Route Map
The Route

The Ice Team members have all reached the North Pole before, so this project is not about getting to the Pole, but rather about securing relevant scientific data. The choice of route has been dictated by the need to obtain the maximum amount of data possible along a scientifically relevant transect. The North Geographic Pole was the natural end point. The team will be travelling on foot, hauling sledges from 81°N 130°W, across 1,000-km of disintegrating and shifting sea ice, for around 100 days, in temperatures from 0ºC down to -50°C.

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Route Planning

The Operations Team, prior to departure, met with Professor Wieslaw Maslowski of the Department of Oceanography at the Naval Postgraduate School, California and Professor Peter Wadhams of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge.

Discussions centred on the scientific validity and likely ice conditions along the route. It was agreed that the proposed route (80°N, 140°W) was very interesting in terms of data collection. Ground truth data is rare at these latitudes and of particular interest to the scientists is the fact that the Catlin Arctic Survey will provide winter sea ice data.

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start point gallery, photos of team and expedition.
"Route" blog posts
Headline Test
Posted by Pen Hadow
You know you’re making progress North when…...more
Sunday, 15th February 2009
Mission driven
Posted by Pen Hadow
Of a bewildering array of thoughts swimming around in my head today, one has struck for the surface, indicative of the gel that holds us together....more
Monday, 02nd February 2009
Doc Martin
Posted by Dominic Hilton
The office is a hive of activity today......more
Thursday, 29th January 2009
Posted by Tori Taylor
The clock keeps ticking and with every strike we draw closer to the date when Pen, Ann and Martin will leave 'us' the support team, in the UK to embark on the survey of our lifetimes....more
Monday, 26th January 2009
Travelling back
Posted by Ann Daniels
As I travel back from Qikiqtarjuaq I reflect on another adventure in the magnificent Arctic. A memory to treasure when I can no longer travel to the ends of the earth!...more
Wednesday, 21st January 2009

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