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Old 04-17-2006, 09:13 AM
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Is there more information about those who fell through the ice and who played a role in the rescue?

Now that they have reached the NP, will they return the same way or was the goal just to get there and now will return via helicopter?
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Old 04-17-2006, 09:18 AM
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Here are Saturday's pictures from Monaco's Artic Expedition website
http://www.monaco.arctic-expedition....f/HomeGb10.htm

Summary of the day:

Saturday the 15th of April 2006 will remain the largest progress to date. Prince Albert II and his companions cover 35 Km in 12 hours and 30 minutes of strong effort.


Only 20 Km remain between them and the North Pole which is a destination that should be reached tomorrow.

(caption) Prince Albert and his companions are putting forth an exceptional effort in order to make up the lack of progress in the last few days. After more than twelve hours of deliberate effort they cover a distance of 35 Km.
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Old 04-17-2006, 09:22 AM
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Here are Sunday's pictures from Monaco's Artic Expedition website
http://www.monaco.arctic-expedition....f/HomeGb10.htm

Summary of the day:

Prince Albert II and his companions started their last leg of they journey at 9:10 AM (Monaco Time).


After a first passing through rough terrain the expedition was forced to make a detour of three Km towards the West.

Prince Albert reached the geographical North Pole at 15:45 after four days on the expedition and almost 150 Km

(Picture 1 caption) After four days of unceasing efforts Prince Albert II and the members of the expedition reach the North Pole at 15:45 Monaco Time.

(Picture 2 caption) The latitude of 90 degrees North 00 shown on the GPS screen confirms that Prince Albert II and his companions have reached the North Pole.
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Old 04-17-2006, 09:29 AM
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I think it would be a wonderful idea for PA to write a book about this whole expedition. Imagine how interesting the day to day diary must be. (ie: the whole breaking through the ice and rescue event)

I think the first half of the book should begin with Albert 1st trip then the second half with PA II trip. I would love to read this!

I hope to see that soon in the future.
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Old 04-17-2006, 09:31 AM
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:) hey everyone. great pics. does ANYBODY know how in that entire cracked ice how they managed to find a bridge to get across after going all that way to risk not having found a bridge to cross would have mean a problem how did they overcome that referencing saturdays pics
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Old 04-17-2006, 10:05 AM
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http://cgi.omroep.nl/cgi-bin/streams?/nos/nieuws/2006/april/video/170406/albert.wmv



A dutch videolink . Have fun!!!!!!
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Old 04-17-2006, 10:09 AM
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Here's a link to all of Albert's artic videos (in English), including the one that is posted above (where he reaches the North Pole and places Monaco's fla there).

http://www.monaco.arctic-expedition....f/HomeGb10.htm
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Old 04-17-2006, 11:29 AM
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"Rooftop of the world"? lack of oxygen Albie? I thought that was in Tibet well, maybe that's next.
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Old 04-17-2006, 12:05 PM
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This is something I've been wondering since I first heard about this expedition: do you really think it will raise any awareness regarding the environment situation? I personally think those who are interested in environment didn't need Albert going, and those who are not interested will maybe just be attracted by the images of a Prince between ice and won't dig much deeper (today in the news they talked about Albert reaching the Pole, and the main focus was him, not the purpose of the expedition which was barely mentioned).
I'm not blaming Albert, maybe I'm just blaming the people who are too shallow and care more about a Prince life than the destiny of our planet, but that's how I see it, and I'd be interested in hearing someone else's opinion.

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Old 04-17-2006, 12:19 PM
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:) well, grace i think it does have a positive affect for two reasons. surely, on tv the focus was mainly on him and not expedition at first. that's pretty normal. However, the fact does remain imho, from what little i have read he is the first head of state to have made it to the north pole. so, in focusing on him and the accomplishment will always bring to mind the reason why it was done. that's pretty much history in the making right there. then, i think if PA does print either books articles etc with those pictures i think the second phase of furthering the awareness will be accomplished. personally, i HAD NO CLUE there was hardly any glaciers up there to that extent. also i wonder if on saturdays picture anyone knows how on that ridge with a gulf andwater how they managed to find the only bridge to get those sleds and dogs across, did they use electronic equipment for that:)
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I'd love to make that trip with that kind of support -- amazing experience!
I'd love to make the trip and see the north pole, no doubt about that, but all that support and over-organizing, no thank you.

