Training for a 1000 miler: mystery and romance

Training for a 1000 miler: mystery and romance

Some of you know this already: all these pictures of sleds and snow are part of a bigger plan. World domination? Maybe later. First, a more modest target: a 1000-mile Alaska traverse, from Anchorage to Nome, starting February 19. Few places speak to the frontier, the edge, as Alaska does, full of romance and mystery. […]

Thrive at the Edge

Thrive at the Edge

A couple of hundred miles into the Yukon Arctic Ultra race, it is night again. 30 degrees below. My sled slides silently behind me as I run evenly across the surface of yet another frozen lake. My early hamstring injury is holding up, with the help of a KT tape fix I found works. I […]

Cold Latitudes – Our Story

Cold Latitudes – Our Story

Cold Latitudes was founded in 2011 to find new ways to help organizations increase their performance. We found our focus in the extreme environment of the Arctic. For Arctic expeditions, margins of safety are thin. Sleds are heavy. Snow is deep. Storms happen. Cold kills. Skill and spirit is all that stands between success and defeat. […]

Creation is where vision and reality meet

Creation is where vision and reality meet

Well before we crossed the Arctic Circle and faced low temperatures and deep snow, there was a vision: a Greenland crossing, on skis; a science agenda; self-supported, with a sled; self-flown, in a tiny airplane. I knew about sleds and skis; I knew a bit about Greenland. But all the scientists I knew were comfortably lodged in […]

The Arctic Delivers Clarity

The Arctic Delivers Clarity

After three days of an all-out effort, the team had not found an access route from the frozen sea to Coronation Glacier. We were north of the Arctic Circle, we had a science agenda to execute, and we were running out of time. It was only reasonable to acquiesce to the situation. We agreed we […]

Expedition Complete

Expedition Complete

We are back in once piece. We have the data. We have the pictures and the videos. 31 days of adventure put our skills and resilience to the test. We rode whatever good weather we could find to minimize our flight risk. And enjoyed poutine varietals as we crossed Quebec first West to East, then […]

Our little Expedition is on the Daily Camera

Our little Expedition is on the Daily Camera

Science correspondent for the Daily Camera Charlie Brennan nicely captures and frames the approach to our science expedition and the motivations that propel it in Saturday morning’s top story. As we were talking with Charlie, it hit me how much of a Boulder endeavor this is – from ASD Inc. contributing the spectroradiometer, to Boulder […]

Eleven days before take off

Eleven days before take off

We are living the knowledge economy. We sit and ponder about narrower and narrower topics, neurons within a superb yet spiralingly complex lattice of sensors, sense-makers, and deciders. With that backdrop, it is a welcome change of pace to work with my hands, modifying sleds, building cooking tables, labeling equipment bags, folding a large and […]

19 days to Baffin

19 days to Baffin

Little by little the Penny Ice Cap Expedition is taking over my mind and my time. Abstractions and generalities about a great adventure turn into a thousand details that matter. The easy details are taken care of, and the tough ones are now front and center, as the clock ticks away towards our scheduled take […]

Committed to Exploration

Committed to Exploration

Air Canada. Knowledge Engineer. 1987. Hot Stuff. The renowned and perspicacious author sitting in the next seat looks at me sharply: “You have a problem with commitment”. Hmm. Maybe I’m not so hot. Ten years later. Varig. Strategy innovation consultant. The mission: transform a staid company in a staid industry into an innovation dragon. Young kids […]