Mike Horn en danger, il se plaint de ne pas pouvoir bénéficier de l'aide de l'équipe de secours

Mike Horn est en danger à cause de sa mission d’exploration en Arctique. Devant être évacué d’urgence, l’explorateur se plaint du retard des secours sur les réseaux sociaux.

Mike Horn est un célèbre explorateur-aventurier qui aime relever des défis plus difficiles les unes que les autres. Le 26 août 2019, il est parti en mission en Arctique avec son fidèle acolyte Børge Ousland.

Partir en exploration dans le pôle nord, l’un des endroits les plus froids de la planète n’est pas donné à tout le monde. Pourtant, cela fait plusieurs mois que l’explorateur de 53 ans et son binôme ont entamé cette incroyable aventure.

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Expedition Update 36: Another couple of intense days on the ice. The temperatures are dropping day by day and have now reached as low as -40 C. Extra reason for us to wrap up this expedition and head back home. The positive drift has slowed down but the winds from the north are still helping us progress a couple kilometres a day, which at this stage is extremely helpful. Right now we have two different options to finish this expedition: 1. Get down south as quickly as possible with the food that we have left if we want to fulfil our hopes of being picked up by boat as we had originally planned. 2. If we do not make sufficient progress, a helicopter will have to be called in…but right now, we are ruling out this option in order to fully focus our remaining energy on the final sprint that is required to pass the finish line. It is almost as if @BorgeOusland and I have subconsciously been saving some extra energy just in case we found ourselves in the situation we currently find ourselves in. Just one week ago, we never even imagined we would be making 30km progress in a day during our last week. The body is full of surprises, when you think you have reached your limits, turns out something inside you makes you push them further…and even further! One thing is sure, we want to leave the arctic the way we arrived, that is by boat. But we must also make sure to take into account the risks that this endeavour involves…due to the cold temperatures, we spend a lot of time checking the conditions of our frostbites. As soon as we think we are losing sensation in our extremities, we stop, set up the tent and warm ourselves up until we are ready to head out again. As a result, we have decided to increase the number of walking hours per day just to give ourselves more time to warm up, while making the necessary progress to reach our goal (82 degrees north) which we hope to achieve before our food runs out. Now, we currently find ourselves at 83deg41’, which means we still need to cover over 150km to make it to a position where the boat has its best chances of picking us up. One more week of expedition to go, the race against time officially begins...wish us luck!

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Faire ce genre d’exploration est le rêve de tout explorateur mais certainement pas celui des gens ordinaires. Cette peur est justifiée puisque même des grands professionnels comme eux ont rencontré des difficultés. On peut tout de même les féliciter pour le parcours qu’ils ont déjà réussi à faire.


Bien qu’ils aient fini par demander de l’aide, ce n’est pas à la porté de tout le monde de passer des mois dans des conditions aussi difficiles.

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Expedition Update 35: Funny how life works sometimes…when you think everything is bad and couldn’t go worse, the world has a tendency to prove you wrong. After over two months of ice drift pushing us away from our goal, all of a sudden, with one more week of expedition left to go, the conditions are finally in our favour…In a way, it makes me regret those moments of weakness, but at the end of the day, one can’t constantly feel invincible. I guess that moments of weakness are also an opportunity for moments of strength to stand out. Not that we felt particularly strong today, but at least we felt better… Part of the reason for feeling better is because we made good progress today, we haven’t had such a progress-successful day since we left the pole. I think @BorgeOusland and I both know that the end is near and that we have no choice but to make it down south quickly if we want to finish this expedition as we planned. After covering a distance of over 30km today in extreme cold and wind, we are now at 84 degrees north. This is a good place to be, but we still have at least 200km to cover if we want to try reaching Pangaea. At this stage we have one goal in mind, and that is leaving the Arctic Ocean by boat. Although resorting to the use of a helicopter remains an option, we try not to think about it too much. We are going to give this next week our best shot, and we know that we can count on our amazing teams back home in the case where we might need to be helped. We can’t deny that our tired bodies are suffering…the frozen parts are not improving, and our sores will only heal when we leave this harsh environment. We’re playing it wise though, stopping to warm up whenever we start losing sensation in our extremities and whenever we notice that we are at risk of making mistakes due to the extreme fatigue. We’re balancing on a razor blade at this moment, torn between making quick progress and ignoring our bodies and listening to our bodies by increasing our rest periods but missing out on making good progress…but in these situations I think of my loved ones and ask myself, what would they want me to do? And to that, I always have an answer.

