I am taking part in an expedition to the “Northern Pole of Inaccessibility” or “Arctic Pole” in February 2016. Part of the Ice Warrior Team led by Jim McNeill, I will play my part to trek to the centre of the Arctic Ocean – this is the first time that this has been attempted by foot.
The 800 mile journey from Ellef Ringnes Island, Canada, to the Pole of Inaccessibility has been split into four sections. Jim has selected 6 people to accompany him on each leg of the expedition. Each team will be on the ice for 20 days, skiing for up to 16 hours a day, in frigid temperatures (minus 50 degrees Celsius) whilst dragging our own bodyweights across an ever-diminishing layer on the Arctic Ocean.
The science behind this trip is my reason for getting involved – I will help play a part in monitoring the state of the Arctic Ocean. The expedition will be gathering crucial data to help benchmark the condition of the ocean for NASA funded National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) scientists, led by Walt Meier. We will feed data into the MET office, the Royal Geographical Society, Norwegian Polar Institute and the Scott Polar Research Institute.
Through this expedition the Ice Warrior Team will help to relay the message of climate change and the effects on the Arctic ecosystem to the world. We will challenge our minds, our bodies and no doubt our spirits.
This blog explores my reasons for getting involved, my training and preparation for this mammoth task. I hope you enjoy it!
If you would like to discuss the expedition in further detail, please email me via firstname.lastname@example.org