Have you ‘The Right Stuff’ to explore the Arctic?

Jonny By Jonny, 4th May 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1seo39vq/
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Renowned explorer Jim McNeill wants ordinary people to join him on polar expedition

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HAVE you got the right stuff to undertake an 800 mile exploration trek in the Arctic?

One of the world’s most experienced explorers, Jim McNeill, is seeking 28 people to trek throughout the inhospitable regions to sample sea-ice levels.

However, there is a £20,000 fundraising target.

The expedition, part of the Ice Warrior project and will run from February to May 2016. Applicants will be invited to a selection weekend in June or July. Those successful will then receive comprehensive UK and Arctic training.

The expedition will use new technologies such as the hybrid kayak-sledge QAJAQ, designed by Jim himself. It serves as a vessel on ice, sea ice and water and double as a survival pod.

McNeill said: “We want to recruit ordinary men and women on this epic expedition, to show that most people have the ‘right stuff’. This is one of the biggest, boldest and most exciting expeditions of our time, and harks back to the golden age of polar exploration, when there were no experts.

“I want 28 people in four teams of seven who will commit to a 20 day period on ice; aged 18-80, from all walks of life and who want to make history and a crucial contribution to science.

“Expeditioners will be measuring many sea-ice parameters and the data they collect will further our knowledge of how it disintegrates and therefore how long it will last.”

Jim, who has over 30 years of polar expedition experience, is passionate about opening up the Arctic to those willing to participate. “People don’t need to be super fit. Maturity, in the truest sense of the word, will help but what is essential is that people must be excellent team players.”

The journey, including all training and kit, costs around £20,000 per person and participants are required to have the drive to fundraise this money. The expedition will be split into four legs, each lasting 20 days. In total, the trek will cover 800 miles.

To apply to be selected for the expedition, visit www.lastpole.co.uk. For information about Jim McNeill visit www.ice-warrior.com . The expedition is being promoted on Twitter with the hashtag #LastPole and participants can register their interest by texting ‘ICE’ to 66777.

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Arctc Exploration, Arctic, Arctic Sea Ice, Northern Pole Of Inaccessability, Polar Exploration

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author avatar Deepizzaguy
4th May 2015 (#)

Being a native of Panama where they are any cold weather days I would politely say no to visit the Arctic.

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author avatar Jonny
4th May 2015 (#)

Me too sir - minus stupid degrees is beyond me, but I have to admire those that do.

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author avatar Deepizzaguy
5th May 2015 (#)

I agree with you Jonny. It takes a brave person to go the Arctic.

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