Learning the Ropes

I didn't expect Arctic skills training to involve learning to tie knots. I naively thought that knowing how to tie my shoe laces would get me through. But, as I discovered, each knot must be fit for purpose and the double-bow used on my shoes will not prevent a tent blowing away in a gale. [...]

5000 pints to the Pole

The average cost of a beer in the UK is £3. The cost to go to the centre of the Arctic Ocean is £15'000. Maths tells me that works out at 5000 pints of average beer to get me to the Pole. Will you help? With 10 months to go I need to do some serious [...]

Long is the Arctic night: Polar skills training

You learn a lot about yourself while lying in nothing but your underwear on a bed of ice at -15°C. You learn how much pain you can bear in your hands before heading back to the warm of Longyearbyen's Guesthouse 102, what led you to take part in this madness, pushes you through it and, [...]

Arctic kit list

The Ice Warrior team are preparing for a winter training trip to Svalbard, the archipelago of islands off Norway's northern coast that lie approximately 600 miles from the North Pole. This will be my third trip to the fridge that is Svalbard. After saving hard and re-mortgaging my house I now own the essential kit [...]