Arctic Joule Ending Charts

Here’s the spreadsheet and charts as of their arrival today in Cambridge Bay.
Arctic Joule tracking chart

Click on the thumbnail for the full PDF.

I’ve traveled further yesterday than the crew did on their entire journey, but I had a rather easy time of it.  In any event, there will probably be some final wrap-up post from me, as the two posts today from the crew aren’t quite the final ones.

They’ve made it to the halfway mark; I understand that the northwest passage is now blocked at both ends by ice. It was a tough year for the attempt, and they were hoping for a repeat of last year’s unusual conditions. No such luck.

This crew does not sound excited about trying it again in 2014 — perhaps that will change. I will be ready.

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

  • LexingtonGreen

    The drawing the boys did of themselves rowing backwards downwind needs to be made a permanent part of the blog before moving on to new topics in my humble opinion. Just for posterity sakes. http://northwestpassage2013.blogspot.com/2013/09/counting-down-days-which-yachts-are.html

  • Douglas_Kubler

    In fact I was banned All “comment” links have disappeared from my view of MLF. (I should have written “ban one from further posting”). It’s still a long cold winter for rational thinking.

  • http://DeHavelle.com Keith DeHavelle

    I wasn’t exactly banned — though this was far from clear at first. They simply removed (almost) all my posts — and it was the fact that they had missed a comment that made me realize that I wasn’t actually banned. So I went back, and folks seemed to generally appreciate that.

    It was a bit awkward as I’d originally gotten a very complimentary message from the MLF moderator before she realized that I was one of the Evil Deniers. (She’d complained about them in her letter to me.)

    But clearly they are getting rid of people and opinions that they find problematic — but Australia tried this approach and it rather backfired on them.

    It would be very good to see science overcome its current political influences. It is possible, but a lot of people and organizations have a lot at stake. I’ve been wryly amused that this situation is about 180° reversed from the story the catastrophists try to sell.

    I’ve been delighted to see that the ice freezing dissenting opinions out of the debate is starting to thaw. It’s been a long, cold winter for science.

    ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

  • Douglas_Kubler

    Mainstream on Facebook has turned into a stream of man-made global warming propaganda. It will erase even the mildest questioning post and, as I discovered, ban you from further posting. How long can Mainstream “deny” the change? LOL

  • kepler

    They certainly had their share of adventure with all the bullets that they dodged. In the words of Amundsen “Adventure is just bad planning.”

    Paul said “…it is absolutely essential that one considers facts and probabilities and not false hopes and wishes.” But they didn’t consider the facts when it came to the Arctic weather that they would be experiencing. They set out hoping and wishing that the weather would cooperate.

  • LexingtonGreen
  • LexingtonGreen

    Looks like even the Jet Skiers could not make it. One would have thought with all that global warming it would have been like the Caribbean or some such place of warmth and tranquility. http://northwestpassage2013.blogspot.com/2013/09/whats-with-icebreaker-going-to.html

  • mogur

    Okay, grin, how about an hot air balloon? Seems appropriate to me, especially a coal-fired one. Their motto could be “Screw the NW passage, we’re bat-shit crazy and cold”.

    Really glad the crew is safe and home, but I just can’t help feel a bit sad about the demise of their effort, and not about their global warming claptrap, but rather how surprised they were about the harsh environment. They seem to be experienced adventurers, but shocked that this trip was so difficult. Well, guess this arm-chair quarterback will just keep following the fire-fighter’s efforts.

  • mogur

    I’m just saying that it might be a touch hypocritical of a politically founded, funded, and driven organization/journal to claim that “Global warming alarmism is the most prominent recent example of science being coopted [sic] to serve a political agenda”.

    These are ‘scientists’ that think Obama hypnotized voters, HIV does not cause AIDS, there is a link between abortion and breast cancer, that evolution is a conspiracy by humanists, and that illegal immigrants have caused a sudden explosion of leprosy cases in the US. Whether I agree with your politics is besides the ironical point that an appeal to the scientific authority of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons may be a bit ‘charlatanesque’, itself.

    I still am in the process of weighing the evidence about global warming. And I have great disdain for closed minds and wing flapping on both sides. Politics ALWAYS obfuscates scientific reasoning. On that point, I hope we can agree.

  • LexingtonGreen

    Are you saying that billions of dollars in taxpayer funds that could have been used for productive purposes were not wasted on insane climate change studies? I think the point they made was completely valid.

  • mogur

    Oops, I think you have the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons confused with a scientific journal.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Association_of_American_Physicians_and_Surgeons

    Charlatans with a political agenda on both sides should back off a bit, imho.

  • kepler

    Maybe if the MLF guys had been rowing for a real noble cause like these guys, then the gods might have been with them starting with the god of boat design.

  • http://DeHavelle.com Keith DeHavelle

    And another of my posts was removed for even mentioning ice, in this sentence: “A pity about the ice.”

    I wonder what happened to (1) the Arctic Joule, and (2) their vehicle and trailer in Inuvik?

    ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

  • kepler

    The French kayakers are on their way again. They are rowing for a charitable organization that helps burn victims.

  • http://DeHavelle.com Keith DeHavelle

    I’d guess that the smell aspect was the least surprising part, though that doesn’t mean it could be ignored.

    A personal sub that can remain submerged for months is tough. And often enough, the ice is grounded rather than floating — so that there is no passage, above nor below. But it would work for more of a great-circle route; ignore the land and just cut straight across.

    But of course, the Arctic has always been passable from the viewpoint of submarines; it proves little and certainly doesn’t advance their cause.

    Neither did failing in their quest here.

    ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

  • LexingtonGreen

    Flying home. That says it all. Do as we say, not as we do. Just like in Animal Farm. I guess some animals are better than other animals.

  • Doug

    Interesting ending post on their site. They admit the ice was moving in, and discuss anecdotal evidence of this being the most ice in a long time. Then, they dutifully talk about global warming.

  • LexingtonGreen

    Interesting chart. 100% of the models were wrong. Who would have guessed that with so much money flowing that all would not have been accurate. http://www.drroyspencer.com/2013/06/still-epic-fail-73-climate-models-vs-measurements-running-5-year-means/

  • LexigntonGreen

    I don’t think they have even acknowledged they ended the quest. Anyhow, I do hope they come clean on the alarmism they were promoting. That would be their only hope for redemption. It is interesting in that the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons came out and called the warmist movement for what it is: “Global warming alarmism is the most prominent recent example of science being coopted to serve a political agenda.” “Global climate alarmism has been costly to society, and it has the potential to be vastly more costly. It has also been damaging to science, as scientists adjust both data and even theory to accommodate politically correct positions. How can one escape from the Iron Triangle when it produces flawed science that is immensely influential and is forcing catastrophic public policy?” I know they won’t care, but as of now I have nothing but disdain for the charlatans of the warmist movement.

  • mogur

    Who knew that an arctic adventure involved smelling three other people’s stinky feet. A drone, or a personal sub might be a better call, next time. And plenty of old spice.