First down Priestley Glacier

Ten years ago i finished the descending of the Priestley Glacier as the first one, hopefully the last one 🙂 It became worst than a nightmare for me. I was prepared for very strong wind or hurricane, on my way down. That became not the biggest challenge. Crevasses bigger than houses and snow bridges became…

Clingman Peak – 10 years ago.

10 years ago, 21th of January was one of my best days ever. After about 77 days on the ice I finally saw the first mountain on the other side of Antarctica. 75 kilometers away I could see the contour of a mountain. For several days I have imagine that I have been seing mountains,…

South Pole memorial trip

It was time to team up with David Hempleman-Adams on a new trip to the South Pole. David had organized a Shackleton memorial expedition celebrating the Centenary of Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, and I was helping out with practical things during the journey. On the other hand, but not so important, it was 10 years…

NEW – Gallery

Have been thinking of a gallery on the webpage for some time. Or more than what it is space for in the margin. There is so many picture appearing when looking into 20 years photo archive which even I have not seen. So the plan is to show some of them in the Gallery menu…

Arctic Ocean 2015

Finally, it was time to check the ice conditions on the Arctic Ocean again. Teamed up with David Hempleman-Adams and 12 other excited and nice teammates, we arrived Longyearbyen on Svalbard where the last preparation where made. Some gear had to be modified and the food shared between everyone. And certainly everyone was enjoying the…

“Polar inovation” -hit or just good old style?

It has been some focus on an innovational polar skirt in the polar society, which has become a so-called hit among the polar team. It is called innovation which is quite funny. Because, this important detail on polar clothing, has been there since Amundsen and his team were at the South Pole…more than 100 years ago.…

Mountain Medical Course Weekend

13th – 15th of November Norwegian Mountain Medical Company (NFS) invited to the yearly weekend seminar in mountain medicine at Radisson Blu Resort Trysil. 120 persons participated. This is a course for those who want more knowledge in mountain medicine. The course is primarily suitable for those who have reason skills of first aid, and is…

Stetind Challenge Preparation

Since the 2nd of October Rune and good helpers have been around Peak Stetind preparing and waiting for the right weather window. If any attempt on a skydive onto the peak, the conditions had to be perfect to minimize the risk.  After several weeks with unstable weather Rune decided to move north to Tysfjord area,…

1994 Greeland crossing – 20 years

27th of March 1994 Rune and Torry started out from Umanaq on the West coast towards Isertoq on the East coast. The hardest one, Rune says. It was Runes first “real” expedition and was a really good lesson learn and preparation for the Greenland lengthways expedition, two years later. Without lengthways would have been impossible. They…

In the footstep of Jan Baalsrud

The Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) in co-operation with Norwegian Armed Forces is just about to finish the filming of Jan Baalsrud´s amazing escape from the Nazi in Northern Norway during WW2. Ronny Bratli and Rune Gjeldnes do the entire the route and meet the people and challenges Jan Baalsrud encountered i 1943. Ronny and Rune did…

Mungo Park Medal

Thursday the 14th of June 2012 the Norwegian polar explorer and adventurer Rune Gjeldnes was awarded the prestigious Mungo Park Medal from the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. In addition to the medal Mr Gjeldnes was also given an honorary membershipof the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. The award ceremony took place at PerthConcert Hall in Scotland,…

New Polar Shell clothing

Since 1999, together with Bergans, Rune has been looking for the best Polar expedition clothing possible. For the Summer North Pole expedition we were looking for modifications on the Bergans Antarctica suite made in Microfiber. There will always be some few things to optimize and want changes. During summertime on the Arctic Ocean we new…

Film First Summer North Pole

Tom Edvindsen, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) made a film of Cecilie Skog and Rune Gjeldnes attempt to become the first to ski and canoe to the North Pole during the summer. Cecile and Rune had to make a hard desission. Push on towards North to try to reach the North Pole, and have a big chance…

North Pole Guiding

Came to Longyearbyen in the afternoon, and everyone hands on sorting the gear and food out. The flight to the Borneo station was the next day. Very short time, but we made everything ready for the flight in time. Everything was organized by my good expedition colleague David Hempleman-Adams and his company Cold Climate Expedition.…

Back home from Madagascar

Back home Well back in Norway after six fantastic weeks on Madagascar. The four weeks journey down the river has been even more exciting, more challenging and more beautiful than expected. It will take time to digest all the memories, and they will never be forgotten. One of the best memories is all the friendly…

Madagascar medic

Medical training Both of us have several medic courses, but it’s always important to do a brush up before each expedition. We had one evening with Dr. Kjell, specialist in anesthetic and he will be the expedition doctor. All the medicine was gone through, and the most possible and common injuries and treats for this…

Cordon Rouge Club

26th of May I had the honor to become a member of the Cordon Rouge Club. This happened on Isle of White. The best was to get the membership together with a expedition hero for myself, which have been an inspiration since I was a little boy, Sir Chris Bonnington. Great! The club was founded…