19-21 May 2017 – Fundraising & Sponsorship Workshop – Dartmoor

This weekend a few of us headed down to Devon for the Fundraising & Sponsorship workshop. It was a great opportunity to ‘Get the full picture’ of what the expedition will be about and have all of our questions answered. It all started with an exercise where a tent bag was dropped into the middle of a field (ie just been dropped to us on the ice from an aeroplane) and we had to pitch it. Well this thing was a beast. Putting up a 15 man tent with an estimated value of £5,000 was no easy task when we had never seen it before. But we managed to work well as a team and get through it. We then moved inside for a chat as the heavens opened up, where Jim asked us to given a brief introduction about ourselves and to mention the worst thing that has ever happened to us. It was a very heart felt exercise.

For the rest of the weekend we talked about the workshop in great detail. Not only did we need to know it for ourselves, but we also needed to be able to answer any questions that our potential sponsors might be asking. We looked at profiling, social media, branding, PR, public speaking (with enthusiasm) and the strength of working together to get the message out.

800 Miles in 80days to the ‘Pole Of Inaccessability’ is the Biggest, Boldest, Bravest, and most Important polar Expedition of our time and I am officially a Ice Warrior Team Member.

Let the training continue……

Basic Polar Training – Svalbard March 2017

After an incredible night of watching the Northern Lights, we settled down for a good nights sleep. We were up early and set out for an early morning ski by 7:15am. Breakfast had us re-energised and ready for the lesson about polar bear awareness. As the only land based animal that actively hunts human beings, we were all fascinated about these beautiful creatures. The afternoon was a practical session about how to put up the tent. It was -12’C outside so the conditions were ideal for training.We worked well together as a team and found out that having a plan to follow was very important. Clear understanding of individual roles were also key. Satisfied that we had plenty of room for improvement we packed up the equipment and headed to the pub for dinner, evening stories of past explorers and plenty of laughter.