Making headlines

Since I decided to get my ar*e in gear again, I’ve been dragging the tyres, having some great training sessions with Steph of BootcampSE16 and I’ve been back in the media. This week I went with four team members from the South West to do some filming for BBC Points West. We hit the sandy shore of Weston Super Mare for tyre drags and interviews. It was so sunny and seemed a million miles from the Arctic climate we’ll experience next year.

Although we were soaking up the sun and being interviewed for 2 hours, the clip is 2 minutes long. Check it out on the BBC website.

Other press for team members have been ramping up too:

Kip in the Bridport News

Garri in the Yate and Sodbury news

Simon in the North East news

Garri and Catherine in the North Wales news

Tim in Get West London

Kayley in the Windsor Observer

Michael in the Daily Record





Southwark News

Yesterday I had an article in the Southwark News.  It was written by Elllie Ross and explores why I am taking part in this expedition, training and how people can help me get to the start line in February.

I was out dragging my tyres at 6am this morning and had to stop for 10 minutes as a local dog walker was chatting to me about the article. It certainly made my hard training session easier.

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.

Presenting Polar Pook

On Thursday 20 March I gave a presentation to staff at City Hall on my decision to train for the Pole of Inaccessibility with the Ice Warrior Project.

Talking water, snow and cooking

I’ve never been one for presenting, especially in front of people I know but I have received some great feedback on my presentation and more importantly I got a few laughs… in a good way.

I took staff through the how and why I signed up for ‘quest’, basic training and the intricacies of the expedition – polar bear watch, nutrition, keeping warm, training and kit.

My top facts went down well:

  • In the run up to February 2015 I will be eating 6 times per day
  • On the expedition I’ll be pulling 60kg behind me every day
  • I will have to take my turn doing bear watch every night for 2 hours
  • 40kpm is the speed of a polar bear
  • My sleeping bag goes down to -40’
  • Each leg of the expedition is 200 miles
  • I will need to consume 6000 calories per day on the expedition
  • On average I will cover 10 miles per day ski-walking

If you want to take a look at my presentation, you can do so here. I’ve even added some notes so you can understand what the images are representing.