Physical requirements are two-fold. 1) Physical,
and 2) Psychological.
You will Ski 8-10 hours a day for 4 to 5 days in
order to reach the Pole. The distance of one degree is about 65 miles, but you will
encounter several leads that you will need to negotiate maybe 10 miles
around and back. Remember you will be hauling sledges behind you as
well. I recommend everyone to be physically capable of running 10 miles
and to have previous experience with the muscles used in cross-country
skiing. Certainly this can be a great inspiration and motivation for
making a great exercise regimen for the next year. You must have good
aerobic stamina and to have good upper body strength to pull your ski
poles, for up to 8-10 hours a day. But you don't have to be superhuman,
just in good physical shape.
Tell us whether you have mountainous, snow, or temperate
regions where you are, and we will design a preparatory program for your
group. Basically whether skiing or hiking, if you organize a physically
challenging 4 day program, you will find out if you have any persons
unfit or unwilling for the challenge. You should
expect to be able to do 8-10 hours of hiking or cross-country skiing each day. This
would be a sufficient criterion for skiing the pole. The psychological
aspect should not be overlooked either. There are always unexpected
situations that change the itinerary or logistics, and everyone must
have a flexible psyche to remain cool under these circumstances.
It is important to "roll with the punches" and to remain calm.
Expedition Adventures, Inc. as your outfitter will thoroughly prepare your
group for life's most outstanding experience to ski the North Pole. You
will receive educational information every step of the way over the
months ahead. We invite you to email us with any questions you have and
at any time. That's what we're here for. We want you to have the most
enjoyable experience ever !!
Itinerary of North Pole Ski
1,April - Fly
from your country to Longyearbyen, Svalbard.
Arrive in Svalbard. Our expedition guides will provide
transportation to the hotel. Accommodation at a 3-star hotel,
organizational meeting, and a "festive" party. Celebration
Day 2, April - Excursion programs
around Svalbard, that you
can schedule in advance.
3, April - Flight to the Drifting Ice Base at the North
Pole. - Flight is 3 hours.
Settlement of the
North Pole Drifting Ice Base, hereafter referred to as “BORNEO”. This
base camp will be located on the largest, safest, most solid pack ice
nearest to the Pole.
Since we are on the Polar Ice Floe, the base camp may be within
20 miles of the true North Pole, and
moves on average of 5 to 16 kilometers per day. You'll be placed out on the ice in the most strategic position of
northerly moving ice. You will
be supplied tents, food, heaters, radio communication,
keep in mind that the polar ice cap is roughly two meters thick and the
Arctic Ocean underneath is 4,200 meters deep! The ice cap is constantly
moving due to the wind and ocean current, so bring your GPS and watch
the base camp migrate up to one or two kilometers per hour, on the 1,600
kilometer polar ice cap. The North Pole is more of a GPS location when
you are on the ice cap because it is not constant, as on the South pole
(a continent, which doesn't move).
We will take several of your senior persons in your ski group to fly over the selected ski path to the North Pole. This way
you can get the most accurate up to date appraisal of the ice floes and
pressure ridges and leads. This will allow you to make any tactical
changes to ensure your success on the ice to reach the Pole.
The remainder of the day your ski group will
acclimate to the Arctic Environment. Organize your group for your assault on the
ice the following day.
Day 4, April -
Set off for
your assault to the North Pole! Ski in the morning for 4 hours followed
by a rest and lunch. Then ski again in the afternoon for about 5 hours
before stopping and setting up camp.
5-8, April - For "Ski to the Pole"- 5 Days on the ice.
Trek the glorious Arctic Desert. Skiing 4 to 5 hours in the
morning before breaking for lunch and then skiing for 4 to 5 hours in
the afternoon before setting up camp for the rest. Organizational
meeting discussing the day's activities and the upcoming days
expectations. You will have 5 days to reach the North Pole on the
"Ski Expedition to the Pole".
Day 9, April
AT THE EXACT GEOGRAPHIC NORTH POLE !!
have arrived at the North Pole!!
Celebration all day and night long in the world of eternal sunlight.
THEN FOR ONE DAY BASK IN YOUR GLORY AT REACHING THE "TOP OF THE
Russian Caviar and champagne to celebrate your spectacular VICTORY!!
Depart the Geographic North Pole back to the
Ice Base Camp. And for further celebration with the
other expeditioners !!
Day 10, April;
Depart the Ice Base for Longyearbyen, Svalbard.
Transfer aboard the AN-74 Jet Aircraft for your
flight back to Svalbard. Landing back in
communication, (phones to stateside). Festive party and distribution of
commemorative North Pole Certificates. Celebratory Party Night for those
brave skiers who "summit" the North Pole.
Day 11, April;
Departure back to Stateside, U.S.A.! Unless you wish to stay in
Spitzbergen, Svalbard with a few of us to see more sights.
***The itinerary may change
according to the North Pole weather and other logistical variables.
We recommend that before you make your airline
reservations you contact us for the exact
dates, which may vary until
they are exactly set around February, 2006.
and Gear List :
Expedition Adventures, Inc. has been operating as a premier
high arctic outfitter
for over 10 years. That's why we can offer the best ski treks for the
"Ski to the North Pole" for
outfitter has offered this low price to
join a real North Pole Ski Expedition.
But WE can !!
But the sooner you Book...the less you PAY !!
