After being delayed for a few days due to weather, Doug & Jack are off and have started skiing toward the pole. The two arrived at Barneo camp around midday, and got in about 5 hours of skiing before setting up camp at 8 pm. The next day they got in a full day of skiing and made up about 11 miles of progress toward their goal of the North Pole.
Although the pair is battling the “treadmill effect” on the ice, they are still making progress. The treadmill effect is the name for the phenomenon that occurs when the ice under the explorers’ feet acts like a treadmill — moving away from the destination as they hike toward it — and therefore limiting their net distance traveled. However, while the ice drifted about 2 miles in the opposite direction overnight, Doug & Jack recovered about 11 miles of forward progress, for a total of 9 net miles.