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Are you planning a polar expedition? Here's some advice from one of our previous participants:

 

Dear Prospective Polar Explorer,

If you are contemplating a trip of a life time to either of the Poles, North or South, I would strongly suggest that you contact Rick Sweitzer and his team of fellow experts at PolarExplorers to discuss how to accomplish these challenging trips of a lifetime. I speak from experience. On January 3-5, 2017 I journeyed from our Antarctic base to the Geographical South Pole at 90° S. On April 13, 2017 I travelled from our floating polar ice camp to the Geographic North Pole at 90°N. For both journeys I entrusted myself to PolarExplorers, acknowledged experts in this limited field. This decision was made after a very long and careful review and consideration of every travel option, and every company in the field. PolarExplorers had the track record, the personnel, and the reputation I was looking for. They delivered on the logistics and experience that they had committed to - completely. 
 
This unsolicited testimonial has been provided simply to ensure that if you are seriously considering one or both of these trips, you cannot cut corners in your thinking or planning or who you select. Do your own research. This will inevitably lead you to review PolarExplorers' record, its programs, and its team members. Compare them against others. This is exactly what I did, followed by extensive discussions with Rick and his associates. You simply cannot take such travel for granted. You want to be in the more trusted and competent hands possible.
 
The PolarExplorers team are all experts in their fields, and just as importantly very personable and engaging individuals. They care about what they do and this shows in every detail. Polar and extreme travel is their passion and vocation. They have earned these few words in this letter from a very satisfied client and now friend. 
 
There are many unique aspects to consider when contemplating Polar travel. If you would like me to expand upon what I have said herein, simply contact me at your convenience. If you can enjoy the same experiences I had, then I would be very pleased indeed. To state that these are trips of a lifetime is an understatement.
 
Yours truly,
 
William McCarthy
+1-604-889-6042 
 
 
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For more references read on...

 

"The most amazing trip of my life. Annie and Eric are a testament to the company. This was one of the best weeks of my 48 year old life." May, 2017

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"A fantastic experience & wonderful trip. Eric and Annie were marvelous guides. This trip was superb as was South Georgia. I'm so happy to have had this magnificent adventure with PolarExplorers in Iceland. Rob and Eric were terrific companions. I'm looking forward to skiing to the South Pole with PolarExplorers next January." May, 2017

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"It was a privilege to share this experience with team mates Dean, Pia, Joel, Mike, Tamas, and my fantastic guides Annie and Eric. Annie and Eric were fantastic. We had a little bit (actually a lot) of everything - cold temperatures, pressure ridges, wide open pans, flat light conditions where I really couldn't see where I was going, and a lead that seriously threatened to keep us from reaching the Pole. I am at the stage of my life where I am accumulating experiences, and this is one that I will never ever forget!" April, 2017

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"Thank you Rick, Annie, Keith, Taylor, Eric and Chris for making this an enjoyable experience. 1st rate leadership, well managed program. Eric was a great leader for our group bringing friendship, common sense and a positive attitude each and every day. Encounter with polar bear was handled professionally and without risking either animal or clients. Rick, you run a well oiled machine and I have appreciated being a part of 2017 South Pole and North Pole Ski the Last Degree experiences. The last 30 hours of the trip proved to be epic and will long live in my memory. Two thumbs up!" April, 2017

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"Coming into this trip, having experience with PE and the guides, I had no reservations about the quality of the people and leadership of the expedition. I felt that the preparation was as thorough as any expedition I have participated in. Once en route, on the icecap, I found the conditions to be so unlike anything I have experienced, it was truly an adventure in every sense of the word. From variable surface conditions, ever changing terrain, and unexpected encounters with polar bears in camp and a 24 hour final push that ended in an open water lead with only 2 miles (!!) left to go to the Pole.... I never lost confidence that we would reach the goal. This was truly a trip with the best people I've met in a place I will never forget. Thank you PE, Rick, Keith, Annie and Eric, for making this an excellent culmination of my Grand Slam." April, 2017 

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"These expeditions are defined by the team that you are with. Two great guides in Keith and Andrew and the rest of the gang, Niall & Patch, Henry & Martin were brilliant. The other team member, an Aussie called Lindsay redefined what I thought of Aussies!! A human dynamo, a great chef and best of all the guy who always volunteered for bear watch duty! What a great tent mate! All emotions were pulled on when it looked like we would not make the North Pole due to open water, but wonderful guiding made crossing it successful and mission accomplished... Thanks!" April, 2017

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"Thank you! Since I was a child I always dreamed about doing the North Pole. Getting there and finding an amazing selection of vodka, a golf club and Santa (!) was simply amazing & 5 stars. Annie, your help with the preparations was wonderful and it was great to see you in Longyearbyen! Eric, thank you so much for your help in making sure that all my kit worked! The boots were great :) And Keith, every time I use my GPS I will be thinking of you. I cannot believe how simple it is after speaking with you for only five minutes! Kudos for assembling such a great team. Thanks to all of you!" April, 2017

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"Thank you~ South Pole in January and North Pole in April. I put my trust in you and you delivered, big time! These experiences played out as envisioned and hoped for. PolarExplorers: you do things right. Thanks, and all the best, always." April, 2017

