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Monday, 29 July 2013 19:32

What does it take? A look at our Full North Pole Ski Expedition.

A full North or South Pole expedition is one of the greatest physical challenges on Earth. Success is elusive, especially in the north where many teams are evacuated within the first week. What does it take to succeed?

For starters a sponsor would be nice as these expeditions often cost an easy 100K or more. But more importantly you will also need a steel mind that can handle the monotony of a your 50-60 day routine; muscles that can endure weeks of pulling heavy loads; gear that can hold up to some of the coldest temperatures on Earth; and an optimistic spirit that won’t get beaten down by lack of progress. That all might sound easy when your reading this in your warm office or cozy home, but it’s a little different when you’re in your cramped tent and it’s a frigid -45 degrees outside. When selecting team members for our Full North Pole expedition we go to great lengths to ensure that they know what they are getting into. Most people who express serious interest already have an extensive expedition resume. But even those people that have successfully climbed Everest or skied all the way to the South Pole consider a full expedition to the North Pole to be the hardest thing they’ve ever done. Why? Check out the video footage below, by PolarExplorers guide Lonnie Dupre, on day 52 of the expedition. 

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