Preparing for 24,000 miles around the globe

Preparing for 24,000 miles around the globe

Travelling back to the frozen continent next week – this time we are heading to Novolazarevskaya Station or ‘Novo’ for short. It was a former Soviet Antarctic research station and is now an airstrip that serves research related transits and is the...
Packing for Antarctica

Packing for Antarctica

Packing for Antarctica A few people have asked me how I prepare and pack for a trip to Antarctica. Firstly, I have been extremely lucky as I have worked on the frozen continent many times in the past seven years, the forthcoming trip will be my 12th visit. I know,...
North Pole Marathon 2018

North Pole Marathon 2018

The two-hour flight from Spitsbergen is pretty uncomfortable as the Antonov plane that is used does not have many luxuries. These planes were built for Arctic work; they mainly shift goods around rather than athletes and members of the press.  The marathon operates...
Barneo Ice Camp – North Pole

Barneo Ice Camp – North Pole

Later this week I’ll be heading up to The Barneo Ice Camp at the geographic North Pole. It’s one of the most remote scientific research stations on the planet. It will be my nineth time that I will have visited this camp; nothing comes close to this surreal...
World Winter Swimming Championships

World Winter Swimming Championships

Plunging into ice cold water to compete in a swimming race did not sound like fun, but for nearly 1500 participants the World Winter Swimming Championships was the highlight of their year. Tallinn in Estonia was the host for this year’s championship, from the...