Pinky and Perky

On Saturday I went to see Steph of Bootcamp SE16 with Pinky and Perky. Steph traded Pinky and Perky for Beast 1 and Beast 2. After the trade we commenced tyre training. Pulling and yanking the tyres was a quick realisation of the hard work I have ahead of me. In the Arctic I will be pulling my own body weight across the frozen arctic sea. It’s going to be damn tough.

Saying that I can’t wait for more tyre action. I shall drag, pull, lift and jump over those tyres until I am as fit as a fiddle.




An Arctic Ask

Learning the ropes

For the past 9 months I’ve engrossed myself in expedition planning and fitness, navigation and camp craft, technical rope work, expedition medical training – Remote Emergency Care, Level 4 (oh yeah!!!) and expedition leadership and teamwork. I have two jobs; my day job, and my polar job!

I feel competent and ready for the ice; I feel that in an emergency I can deal with any (or most) situations in front of me. I trust my team mates.

I’ve 4 months to go before I hit the great Arctic Sea ice and have one final hurdle to conquer. Getting the funding! I have invested all of my savings (and some of HSBC’s) into this expedition, but I still need to secure funds for the logistics of getting me out to Ottawa, then onto Baffin Island and finally onto Resolute Bay. I need to secure funds for my qajaq (Inuit word for kayak) to keep me safe and to store my food, I need to do one last bout of training in Svalbard, and find some nice wolverine fur to keep me from frostbite.

This amounts to £14,000. I am in discussions with various corporates about sponsorship – we have two big companies on board at the moment, and I am making good links with the science world.

I am training 5 times a week to get my stick arms strong, I am running, I am pulling tyres, I am doing insanity workouts … which I hate. I am eating like a horse. I am doing everything in my power to ensure I am the best teammate I can be – a reliable, fit, conscientious, fun and dependable team mate.

I eat, breath and sleep polar.

If you can support me get to the start line, either by introductions to companies who might like to sponsor me, or donating through my crowdfunding site, I would be super appreciative AND you can say you helped with a world first expedition.

If you would like further information do get in touch.

Crowdfunding site:

Twitter: @pookielondon

Thank you Nordic Walking UK

I’d like to say a big THANKS to Gill at Nordic Walking UK for her support with the last pole expedition. Nordic Walking UK and the very tasty Finn Crisps have donated me my very own carbon walking poles, hat, training top, book, tuition and a box of Finn crisps to gear me up for my Arctic trek. Walking with poles is great but walking with poles Nordic style is better!

The position of the poles emulates the same position of my ski poles and as such will help build upper arm strength ready to drag / pull my own body weight across the ice with my qajaq.

This weekend I will be Nordic walking to the Thames Barrier with my partner in crime, Arctic Andy. I’ll let you know how I get on and feel afterwards.

Check out the Nordic Walking UK site

Presenting at the National Maritime Museum

I am both excited and nervous about next week (Thursday 9 October). I am presenting the Pole of Inaccessibility expedition to an audience at the National Maritime Museum. The museum has recently secured two important paintings from George Stubbs which date back to 1772 and Cooks voyage of discovery. The audience of scientists, explorers, museum professionals and interested parties will examine exploration from yesteryear and today – with these paintings as a focus.

My presentation will focus on the who and why of the expedition with insights into training. I will also look at Arctic exploration since the 1400’s and what drives the human race to visit such extreme climates. Relaying an expedition to people back home is particularly tough in the Arctic due to satellite coverage. I will talk through the technology that we will take with us and the importance of new technology and media to help the team tell our story while we are on the ice.

If you are keen to know more you can get your tickets here.

See you there.