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Les deux hommes commencent notamment à ressentir les effets de la fatigue et du froid impitoyable de cet endroit.

Dans ces conditions, le deux hommes ont été contraints à rebrousser chemin. Dès leur appel aux secours, des équipes ont été mobilisées afin de leur prêter main forte. Mais impatient et à juste titre d’ailleurs, Mike Horn s’est plaint sur son compte Instagram.

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Expedition Update 19: Today was another interesting day on the ice. It started out with complete whiteout conditions, in which we could hardly see the tip of our skis. Having to cross freshly frozen water leads in these conditions resulted in very slow progress, we couldn’t see the state of the ice beneath us, but we could hear the sound of it breaking up under our feet. In situations like these, you feel completely helpless. It is as if you were blindfolded and told to walk in a straight line while avoiding the open water traps beneath you. For the first time since we left Pangaea over 20 days ago, the wind had stopped. The skies were heavy with dark clouds but the wind had completely faded. A sensation of quiet relief overcame @BorgeOusland and I, but that sensation quickly vanished when we realized that no wind would make navigation even more difficult for us due to the lack of direction indications. After about 6 hours of skiing the clouds disappeared and a beautiful light made its appearance in the Arctic - it was like magic. Temperatures dropped to around -22C and the snow turned abrasive making progress even slower due to the glide of the sled against the ice. It felt like I was dragging it through wet sand, but the beauty of the Arctic light made up for that struggle. What I have realized in this situation, is that there is always something to be happy about. Yes there will be moment directions of hardship when things don’t always go your way, but in those moments tit is important to at least try and find the positives. It is all about the way we thing and the way we look at things. #NorthPoleCrossing #Pole2Pole #MikeHorn

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Dans la soirée du 3 décembre 2019, le quinquagénaire a donné plus de détails sur Instagram

“Aujourd'hui, à l'endroit où nous nous trouvons actuellement, nous avons parcouru un peu plus de 1300 km en ligne droite, ce qui signifie que nous devons encore parcourir 300 km si nous souhaitons atteindre Pangea.”

À travers son long post, l’aventurier rajoute même :

“Avec 3 jours de nourriture, ce serait impossible. Nous n’avions donc pas d’autre choix que de proposer un autre plan de ramassage. (...) Nous avons trouvé un navire de navigation sur glace norvégien (Lance), plus grand que Pangaea, qui était prêt à nous aider.”

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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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Son récit fait froid dans le dos, et dans leur calvaire il confesse aussi :

"Au moment où j'écris ces lignes, Lance est en chemin pour nous prendre. Nous nous sommes donnés rendez-vous à 82 ° au Nord, ce qui signifie que nous avons encore env. 90 km à parcourir avec ces 3 jours de nourriture restants.

Bien que ce soit une bien meilleure option que Pangea, ça restera une opération très complexe, mais comme je l’ai dit hier, c’est l’aventure pour laquelle nous nous sommes engagés !"

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Expedition Update 39: Since there is a lot of information going around, I wanted to share with you our latest plan of action. As most of you know, the goal of this expedition was to be dropped off at 85deg north with my boat Pangaea (Alaska side), to cross the Arctic Ocean via the North Pole (90deg north), over onto the Norwegian side until we reached a satisfying position to be picked up by Pangaea. We estimated this position to be at approx. at 80deg north based on satellite images. This would have totalled up to approx. 1600km (in a straight-line) to cover from start to finish. As the expedition days, weeks and months went by, it became increasingly clear that @BorgeOusland and I were going to be short on food to cover the distance we originally anticipated. From the start of the expedition, our daily progress (av. 15km/day) was a lot less than we expected, mostly due to the surprisingly large amount of open water, bad weather, and negative ice drift pushing us back. Today, at the position where we currently find ourselves (82deg56’), we have covered just over 1300km in a straight-line, which means we would still have to walk another 300km if we wanted to reach Pangaea at 80deg…with 3 days food left, this would be impossible. So we had no other choice but to come up with an alternative pickup plan. Adamant to finish the expedition the same way we started (by boat), we found a Norwegian ice going vessel (Lance), larger than Pangaea, that was willing to help us out. As I write these lines, Lance is on its way to pick us up. We gave each other rendezvous at 82deg north, meaning we still have approx. 90km to cover with those 3 days of food left. Although it is a much better option than Pangaea, it is still going to be a very close call, but as I said yesterday, this is the adventure we signed up for! (On the image above you can see Lance attempted a first entry into the ice before getting stuck, obliging them to turn back and try another lead.) - ***more info on Facebook post*** - I understand that all this information is probably confusing, that is why my team will answer your questions in an Instagram live tomorrow. So prepare your questions and stay tuned!

