric’s journey? You can grab updates on his website or by following him on Twitter (@ELexplore). We’re excited for Eric and his team. We’re even more excited knowing that he’ll be using some PureView power to photograph the potential record setting journey.

Good luck to Eric and his teammates!

Via: Windows Phone Blog, Photo: Eric’s website

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Adventurer Eric Larsen sets out on record breaking expedition, brings along Windows Phone

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Am interested to know how the phones will fare in the extreme cold. Not having to take off your gloves to operate the phone is kinda handy.

It doesn't rarely reach past freezing in the Summer. The melting sea ice in summer will keep the temperature a near 32f all summer. Once the ice is melted, then it will be warmer, near 40 or more there. Surely he is taking this trip.before summer so the ice will be intact and they can walk across it? Or is this a boat trip? Article is non descriptive.

I used my Lumia 920 in temps as cold as -65c or -85f. It didn't gave any issues. The battery was ravaged however. I tipped the site about my excursion to Greenland, but got no responses. That was to the coldest location in the western hemisphere. North pole is childsplay compared to my trip.

My thoughts exactly. 49 days is a long time. And does he have cell service there or do we have to wait until he gets back to see the pics from his 1020?

Or he can just bring a PowerAdd Solar Portable Charger. It's the size of a 1520, about 3x as thick, and can be recharge using either electric power or the sunlight.

Lolz!My 520 goes for 15 hrs without much of power sucking apps and 8 hrs after playing games,watching videos and using camera!

It's sunny almost 24 hours a day up there (I can only assume they aren't trying this in the winter), so I doubt they are navigating by looking at the stars. :P Obviously they are going to need some kind of power source (solar powered generator maybe) for their GPS and other small electronics.

I am actually just about to set off on my own exped'...and have been supported by Nokia UK who have given me a 1020. I have been debating that same issue of power. It turns out that there are cheap solutions. I have a 11000mah Anker battery (£20) plus an EasyAcc 3watt solar panel. Between those two items, I have a near limitless supply of power for my 1020 and Asus T100. In fact, I have a complete video editing set up that can be operated far away from mains power...
Modern tech is so exciting and liberating! My 1020 has filled the role of 3 devices (camera, MP3 player & GPS waypoint logger).

Cheers though Sam, this is just the kind of news I really like to hear!

When I go hiking I put it in airplane mode and carry a portable charger that can recharge my 822 fully twice.
My last hike lasted a week and I only recharged once.

For a second I thought the article image was from a 1020, (and almost threw my 920 across the room while simultaneously pressing a magic "buy 1020" button,) but in the reflection it looks like it's from a small camera instead.

Anyway, can't wait to see some of the shots they take.

You might as well throw away your 920 and get a 1020 for a 1020's image quality isen't very far off from the pic in the article (if at all)

Really?!?! 9.9 miles per day? I walk that much at work... I realize the climate is different, but 49 days as a record just seems like alot of people haven't really tried to beat it is all. Could be totally off base though. I saw the top gear episode regarding driving to the north pole, and for vehicles it was rough, but on foot you don't have the same hang-ups as you do on 4 wheels.

You should go and try it next year and ask MS to sponsor you and let us know if you beat the record.

If someone were to foot the bill, I would totally go do it... And I have a few friends who would come along too...

Pretty fascinating episode, and not their first off road adventure. They did it on the BBC show, and in the middle of winter with highly modified off road Toyotas. They had serious hiccups' and even much of their equipment started to fail within minutes of being outside, the cold froze the electronics. They had to get marine GPS systems to cross the ocean... It was a great and funny episode.

As a person who works in the outdoor industry, let me say a few things: 9.9 miles a day in the tundra, the ice and snow and everything between is treacherous. The weight of the gear alone is enough to alter the type of fatigue that sets in after a few days. 10 miles today is not the same as the 8th mile on day 5 when you are top heavy and scrambling over uneven ground that will break you if you become too comfortable. It's going to take a tremendous level of discipline, the good habits that keep you safe, ALIVE, need to exist even when you dizzy, sore, and ready to fall over.

There is no place in that part of the world for someone who looks at the terrain and questions it's difficulty. The flatness is pocketed and riddled with unstable footing due to hollow ground, angled rocks under the surface, ruts that are only visible when you are right on top of them. Depending on where they are going, crevasses can be totally hidden, snow hiding running water and inconsistent densities of snow and ice to contend your every step.

Simply, it is not a matter of walking X miles per day and what gear to bring. It's about having the know how to handle every situation thrown at you, sometimes at a moments notice with resourcefulness and efficiency.

On a lighter note, we use solar panels all the time on our trips. I even have a wood burning camp stove that generates electricity though its too bulky to be a viable option for them. I do wonder just how much energy they can harness from the sun up there... The rays, while out 24hours a day, are glancing at best.

I'm aware of the condition's, I've hiked all over the world... 10 miles is not a walk in the park... I'm merely pointing out, that I think most people would not even bother to try it, hence the record shouldn't be hard to beat. More people climb Everest (and some die trying) every year, than who have probably attempted this adventure. I'm not saying its easy, just that not many have tried... Its like, if 5 people tried to hold their breath under water, and that set the record, and no one tried again, it wouldn't be hard to find someone to beat it. I think this guy has this in the bag, barring a tragedy of course.

Yes... For every $10,000 I will give you a snow ball... For every $25,000 I will write your name in snow with my urine, and take a picture for you, forever cementing your name in history with pee ice in the north pole. For $50,000 I'll let you come along. For $100,000 I'll bring you the pole back as a souvenir.... I think I got this!!!

I was on the mobile version so I didn't even see the link to the description of what their specific trip entailed. To quote: "To break the record, the expedition will travel across dangerous terrain that will be an increasingly unstable ice pack and shifting sea ice in temperatures hovering near 50 below zero. They will be using skis and snowshoes and have sleds made out of lightweight Kevlar that will be able to also serve as make-shift rafts as needed for large open-water crossings. The expedition will be unsupported, meaning the team will not receive any outside assistance or supplies during the journey. They will have to take all the necessary supplies for the entire journey with them when they set off – nearly 350 pounds of food and gear."

I hear what you are saying, but disagree with it strongly. The path a person takes to get to such an attempt is filled with life decisions and experiences that add up to the uniquely specific challenge we have here. It is however a valid goal, it's not like someone is throwing lumias as hard and far as they can and touting that they are the best because no one else is doing that. There is an entire segment of people who do these things that could have tried it by now. I know this because I cater to them for my job. Sure, records are made to be broken, but this one is a little bit crazy by any standards and the very reason why it stands.

Good luck getting a signal.....lol

No. But this'll be pretty cool. Should get some beautiful pictures with all that natural lighting.

Good luck!

Read through the comments some of you are going out on expedition yourselves. To that i say best of luck, you fortunate %*7&& :p, wish I could go myself as it sure beats being tied to a desk all day lol.

This is awesome free publicity. Hopefully, they'll make a short film out of it and have it sponsored by Nokia and Microsoft.