Norwegian Polar Explorer Borge Ousland and French Adventurer Vincent Colliard are currently attempting the unsupported crossing of the St. Elias Ice Field. They started their expedition on the 21st of April and are currently on the ice for their third glacier crossing - after the successful Main Spitsbergen and Stikine Glacier crossings - of the Alpina & Ice Legacy Project, a long-term expedition project to become the first Men to cross the 20 largest glaciers on earth.

The aim is to raise public awareness about the importance for mankind of preserving the ancestral ice, and to collect data for the scientific community. Both adventurers are wearing the ALPINA HOROLOGICAL SMARTWATCH to measure their activity parameters and sleep during the crossing.

Shared between Alaska and Canada, St Elias Wrangell Mountains Range Ice field is the largest non-polar ice field in the world with a total 31700 square kilometers and up to 1 kilometer thick. It nourishes many valley glaciers that drain down both sides of the range. St Elias Wrangell Mountains Range Ice Field is mostly in retreat.



Two main rivers border the ice field. The Copper River is a 290-mile (470 km) river in south-central Alaska known for its extensive delta ecosystem, as well as for its prolific runs of wild salmon. The river is the tenth largest in the United States. The Alsek river is a wilderness river flowing from Canada - Yukon into Northern British Columbia -and into Alaska. The ice field have advanced and retreated repeatedly, reaching the sea and filling the rivers of Copper and Alsek.

St Elias Wrangell Mountains Range Ice Field has a wide variety of habitats. Much of the area is high mountain peaks covered with permanent ice. Rivers occupy broad, flat glacial valleys and have constantly-changing braided riverbeds.

The two explorers will first embark on a flying journey onboard a Cessna 185 with all their gear. The plan is to fly over the icecap all the way to the start point, Novatak area at approx. 59’ 24’’53N 138’ 22’’ 23W.

From there, they will ski pulling their sleds for about 430 kilometers all the way to Miles area 60’40’’32N 144’ 36’’00W. Then Børge Ousland and Vincent Colliard hope to use their light rafts and paddle the Copper river for 30 to 40 kilometers before the pickup point. They will take food and fuel for approximately 40 days.



It will be possible to follow the expedition daily through the website www.icelegacy.com directly on the home page. The website will be updated every day for the length of the expedition. From the ice, the two explorers will transfer their position, some text describing the day on the field and also a photo in order to illustrate the text. The content will be then relayed on all IceLegacy and Alpina Watches social platforms.

About the Explorers

Borge Ousland – The Legend
"Borge Ousland is undoubtedly the most experienced living polar explorer." National Geographic Adventure.
With more than 20 years of record-breaking Arctic and Antarctic expeditions, Norwegian Borge Ousland became the first explorer to complete a solo expedition to the North Pole without resupplying. As a Nansen and Amundsen heir, he was also the first to cross the Antarctic continent alone. Borge is also a renowned photographer and documentary filmmaker who has already received numerous international awards for his films and expeditions.

Vincent Colliard – The Successor
"Vincent Colliard is a young adventurer, energetic and with a strong character, who has the unique ability to forge ahead when anyone else would give up." Borge Ousland

Frenchman Vincent Colliard, 28 years old, is an experienced adventurer, having participated in expeditions across Norway, Patagonia, Alaska and the Himalayas. In 2010, he was a crewmember aboard "Northern Passage" with his mentor Borge Ousland during the historic first expedition/circumnavigation of the Arctic Ocean ever completed in a single season. Once again with his mentor, he completed the first crossing of Nordauslandet glacier in Spitsbergen in 2012.
The Alpina Horological Smartwatch



Described as a synthesis of high-tech innovation and traditional Swiss watch craftsmanship, the Alpina Horological Smartwatch has no digital screen. Instead, the laser cut hands on the watch dial display information in analog form. The Alpina Horological Smartwatches retain their classic appeal and can deliver without ever having to recharge a battery.
Powered by MotionX®, the 100m/330ft water-resistant Alpina Horological Smartwatches is capable of bi-directional communication with iPhone and Android apps. The Alpina Horological Smartwatch supports the following functionalities:

- Always-on time & date
- MotionX® activity tracking
- Sleeptracker® sleep monitoring
- Sleep cycle alarms
- Get-Active alerts
- Adaptive coaching
- World Time
- 2 years battery life / 100m-300ft water-resistant

The MotionX patented sensor-fusion engine tracks activity and sleep patterns with high accuracy. Activity and sleep information is presented in real-time using traditional analog dials. The watch synchronizes automatically with applications on Apple and Android smartphones.



 

On the iOS and Android apps, simple and easy-to-understand graphics highlight how much one has moved and slept during the day, week, or month. This data will assist users to better understanding themselves, and along with appropriate goal setting and intelligent coaching, will improve their well-being. Better sleep and a more active lifestyle are widely recognized as simple, but effective, positive behavioral changes.

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