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The Ice Team

In order to gather very accurate measurements of the sea ice cover, a ground truth surface survey is necessary. And given the physical challenges and inhospitable conditions involved in prolonged polar travel, a team of seasoned explorers (with their relevant technical skills, expedition experience and ability to endure hardship) is the obvious choice for such a job.

Pen Hadow

Director and Head of Surveying, Catlin Arctic Survey

Pen rose to international fame when he became the first to complete one of the last polar challenges – trekking solo without re-supply from Canada to the North Pole. This feat was thought by some to be harder than climbing Everest solo without oxygen, and some polar experts had begun to think the challenge impossible.

Pen is also the first Briton to trek without re-supply to both North and South Geographic Poles. He has been a professional polar guide for 18 years. Pen will be responsible for all surveying and observational procedures for gathering the water column, sea ice and weather data.

Pen (46) is increasingly featured in the media as a national spokesman on environmental and climate change issues, based on his knowledge of, and concern for, changes in the North Pole environment. He has featured in public speaking line-ups for environmental events alongside HRH The Prince of Wales, Al Gore, Lord Coe and Sir Jonathon Porritt.

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Pen Hadow gallery, photos of team and expedition.

Ann Daniels

Field Operations, Catlin Arctic Survey

Ann Daniels, on achievement alone, is one of the world’s leading women polar explorers. Ann first went to the Arctic Ocean in 1997, when she took part in the lead team of a five-group, relay-formatted expedition to the North Pole.

It was during this expedition that Ann (44) fell in love with the polar regions and the challenges of expedition life. In 2000 she co-led a five-strong, 700 mile sledge-hauling trek to the South Pole which became the first British women’s team to complete this journey. Then in 2002 Ann became one of two women, in an originally three-strong team, to reach the North Pole after a gruelling 500 mile, 80-day epic trek in atrocious conditions.

And, in 2005, Ann set off to attempt to become the first woman to trek solo to the North Pole, but despite keeping to her mileage schedule, her hitherto perfect expedition was forcibly airlifted off the ice when on Day 21, through no fault of her own, her permit was withdrawn by Russian officialdom. Pen considers her the most capable polar operator on the Arctic Ocean, hence her primary role as navigator.

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Ann Daniels gallery, photos of team and expedition.

Martin Hartley

Photographer and film-maker, Catlin Arctic Survey

One of the world’s leading expedition photographers, Martin Hartley (40) has made the polar environment his own. With nineteen photographic assignments to the Arctic and the Antarctic to date, he is uniquely placed to document the fragile state of the Arctic Ocean.

Martin's sustained commitment to capture the beauty of unadulterated landscapes and remote communities has taken him to some of the most isolated and challenging locations in the world. His in-depth technical knowledge, creative vision and ability to produce results in the most difficult of conditions makes him a highly sought after expedition and adventure photographer.

Features and interviews by and about Hartley have appeared across the spectrum of international press and photographic, travel and adventure magazines, as well as all the UK's national daily newspapers. He has the rare distinction of commissions for National Geographic publications under his belt, and with three critically acclaimed exhibitions in recent years, his work is now reaching an international audience.

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Martin Hartley gallery, photos of team and expedition.

"Team" Blog Posts
Posted by Dominic Hilton
The Catlin Arctic Survey Team of Pen Hadow, Martin Hartley and Ann Daniels are back to a more normal schedule of sledge hauling and drilling, after the long awaited physical and mental boost......more
Thursday, 07th May 2009
Posted by Gaby Dean
People living in the UK tend to be obsessed by the weather. But thousands of kilometres away from the prospect of decent shelter, let alone a hot bath, what the weather is doing becomes something of...more
Saturday, 02nd May 2009
24 Hour Daylight
Posted by Mary Morrell
What are circadian rhythms? The term circadian means ‘about a day’ and it is used to describe the activity of the cells in our body that are responsible for functions such as the regulation of tempera...more
Tuesday, 21st April 2009
A love of small luxuries
Posted by Gaby Dean
Luxuries are rare on the ice and when they do come along they take a different form to the sort of treat we might enjoy at home. In fact, what counts as a luxury for the Ice Team is more likely to be...more
Monday, 20th April 2009
Arctic Colours
Posted by Dominic Hilton
The Arctic isn’t a place for vibrant colours. Day after day, vast expanses of pale light, white snow and ice-scapes and an endless blue sky stretch ahead of the three explorers......more
Tuesday, 14th April 2009
Polar bear hunting
Posted by Dominic Hilton
The Polar bear is the largest land carnivore and has a reputation as the only animal that actively hunts humans. They spend most of their time on Arctic ice floes, feeding on seals....more
Monday, 13th April 2009
Successful second resupply
Posted by Dominic Hilton
Today saw the second successful resupply land on the ice, with Dominic and Charlie now safely back on terra firma. The team’s food and fuel stores have been replenished......more
Thursday, 09th April 2009
Training for the Catlin Arctic Survey
Posted by Jon Stratford
As personal trainer to the ice team what was my main focus? Their physical preparation? Partly, and I’m sure that at times over recent weeks that they would rather be on their knees (literally!)...more
Thursday, 09th April 2009
Planning a Resupply
Posted by Dominic Hilton
The Catlin Arctic Survey team of Pen Hadow, Martin Hartley and Ann Daniels are patiently, or not so patiently, awaiting a re-supply....more
Wednesday, 08th April 2009
Pain management
Posted by Dr Craig McLean
Over the years the human body has been studied at length to explore our ability to deal with pain and how chemically we have defenses to enable us to tolerate high levels of pain....more
Monday, 06th April 2009
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