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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Crowdfunding site: http://www.gofundme.com/polarpook