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Daring Japanese Explorer to Attempt Solo Trek to North Pole

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Image from one of the North Pole Environmental Observatory webcams. (Image credit: North Pole Environmental Laboratory)

A Japanese explorer will attempt to hike solo to the North Pole next year, armed with only as many supplies as he can carry. In March, Yasunaga Ogita, who was forced to cut short his first attempt at the harrowing 500-mile (800 kilometers) journey in 2012, is aiming to trek from the northernmost part of Nunavut, in Canada, to the North Pole, reported Japan Today.

Ogita will have only 220 pounds (100 kilograms) of supplies with him on the journey, and there will be no opportunities to gather more provisions along the way. The intrepid explorer will attempt to complete the grueling trek in 50 days, according to Japan Today.

Ogita will begin training in February, and is scheduled to depart Nunavut in March. If successful, Ogita will become the first Japanese person to complete the daring expedition, and only the third person to successfully trek solo to the North Pole.

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Denise Chow is the Assistant Managing Editor at Live Science. Before joining the Live Science team in 2013, she spent two years as a staff writer for Space.com, where she wrote about rocket launches and covered NASA's final three space shuttle missions. A Canadian transplant, Denise has a bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto, and a master's degree in journalism from New York University.