Mike Horn blessé près du pôle Nord : sa fille Jessica donne de ses nouvelles

Jessica, l’une des deux filles de l'aventurier Mike Horn, qui traverse actuellement des difficultés en pleine expédition, a assuré qu'elle avait reçu des nouvelles de sa part et qu’il se portait mieux.

L'angoisse entourant la situation de Mike Horn et de Borge Ousland reste toujours d’actualité.

UNE SITUATION INQUIÉTANTE

Alors qu'ils sont en pleine traversée de l'Arctique depuis le 25 septembre 2019, un mois avant leur arrivée, les conditions météo se corseraient de plus en plus. Vendredi 22 novembre 2019, la première fille de Mike Horn, Annika, a fait part de son inquiétude.

En effet, son papa serait tombé à l'eau à plusieurs reprises, se serait blessé et serait presque à cours de nourriture.

Tandis qu’une opération de sauvetage a été envisagée dans un premier temps, le tandem d’aventuriers aurait finalement donné de bonnes nouvelles concernant leur santé et réussi à atteindre son objectif.

DES NOUVELLES APAISANTES

Mardi le 26 novembre 2019, Jessica, la deuxième fille de Mike Horn, a expliqué qu’elle a reçu des nouvelles positives :

"Nous croisons les doigts. Tout est en train de se jouer, mais nous devrions le retrouver dans une dizaine de jours",

a-t-elle exprimé au téléphone tandis qu’elle est actuellement à Hong Kong.

"Il leur reste neuf jours de vivre pour faire les 400 derniers km",

a-t-elle toutefois informé.

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Expedition Update 17: A day with a variety of activities, we started off with a short paddle, followed by a long ski on freshly formed ice, then managed to get onto some older ice. The wind has turned SSW and it is helping the drift to change directions to the north, at long last, we will be helped a little by the drift. Skiing in this white environment with no light makes it very difficult to see what is ahead of us. For @BorgeOusland and I, progressing in the right direction is crucial. Spending just one calorie of energy by walking in the wrong direction would be a waste, we therefore need to remain fully focused at all times. We are in a constant state of information processing; observing and analysing external factors such as the wind, snowdrifts and ice crystals in order to make sure we orientate ourselves straight towards the pole. On top of that, progress in the right direction is also crucial for the mind. There is no worse feeling than dragging a 165kg sled in the wrong way. We know our minds are strong enough to withstand these situations if they occur, but to save our mental and physical strength, it is best for us think cautiously about our next step before making it. This whole process made me realize that many people are lost in life, and people who are lost, tend to walk around in circle and have no idea where they want to go. The reason for this, is that we are given too many options and struggle to commit to one set goal. Right now, Borge and myself have one set goal, no abundance of options and we cannot afford to walk around in circles because of the weight we’re pulling and the energy we would be wasting. I think a parallel can be drawn here. If you picture the weight of our sleds as a load of responsibilities, I believe people would think twice about wasting their time walking around in circles. In order for goals to be achieved, we need to reduce our options and take on more responsibilities. Life will not always lead you in the right direction, but what counts is that your mind is set on your goal and that you will fight your way to get there no matter the challenges or moments of weakness you will encounter along the way.

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Les deux aventuriers seront donc contraints de faire des efforts pour économiser leurs vivres et rester vigilants malgré la fatigue :

"Ils doivent faire attention à chaque pas. Avec le réchauffement climatique, la banquise est devenue très fragile. Mon père est d'ailleurs choqué de constater des changements aussi drastiques".

En effet, sa première traversée date de 2006.

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#MikesDailyThoughts: It is safe to say, that at this stage of the expedition @BorgeOusland and I have both entered into survival mode. This got me thinking about survival and the strange behavioural pattern it triggers, which is something I realized we know and hear little about. I have observed that between Borge and I, conversations have decreased while actions have increased, which is a subconscious way for us to save all the energy we can. I have even noticed that the way we look at things has changed; we no longer admire the beauty around us, we only use our eyes to anticipate our next step and spot potential risks or threats. Here in the Arctic, we are connected to nature in way that I will never be back home. After spending 20 days in this harsh environment, I have grown sensitive to my surroundings to the point where I can now feel one degree drop in the temperature. I can also sense the speed of the wind, as well as its direction, with my eyes closed, just by the way it blows against me. I can predict the thickness of the ice by looking at it and by hearing the sound it makes when I ski over it. Here, in the Arctic, I have developed the instinct of an animal, whose one purpose is to survive. Throughout my years of exploration, my mental strength has overcome my physical strength to such an extent where I can now trust it without even having to question it. Without the power of the mind, I would have never achieved most of the things I have in my life – it is my secret tool, and the best part is that it can become yours too if it isn’t already!

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JESSICA HORN IMPATIENTE DE REVOIR SON PÈRE MIKE HORN

Mais actuellement, Annika Horn avoue être apaisée.

"Une tempête leur a permis de se reposer. Et la dérive joue en leur faveur en les emmenant enfin vers le sud. Mon père pense qu'ils peuvent s'en tenir au plan initial. De toute façon il ne perd jamais espoir. Cela se ressent dans sa voix",

a encore exprimé Jessica qui assure que Mike Horn est en train de vivre l'expédition la plus compliquée de sa carrière.

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Expedition Update 12: A very hard day. They say life is a game of inches. Each inch we made today was hard work. We were surrounded with pack-ice, caught in a snow blizzard making it impossible for us to see. There are traps everywhere in this compression zone, which we fought our way through for most of the day. When fresh snow covers the open water leads, it looks solid until the moment you step onto it and it gives way, turning into slush, sucking in your ski and wetting your feet. So, we only made 11km progress today, but sometimes in life you must work hard for little return. That being said, 1-kilometer progress is still better than none. I trust that the return for the effort we are investing will come later. We also had to paddle over half frozen leads, climb over massive pressure ridges and we camped on a small island of solid multi-year ice with broken-up ice all around us. If the blizzard calms down, tomorrow will be a better day. Bad days never last forever. If you never give up, the good days come quicker. Hope is often the only thing I can hang onto strongly enough making me gain those inches little by little. #NorthPoleCrossing #Pole2Pole #MikeHorn

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Les deux sœurs essaient de rester optimistes, même si ce n’est pas évident pour elles d’envisager leur père dans cette situation délicate.

Elles sont très inquiètes pour lui, et espèrent que l’expédition se termine dans les meilleures conditions. Très souvent, les parents qui montrent des signes d'amour à leurs enfants. C'est le cas de Tori Spelling, qui partage des photos de sa fille Hattie pour ses 8 ans.

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