The Northern Pole of Inaccessibility remains the last significant place on earth as yet unreached by mankind. By definition it is the furthest point from land on the Arctic Ocean (the very centre) and 270 miles from the Geographic North Pole. The expedition will start in mid February 2015 and finish in May.
The journey is an 800 mile, 80 day expedition, divided into 4 legs of 20 days and team members are being sought for each of the legs. A fully comprehensive training programme will ensure that all participants are safe and competent polar travellers, gaining skills that will be really useful in both business and life, post expedition.
“I am looking for determined people with the right attitude and commitment who have enough time to put in the effort required. It’s not easy, if it were lots of people would be doing it and the pole would have been reached by now.” McNeill said.
Throughout the transect and under the guidance of the world’s leading scientific authorities, team members will be gathering brand-new scientific data to document the condition of the Arctic Ocean and establish a benchmark for scientists to compare year-on-year.
The rationale being, if we are not monitoring the state of the Polar Regions how will we know if anything we are doing in our own back gardens to mitigate climate change is actually working?
Training will consist of a 10-day Core Skills course in October £1200 and an intensive 8-day course of Polar Training £2000, based in Svalbard together with a further Training Expedition TBA.
In addition personal kit and equipment may total £3,000, depending on what you might have already. Participants are required to raise £12,000 each towards the overall cost of the expedition. The expedition requires commercial sponsorship, which Ice Warrior and team members are pursuing.
Jim McNeill will personally train the team and furnish them with materials to raise sponsorship and media awareness and teach them how to do so.
Ice Warrior asks people to get involved with every aspect of planning and achieving the polar expedition. This is all part of the Ice Warrior ethos and indeed training. An inherent part of expeditioning is raising funds for the event and they train people, thoroughly, to go and seek personal sponsorship from their own company, community, friends and contacts – as much as they can. In addition to this, Ice Warrior is constantly seeking and securing corporate financial sponsorship.
Jim McNeill said, “The total amount needed to take part is £20k and if someone told me when I first started polar exploration way back in 1984 that I could get out on the Arctic Ocean AND take part in a World First for this amount I would have bitten their arm off!
This is a tremendous opportunity for someone looking for a life changing experience ending up with a whole new set of life skills and lifelong companions.”
The Ice Warrior Project
Ice Warrior is all about modern-day exploration using ordinary, everyday people to achieve extraordinary expeditionary feats.
Ice Warrior’s ethos harks back to the days when polar expeditions were not only pushing the boundaries of human endurance and extending the levels of the human spirit but purposeful explorations of the coldest and most remote regions of our planet.
In this modern age, our discoveries are more about climate change, changes to flora, fauna and topography and as we come across these experiences we deliver them into the many homes, schools and businesses that follow us.
These are truly life-changing experiences and demonstrate that with the right attitude, preparation and training, ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things.
Inevitably, in developing people for these operations, we stand as role models for successful businesses, taking the lessons we learn about leadership and team performance into the corporate boardroom.
To enable us to achieve these ambitious aims we apply leading-edge technologies and innovative engineering.
Expedition patron is HRH Princess Anne
A quote from the Ice Warrior Project Patron, Sir Ranulph Fiennes
“When Jim approached me with a brief note hinting of a ‘large ambitious but realistic’ polar project in the offing he left me with little idea as to what it was all about. But three things grabbed my immediate attention. ‘Polar’, ‘World Firsts’ and the fact that this was a British effort.
“During my first conversation with Jim, I was impressed by his quiet confidence and solid enthusiasm. Since then I have come to learn of the determination, dexterity, skills and knowledge of Jim and the crew behind the project and am delighted to be associated with them. Ice Warrior has all the potential of a truly great World First. Slightly mad and eccentric in conception, thorough and precise in planning and likely to prove ingenious and resolved in execution.
I wish Jim and his team the very best of luck in their endeavours.
“My grandfather, Ernest Shackleton, is always identified with “White South”; yet in 1920 he was planning an expedition to a white north. He intended to seek out the Pole of Inaccessibility in the Beaufort Sea which Shackleton referred to as mare incognita and terra incognita. However problems with finance meant it was too late to go north in the season, so he went south.
“He died at the outset of that expedition.”
Nearly a century later, Jim McNeill of Ice Warrior is planning his third attempt on the Pole of Inaccessibility. The terrain is exceptionally hostile and dangerous; but I am confident that Jim and his team will be successful not only in reaching the elusive pole; but in conducting an environmentally vital transect of the Arctic Ocean; for as Ernest Shackleton said “difficulties are just things to overcome”. (1907)
Other supporters include London Mayor, Boris Johnson, Michael Palin, Lord Robert Winston, Donal McIntyre and Zac Goldsmith MP
Royal Geographical Society
The expedition has been granted Official Approval status from the society.