Pay your full booking fee before January 1, 2007
and we will give
super price of:
You will save $200.00 USD
To book now!
And if you book and place your Deposit before
Christmas, we may have even further
YOU!! So Contact us Immediately !!
Hurry Now and Book Today !!
We offer the above
rates, but as the season goes on......these rates are sure to rise !!!!
Discounts can be Negotiated in Advance
is a 11 or 12 Day Itinerary for the
Expedition to the Pole"
(The exact number of days
for this itinerary may vary depending on the weather)
Low Rate is not offered by any other outfitter !!
Adventures, Inc. has
cancelled an expedition or ski trek, so we'll guarantee a full refund if
that ever happened!!
So expect the greatest experience of your lifetime,
because WE'LL GET YOU THERE !!
Instructional Education all the way before your trip. We'll
Guarantee to have you
ready for this trip !! WE MEAN IT !! YOU don't have to have ANY
EXPERIENCE.........NONE......JUST BE IN GOOD SHAPE PHYSICALLY AND
* Transportation from Longyearbyen, Svalbard Airport to your Hotel.
* USE of Skis, Boots, and Bindings...
* All Group Expedition Equipment for the Entire Expedition....(OUR
EXPERT SKI GUIDES,
* All food and supplies are covered on the ski trip including stoves and
cooking utensils etc.
* All transportation from Svalbard, Norway, to our NP Base Camp
"BORNEO". Transportation includes a pre-flight survey over the Arctic Ice Floes prior to
embarking on your ski trek and recovery of the ski team at
the North Pole.
* All food and lodging while on the Arctic Ice.
* Certain tours as described in Svalbard.
* We supply all
Equipment, Emergency Equipment, etc.
for the ski team.
Expedition Adventures, Inc. operates under the
strictest safety guidelines for its programs at the North Pole.
We maintain one of the best and most cohesive communications systems
with our ski team. No one has a better relationship with the
emergency aircraft at the drifting ice base "BORNEO" . We equip our ski team with
Iridium satellite phones. We use Argos Systems for emergency
back-up location finding. This satellite
uplink transponder will send multiple
signals up to a satellite, which will
instantly locate in GPS grid, where the
ski team is at that exact moment, even if
they continue to move. It is better than
the EPIRB System. Furthermore, each ski
guide has previously arranged protocols
for over 25 situations or arctic scenarios
(certain weather and Emergency
possibilities). We have no other distractions or
priorities than our own ski group. We have
a medical technician available at the ice
To "SKI THE LAST DEGREE TO THE NORTH POLE"......has
inherent risks, but for the opportunity of a LIFETIME, I think you will
agree that it is worth that little bit of risk.....Otherwise playing
your life safe and not taking any risks, and then dying of cancer, still
has it's risks.....life is full of calculated risks....... Just like many
things in life, some of the greatest experiences, such as reaching the
summit of Mt. Everest and skiing to the North Pole has its risks. Human
technology is not infallible in such extreme weather regions. You will
be required to sign a "Release of Liability" acknowledging
your independent responsibility for undertaking such a bold adventure.
Of course you will be one of few on this planet that will ever
experienced such an awesome adventure of a lifetime!! It's your
decision.......but we want you to know that Global Expedition
Adventures, Inc. will do everything in our
power to keep those risks to a
minimum.......after all....we will be right there with you !!!!!
Expeditions monitors the winds and the ice floes and places our ski group out onto the
ice showing the most consistent northerly shift. Recently this has been
at the 120th * longitude.
Should you or anyone on the team be
physically unable to reach the North Pole,
we will fly the helicopter to your group
and take you to the North Pole for your
rightful celebration before you are flown
back to the ice base.
Expeditions has had an impeccable safety record.....no one has been
injured yet !! Our ski groups are constantly monitored while they are
out on the ice.
stay focused on safety at all times!!
While there may be other activities
such as hot air balloon flights, skydiving
and general participants, nothing takes
more precedence than the lives that are
out on the ice!! That's why there are EXPERT GUIDES at the ice base monitoring
our clients out on the ice during the
entire expedition. No other outfitter will
have 3 personnel in the ice base for
their entire expedition !!!
The "Ski the Last Degree to the North Pole Expedition"
a distance of up to 50 to 70 Kilometers. The distance from the point you are
placed out on the ice, to the North Pole may be greater depending on
the number of "leads" (cracks in the ice that you
must go around), and the activity or movement of the ice
(southerly or northerly etc). Typically each year, skiers can expect the trek to be about 50
This requires the participant to be in good aerobic and
physical shape, but you do not have to have great cross country skiing
skills, you just need to be in good health and have good aerobic
stamina, and a balanced psyche in moments of stress and uncertainty.
Global Expeditions will offer each participant a free video depicting
the entire expedition and how to prepare for the trip, following receipt
of your deposit, or full payment in the case of the "early booking
The average or minimal average forward movement of most ski
groups in the past years has been 8.5 miles. Therefore it is very
conceivable for an average or even slow group progression to make it to
the North Pole in 4 to 5 days. Our itinerary arranges for 5 days and
utilizing the last day, 6 days to reach the Pole. And furthermore this
is where the strict attention to northerly drifting ice comes to be
April is the only month any outfitter can send
expeditions to the Pole. The sun rises February/March and Borneo is set
up in March. Expeditions are sent up throughout April, and by May the
drifting ice base is taken off the ice because the ice floes become unstable for such