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** Polar Training and Arctic Survival Course **
LIVERPOOL LAND & HURRY FJORD
To experience the true beauty of Arctic Greenland in it's full winter coat then join us for a week of polar training. The emphasis will be on gaining good all round winter Arctic and polar experience and learning to operate safely whilst ski touring and pulk sledge hauling. This fabulous and beautiful arctic region is full of alpine peaks, immense glaciers and ice berg filled fjords. The course will involve fantastic opportunities to travel on a variety of terrain including frozen fjords, icecaps, glaciers, valleys and sea ice. The small and dedicated team will pull pulks throughout the expedition and be camping in full snow and winter conditions. The icecap sections of the journey offer stunning views of alpine peaks, glaciers and the ice berg studded east coast. The course is open to all ability levels and no previous ski or winter camping experience is required and will culminate in a 3 day expedition. This is likely to involve a snowmobile journey to base camp.
Tangent Expeditions is the leading authority and provider of Polar training expeditions in Greenland having organised training for several high profile north and south pole expeditions and Greenland icecap crossings.
The group will meet at our guesthouse in Reykjavik on the expedition start date before taking a flight to Constable Point in north east Greenland the next morning. The expedition food and equipment will be sent as air freight to Constable Point in advance. The group will begin their training from Constable Point.
Day 1 will be spent acclimatizing to the surroundings and going through equipment and safety procedures with the first night in overnight in local accommodation. Days 2 and 3 will go through all the basics of camping and surviving in Arctic conditions. Days 4-6 will be on a short expedition to an icecap in Liverpool Land, putting everything in to practice.
Sea ice travel, land travel, roped glacier travel, pulk packing and hauling, navigation and GPS, pitching/striking camp in extreme conditions, snow shelters, snow walls, camp location choice, inside tent camp craft (effective tent organisation, cooking, drying systems etc), expedition food, tents, equipment, clothing, skis, satellite phones, solar charging panels, VHF air band and marine band radios, SW ‘walkie talkie’ radios, Personal Locator beacon, Bear protection (alarmed fences, flares, pepper spray, rifle), rifle training etc.
Accommodation in Iceland is provided on a Bed & Breakfast basis, and other meals are not included in Iceland. Expedition food will be provided on a full board basis for the time spent on expedition in Greenland. This will include camping style food during transit at Constable Point airport. If clients choose to eat in the airport canteen this is not included and should be paid for locally in Danish crowns or by credit/debit card.
There will be approximately 16 hours daylight during this expedition. At this time of year sunsets and sunrises merge in to one long beautiful display of colour.
This region has been chosen as an ideal venue for such training due to guaranteed snow and ice at sea level and extreme cold temperatures, coupled with it's cold prevailing north winds. An ideal training ground! Temperatures will vary from -15 to -30'c.
Level of Camping
The expedition will involve camping in snow conditions on permanently snow covered glaciers and terrain throughout. During periods of snowfall it will sometimes be necessary to 'dig out' your tent and maintain good overall camp organisation and camp craft skills. In contrast, on warm calm days it will be possible to sit outside. The group will camp in tent pairs will be expected to cook their own food as tent teams.
Experience & Fitness Required
Ski/training days will typically be 6-8 hours depending on weather and terrain. The team will travel largely un-roped on non glaciated terrain and flat glaciers and icecaps, except on occasions on steeper glaciers where the guide feels it appropriate to rope up due to crevasse risk. Ski touring experience is useful but not essential. Previous camping experience is essential, preferably with some camping in snow conditions. Pulk sled hauling is not technical and can be picked up quite easily. Good ski glide technique will however improve energy efficiency! Clients should be fit enough to carry out the equivalent of 6-8 hour mountain walking days and have no significant knee or back problems.
You will be required to possess the normal range of extreme winter clothing including windproof jackets and salopettes and an insulated down jacket. A full clothing list will be provided.
Tangent will provide Snowsled pulk sledges, North Face tents, snow pegs, floor insulation, MSR stoves, lightweight plywood stove boards, fuel bottles, fuel cans, fuel funnels, stove spares kits, lighters, pans, white gas fuel, food, toilet paper, maps & aerial reconnaissance photos, GPS, group survival shelter, snow shovels, emergency flares, PLB (emergency locator beacon), rifle & ammunition (Polar Bear deterrent), VHF air band radio, walkie talkie radios, satellite telephone & solar re-charging system, emergency flares, medical kit, client prussik loops, ropes & crevasse rescue equipment for security on steep ground and glacier travel, general spares and repair kit.
Clients will need to provide your own large rucksack/travel bag, 55+ litre daysack, sleeping bag suitable for -20'c, inflatable sleeping mattress (& repair kit), foam sleeping mattress, water/windproof jacket and trousers, suitable ski touring/Telemark skis and boots, ski poles, skins, spare skin glue, avalanche transceiver, avalanche probe, crampons, full winter clothing, insulated jacket (optional), expedition gloves/hat/balaclava, 100% UV sun glasses, 100% UV snow goggles, 1 litre metal flask, 1 litre water bottle, eating/drinking cup/bowl/utensils, pee (toilet) bottle, multi-tool knife, harness, helmet, 3 x screwgate karabiners, ice axe, GPS (optional), compass. Specialist equipment hire is available here.
Price Does Not Include
The expedition leader will be Nigel Edwards, an experienced Greenland guide who's led numerous previous Tangent expeditions to the Schweizerland Alps, Milne Land, Rignys Bjerge, Petermanns Bjerg, Schackleton's Bjerg, Ejnar Mikelsen's Fjeld, Borgetinde, Dronning Louise Land and the Watkins Mountains. Nigel has a wealth of Arctic experience and is the perfect person for this training.
Personal Service - all prospective clients are welcome to visit us at our home in Cumbria or Paul Walker will travel to any part of the mainland UK free of charge to meet with you and discuss the expedition in more detail and show you maps and photographs. We believe this benchmark service is offered by no other expedition travel company and supports our commitment to providing an ultimate level of high quality personal service.