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Ce qui est bien c’est que les secours sont déjà en route. Hugo Clément, le célèbre journaliste de France 2 fait partie des sauveteurs. La présence du compagnon d'Alexandra Rosenfeld dans l’équipe de secours n’est pas vraiment étonnant.

Il est connu pour être une personne très engagée. Le 26 novembre 2019, son documentaire sur la protection de l’environnement intitulé “Sur le front des océans” était diffusé sur France 2. Sa compagne, Alexandra Rosenfeld était très fière de lui.

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Avec @clement_brelet, on est au Svalbard sur le Pangaea, le bateau de @mikehornexplorer avec son équipe et sa fille @jessicaahorn. Mike est actuellement avec son compagnon d’aventure @borgeousland, en difficulté sur la banquise proche du Pôle nord. Leur expédition devrait déjà être terminée, mais le changement climatique fragilise la glace et ralentit leur progression. Ils sont affaiblis, victimes de gelures, et il ne leur reste que 4 jours de vivres. Un navire brise glace tente en ce moment de les rejoindre mais la tâche est compliquée. Les températures descendent jusqu’à -40 et la nuit polaire rend la navigation périlleuse. Nous allons accompagner l’équipe de Mike, qui va essayer de faire route vers le nord pour le récupérer avec Børge, quand ils seront suffisamment descendus vers les eaux libres. Dernière option si le navire n’arrive pas à les atteindre : deux autres explorateurs à ski seront posés sur la banquise pour aller les ravitailler. On vous tient au courant. #SurLeFront

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Au cours d’un entretien avec Télé-Star, il avait déclaré :

“J'ai envie que mes enfants vivent sur une planète habitable, qu'ils puissent profiter d'un week-end au parc, qu'ils vivent l'amour, l'amitié. Je n'ai pas envie d'un monde hostile pour mes gamins. Le fait d'attendre un enfant renforce ma volonté d'agir.”

Le journaliste s’est notamment exprimé sur les deux solutions envisagées. La première, Mike et Børge sont priés de rejoindre le navire de secours.

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Expedition Update 10: Still experiencing broken-up ice…but finally, solid ice floes are becoming more frequent. Strong winds from the west are now pushing us towards the east, forcing @borgeousland and myself to work hard both physically and mentally. The continuous winds suck all the energy out of us. I’ve been comparing it to negative people…move away from negativity in life and surround yourself with positive people that care for you. That’s when #positive things can finally start happening and #success can be reached in even the hardest environment. So many times, I look back at my sled and wish it wasn’t so heavy. I have stopped doing that now. Now I just wish I was #stronger. #NorthPoleCrossing #Pole2Pole #MikeHorn

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Quant à la deuxième solution, deux explorateurs les rejoignent en ski avec éventuellement quelques vivres avant d’atteindre le navire tous ensemble.


Le journaliste Hugo Clément est qualifié par plusieurs personnes comme étant une bonne âme, en plus de lutter contre la protection de l’environnement, il vient aussi en aide à Mike Horn qui est en difficulté en Arctique.

C’est peut-être pour cette raison que la vie le gâte ces derniers temps. Avec sa compagne Alexandra Rosenfeld, ils attendent un enfant. D’ailleurs, l’ex-miss France n’hésite pas à afficher son baby bump sur son compte Instagram.

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