Back from rowing 1000 miles across the Arctic

In July I left to row across the Arctic Ocean. I ended up spending 41 days in a rowboat at sea without touching land once. We rowed 1000 miles from Inuvik Canada to Point Hope Alaska. Along the journey we collected plankton samples to predict future whale migrations, saw a polar bear and her cub, almost got crushed by ice bergs, frostbit my finger tips, lost 25 pounds and learned a lot about ocean rowing.

General pictures (first set)
Science pictures
Video of ice berg

Here’s what we accomplished.

  • Longest non-stop row in Arctic history, measured by duration and distance
  • First non-stop international row over 1000 miles in Arctic waters
  • Pioneered a new route for modern ocean rowing spanning the Beaufort and Chucki Sea between Inuvik, CA and Point Hope, AK
  • First  non-stop row covering all of Alaska’s North Slope
  • First ocean row in the arctic to combine human power exploration and marine science

It’s good to be back, but I do miss the simplicity of expedition life.

Published by Neal Mueller