Clima extremo: así ha dejado la humedad y el frío del Ártico las manos de este remero
Tiene 11 récord mundiales en la travesía de 1.000 kilómetros por el Ártico. Y no es fácil. Su peor enemigo es la meteorología, que esta vez casi le vence. Pero no. El clima polar no ha conseguido parar al inglés Alex Gregory, doble campeón olímpico y cinco veces campeón del mundo de remo: "se calaban en mis huesos, como agujas y alfileres en cada uno de mis dedos". ¿Lo peor? Las manos, cuya foto ha impactado en redes.
El clima en el Ártico es muy extremo. Los inviernos son muy fríos, con temperaturas que pueden bajar hasta los -68ºC, y el verano solo dura de seis a diez semanas. La humedad es muy baja, excepto en verano en las zonas costeras, que aumenta notablemente.
Almost 4 weeks ago we were here, slowly navigating our way through an ice field. We had to be so careful because it wouldn't take much for the ice to pierce a hole in the shell of the boat... I loved finding this rare white Arctic ice rhino!! #arcticocean #iceberg #rhino #icefield #adventure #rowing #nofilter #amazing #arcticadventures #freezing #rowinglife #24hourdaylight #polarrow
A pesar de todos estos factores, el remero Alex Gregory lo ha logrado. Ha recorrido, durante un mes, 1.000 kilómetros junto a otros 5 compañeros. Se trata de una expedición benéfica que comenzó el pasado 20 de julio en Noruega.
Gregory ha querido compartir en sus redes como le ha afectado el frío y la humedad a su epidermis: "tras pasar tanto tiempo dentro de guantes húmedos y de soportar las inclemencias del clima polar. Las ampollas no fueron un gran problema, pero la humedad ha permeado completamente la piel".
A photo of my hands after spending so long in wet gloves. The blisters were never bad on this row, but the wet and damp seeped into the skin. It's been one hell of an experience! I'm so glad I was a part of @thepolarrow but I also cannot wait to be home... #rowing #recovery #wet #freezing #hands #whitewalker #oceanrowing #gruesome #homesoon
Pero ha merecido la pena. El equipo ha acumulado un total de 11 récords mundiales, incluyendo la latitud más boreal alcanzada en la historia de la navegación a remo. ¡Enhorabuena campeones 🚣🏆!
2/3 After around 7 days of tough seas and with failing power supplies we made the decision as a crew to head for the island of Jan Mayen in order to recover, recuperate and fix the technical issues we were having onboard with the power supplies. My feet were extremely wet and cold, clothing damp, I was undernourished but to be quite honest in good spirits as we all were. I was hurting, I had been scared, I was worried about safety but I was happy. I was enjoying myself in the weird way that people do who willingly put themselves in these situations. I've heard it described as type two fun: pretty hellish while it's going on, but once done you realise the experience was so much fun! We were all glad to step foot on land on 19th August where we were met with open arms by some of the Norwegian residents of the military/meteorological base here. Hoisting our boat out of the water by forklift quickly and efficiently we were instantly safe. The best meal I have ever eaten awaited me...and these meals have continued for days since. If you ever come across anyone in need, help them. That is what these people have done for us. In reality all we needed or hoped for was a dry shed floor but we have been given everything. Beds, food, safety, warmth and friendship. The hospitality has been extraordinary on this remote volcanic island in the middle of the Greenland sea and it means so much to us. We have regained strength, I'm still suffering from the effect of cold on my feet along with some of the other crew members but I see it as a small price to pay for the experiences I have had. So on reflection I have decided not to step back on the boat. it's a difficult decision because I'm part of a team, a big team, team Polar Row. For me to be stopping makes it more difficult for the boat to reach the end destination of Iceland. But I support the skipper Fiann and am trying to help and facilitate that happening. This isn't easy though, we find ourselves on an island that is incredibly difficult to get on and off. We were lucky to find it and be allowed on, but getting off is nearly impossible unless you're prepared to stay for months! Continued...