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"Dear PolarExplorers, Thank you very much for this amazing trip and perfected service. Thank you to my four friends for coming with me! See you soon in Equador!" April, 2017

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"Thank you very much for all your work. We had a great time!" April, 2017

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"I decided to celebrate my 80th birthday at the North Pole. With the help I received from Annie in the panning and Rick to carry out the actual exploration I accomplished my mission. May the South Pole be the next exploration?" April, 2017

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"To our fabulous guides - Annie and Keith, inspiring leadership over our 3 day preparation for the North Pole. I came here with a degree of nervousness but after the first day was totally comfortable with the support and learning experience. Great preparation for the "big event" in April and I feel loads more confident that a) I have made the right decision to do this with PolarExplorers and b) that I can succeed! Thank you Annie, Keith and the team at PolarExplorers." February, 2017

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"Thank you for the experience of the shakedown. It was a great test, confidence booster and I'm now excited about my preparations and the trip. I really enjoyed meeting the other participants and the guides, Keith and Annie. A very big thank you for all the stories, life experiences and patience with our questions & tricks." February 2017

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"I would like to thank Annie and Keith for a wonderful and cool training / preparation experience. This has been a phenomenal learning experience and will help me to fine tune for the North Pole expedition. I would like to acknowledge and thank my team mates for allowing me to share in this experience with them and for their kindness and generosity." February 2017

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"Having now returned from our expedition to the South Pole, I have been able to reflect on the whole experience and thought I would convey my thanks to Polar Explorers for a trip of a lifetime. We went on the Shakedown training in Norway and this is where we first met Keith and Eric. It was a joy to learn that they were going to be looking after us in Antarctica and I was delighted to hear that Eric would be the leader of our small group. We had the opportunity to see other expedition groups operating alongside us and I can tell you that PE is streets ahead of the competition. You guys operate at a different level and I would recommend you to anyone based on my experience. You are the most professional, the most experienced, you make an effort to integrate and know your client and are the best fun to be with. I have to give you some feedback on Eric most of which I am sure will be no surprise to you. It is good to be in his company as he has tremendous energy and a love for life. He loves the experience and his enthusiasm is infectious. Eric dealt with all our issues quietly and effectively and nothing was of any trouble to him. He really wanted us to "enjoy not endure" and was constantly going out of his way to ensure that we all maximised the experience. Eric was always there with helpful but discrete advice and we genuinely would not have been able to do it without his support. I wanted you to know that you have two great guys in Keith and Eric and that they did your company proud throughout our adventure." January, 2017

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“People ask me why do you do these trips? Hard to explain but easy for me to understand. Most people will never see the views or experience the challenge that I have been fortunate to face, I hope that I will have the opportunity to challenge myself again and again. Iceland is a wonderful jewel! Thank you Annie and Nancy!” May 2016

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“What a fantastic experience our little team of few had in traveling with sledges to the North Pole. Team work always counts for a lot but especially if it is joined with laughter and fun. Many thanks and much gratitude to Keith Heger , our leader and quite inspirational, fun, experienced and with an uncanny direction finder using the sun. Very much enjoyed the company of my team.” April, 2016

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“To my new friends at PolarExplorers. I long to go to the south Pole and follow in the steps of the great man, the Boss, Ernest Shackleton, my hero. I was introduced to PE and agreed to take part in the Shakedown in Svalbard which has just completed as I write this not over dinner with guides Keith and Eric. These guys are inspirational; they have provided fantastic input and given so many tips ahead of our venture South. They are a credit to PolarExplorers and I would recommend them to anyone considering a polar expedition. We have learned a lot, we have made good friends; we have had a great time. So thank you and see you in Chile next December!” April, 2016

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“To All, Thank you for making this experience fantastic for me. I will never forget this.” April, 2015

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“Thanks to the whole PolarExplorers staff for a most incredible experience. The Arctic is such an incredible place and your extraordinary support provided us the luxury of enjoying it to its fullest.” April, 2015

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“This was an experience never to be forgotten and etched into my memory forever. Thanks a million to the two Chris’s and to the dog team for all the efforts, enthusiasm, energy and positive attitude. This was an extreme adventure and lived up to all the excitement and unknown that Rick and Annie told me about. I’ve done some hectic things in my life and extreme situations and this ranks right up there. A truly professional team and good, good people. Many thanks and all the best.”  April, 2015

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“To PolarExplorers, Thank you all for a fantastic experience, impressive to the end! Never to be forgotten! I thank you all for a truly unforgettable positive life experience. Most especially I wish to express my sincere appreciation to PE Guides Maher and CP for their tireless, aggressive leadership and support. Especially for this ol’ man. Thank you!” April, 2015

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“To the PolarExplorers team! You are truly the best in the world at what you do. Thank you for a “once-in-a-lifetime experience.” It will definitely change my life. Until we meet again!” April, 2015

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“PolarExplorers, This was a fantastic experience way beyond my expectations. Thank you so much for your support, hard work, and commitment to our safety and enjoyment of the journey. These memories will remain with us always.” April, 2015

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“To Rick, Eric, Annie and all at PolarExplorers. A big thank you for a perfect trip from the first contact through the journey itself. Great people. Great journey. Great weather. Great alcohol. What more can one ask for? The North Pole! I still can’t believe it.” April, 2015

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