BTW, I'm not sure about the positive effect. IMO Albert falls in a sort of gap between publications: not interesting enough for the tabloids (after all no scandals), not scientific enough for scientic publications and not newsworthy enough for newspapers. Here, the focus was on the pretty blonde and not on Albert or his message(Saturday's newspaper. I almost thought they had "promoted" her to his newest girlfriend. That says enough). The story made the television news, but only during the day and possibly because there was no other news to report. It was scrapped from the main news broadcasts in the evening. But any attention to global warming problem is good, so thumbs up to Albert. May I volunteer my services for the next trip to antartica? Official dog-cuddler, cook, anything?

BTW, anyone ever considered Albert's rather schizophrenic relation to the media? Sueing on the one hand and courting on the other?

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Old 04-17-2006, 10:01 PM
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:) well GHislanie inmho i am as much of the out-doorsy type as anyone, hoWEVER, hanging out in there in frostbite alley for the number of days and the risk these folks took is NOT my idea of a good time, although i would venture to guess the planning and organizing must have been the easy part of this adventure. i don't know that i would agree on the not interesting for tabloids type thing--tabloids are pretty much known to blow things out of proportion sometimes so no one might pay it any mind--but, the book with l-o-t-s of pictures is something that would probably go well with the right and consistent publicity.
for my o-pin-ION, I DON'T know about the neck of the woods you folks live at but over here global warming is making itself pretty persistent to the fact it won't be ignored, since larson b shelf fell off EVERY year has been dramatically worse in weather than the last and i think for the most part people over here are getting tired of losing the shirt off their back every hurricane and tornado season, so i think it can only help.

THOSE pooches they took are the warmest thing out there so i think everyone would draw straws to see whom gets to cuddle with them for the night on that one.
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Old 04-18-2006, 01:22 AM
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Maybe if he comes back with some information about how the icecap is melting, it'll get people's attention about the environmental situation. Just looking at the day-to-day photos doesn't really give much clue about the long-term situation in the Arctic.
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Old 04-18-2006, 02:29 AM
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Prince Albert of Monaco makes dogsled trip to North Pole

MONACO (AP) — The ruler of Monaco, Prince Albert II, reached the North Pole on Sunday after a four-day dogsled expedition to draw attention to the effects of global warming on the Arctic ice cap, his office said.

Albert and seven team members departed from a Russian base on Thursday for the 100-kilometer (60-mile) trip, a palace statement said. Along the way they faced rapidly changing weather, difficult visibility and fissures in the ice underfoot. Two team members were plunged into icy water at one point but were unharmed.

At the North Pole, Albert planted Monaco's flag as well as the flag of the International Olympic Committee, of which he is a member.

The prince planned the project after taking part in a scientific expedition in July to sites his great-great-grandfather visited in the Norwegian archipelago of Spitsbergen.
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Old 04-18-2006, 04:26 AM
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I found this slightly mocking article on the net:

http://www.jaunted.com/story/2006/4/17/54942/1858
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Old 04-18-2006, 04:35 AM
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Here is a more detailed article.

http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_i...5222645556B255

and as a side line to PAs comments I would like to add: yes, Albie, you are absolutely right about doing your part etc. So how about closing down the MC incinery plant, so that Albert III would not need to take a boat to get to the pole ?
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Old 04-18-2006, 07:17 AM
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LOL paca.

Would that be Andrea's son? :p

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Old 04-18-2006, 07:25 AM
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Great grandson I guess, but by then we'd probably have to prop up Fontvielle a little so that it doesn't become an underwater city. I wonder whether PA considers the rise of the water level in the recent land projects . Wonder what an underwater japanese garden will look like.... After reading the 2nd article though, I suppose I will still live to see it :(
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I found this slightly mocking article on the net:

http://www.jaunted.com/story/2006/4/17/54942/1858
Yes, I agree. I'm guessing it was written tongue-in-cheek.
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Old 04-18-2006, 08:58 AM
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Anyone know when Albert is returning to Monaco? I just read on this tread that he is now stopping to meet with Putin and then Chirac.

Is there any welcome home celebrations or anything to celebrate the success of the North Pole trip planned in Monaco?
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