RIBbing For Arctic: a Magnificent Expedition
Over the past two years, the dedicated team of 6 has tirelessly worked towards realising a remarkable endeavour set to unfold in the summer of 2022.
You may be familiar with e-RIBbing, as I have published numerous RIB tests conducted by them.
This extraordinary journey is predominantly slated within the Arctic Circle, retracing the paths of Vikings and 18th-century explorers who fervently sought the shortest route to the Pacific Ocean.
To delve into specifics, their mission entails navigating the North Atlantic Ocean to reach the western shores of Greenland.
Subsequently, the team aims to undertake the challenging passage through the legendary Northwest Passage—an approximately 5,780-kilometer sea route situated north of Canada and Alaska, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
Traversing the Northwest Passage is renowned as the world’s most perilous route, marked by a history of shipwrecks and missing sailors.
Despite diminished ice due to global warming, the narrow canals and unpredictable ice movement make this Arctic Ocean crossing treacherous.
The tragic 1845 expedition of John Franklin underlines its historical dangers.
Presently, ice-free summer days exist, but navigating the passage demands careful route choices to avoid being trapped by shifting ice masses, emphasising the ongoing challenges and risks of this perilous journey they call “RIBbing for Arctic”.