In the summer of 2012, Master of Arts in Learning Techonologies alumnus Scott Mortensen (MA ‘10) completed a record-breaking journey across the Arctic Ocean. Mortensen, an Atlantic Ocean rower, was part of a four-man crew that spent 41 days at sea and traveled 1000 miles across the Northwest Passage in a specially outfitted rowboat.
No one had ever rowed across the Arctic Ocean as the route has only recently thawed enough to be navigable. The crew faced man obstacles including Arctic storms that kept them anchored for 11 days at one point in their journey.
In addition to the personal challenge the adventure presented, one of the main goals of the voyage was to raise awareness about climate change and how it is affecting the Arctic. The team collaborated with Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation to identify data collection opportunities along the route for further research.
The team’s voyage was documented in hundreds of hours of video footage and still photography. Footage from Mortensen’s forthcoming film, Into thin Ice, can be seen at scottmortensen.com.
Mortensen is an adventure filmmaker, marketer, and social entrepreneur who oversees profitable ventures for stakeholders, people and the planet. In addition to participating in humanitarian missions across the globe, he has climbed Mount Everest and biked across the United States.