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Gjeldnes Rune

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An adventure-company headed by Rune Gjeldnes. The name indicates the nature of their principal aims and activities: experiencing the challenges available at sea, on land or in the air. His background and experiences in the Norwegian Navy Seal's (Marinejegers) have given him the ability and the opportunity to succeed in whatever he plan and prepare.

Rune Gjeldnes was born in Surnadal, Norwa

y. Growing up in the vicinity of mountainous Trollheimen, Rune spent all his leisure time in the mountains doing a variety of activities, including mountaineering and river paddling, gaining crucial experience from all seasons. He has worked at Marinejegerkommandoen (Norwegian Navy Seals) for five years, together with Torry. He participated in the Greenland Umanaq - Isertoq expedition in 1994 and succeded on the G2 Expedition in 1996. He reached the North Pole with David Hempleman-Adams (UK) on April 28 1998. 1998 was "A Year of Adventure" for Rune, with six different expeditions around the world. I.e. Baffin Island crossing, Mt. Aconcagua, Magnetic North Pole, Rio Merevari canoeing, etc. In 1999 and 2000 he was back in the Navy and planned, prepared and did the crossing of the Arctic Ocean with Torry Larsen. 

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Rune Gjeldnes

Born 1971-05-20, in Surnadal, Norway, Rune Gjeldnes is a Norwegian adventurer. He completed his military education in 1992, where he met fellow adventurer-to-be Torry Larsen, also of Møre og Romsdal. Gjeldnes served in the Norwegian Naval Special Operations Command until 1997.

Together with Torry Larsen, Rune Gjeldnes travelled across Greenland in 1996. In 1997 he planned and completed the "Arctic Ocean 2000" expedition–a 109-day, 2,100 kilometer trip—becoming the first to cross the Arctic Ocean without resupplies. In 1998 Gjeldnes and Bjørn Loe became the first to paddle the Rio Merevari in Venezuela. Rune participated in North Pole expeditions in 1997 and 1998, crossed Baffin Island in northern Canada in 1998, and later the same year climbed Mt Aconcagua (6,959 m/22,831 ft). From 1999 to 2000 he again worked for the Royal Norwegian Navy (RNoN).

In February 2006, Rune Gjeldnes completed "The Longest March", a three-month 4,800 kilometer solo ski trek across the South Pole region, becoming the first person to cross that area alone without being resupplied. His route went from Queen Maud Land, over the Pole, and on to Terra Nova Bay. The final couple of weeks of the journey had to be made on foot, as Gjeldnes had lost one of his mountain skis off his sled, this before having to descend a glacier of 2,000 m (~6,500 ft) a.s.l. in order to reach his destination. The distance is the equivalent of the North Cape of Norway to Cairo in Egypt plus 300 km. The expedition had a scientific element as Gjeldnes took regular blood samples of himself to be used in studies of the human immune system under extreme conditions.

He now holds the records of the longest ski journey without being resupplied and the longest ski journey generally. He is the only person to ski across the North Pole, the South Pole and Greenland without resuplement.

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