The Catlin Arctic Survey is not only using cutting-edge technology to collect much-needed scientific data but it is doing so in one of the harshest and most remote environments on earth. Preparation is absolutely key to the success of this project. The extensive specialist support team will ensure that all aspects of the project are meticulously planned and executed.

Pre-Expedition Training, Broughton Island (Canadian High Arctic)

The Pre-Expedition Training will be held in early January in the Canadian High Arctic. The Ice Team plus three members of the Operations Team will be based on Broughton Island for two weeks.

The objective of the trip is to conduct extensive training with the scientific and communications equipment, in an environment that mirrors that of the expedition itself.

Mimicking the daily routine of ‘life on the ice’ will be the primary objective of the trip. This will include travelling across the surface of the ice, crossing leads of open water, camping, cooking, erecting the tent, communicating with both the base and PR teams and, of course, capturing scientific data using SPRITE, the SeaCat probe and the Mora ice drill.

Fitness & Training

The Ice Team is undertaking a range of thorough skills training to prepare themselves for the mental and physical challenges of a 1,200-km trek through one of the harshest environments on earth. Their support team is compiled of a variety of experts who cover every aspect of the expedition. The core focus in the build up to departure will be intense Physical fitness training, Medical training, Amphibious training, Firearms training, Psychological preparation. Extensive preparation will minimise the risk potential and maximises the team's chances of success.

"Preparation" Blog Posts
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
Spring in our step
Posted by Pen Hadow
It’s hard to believe I’m feeling so much better because temperatures here have risen to -24 degrees C! By any standard that’s not exactly warm, but it feels like a new world compared to the -40!...more
Tuesday, 24th March 2009
No Go
Posted by Ian Wesley
Up at the crack of an Arctic dawn today. Today is the day that I'm going to see the ice team – or so I thought....more
Monday, 16th March 2009
Utterly bombproof
Posted by Pen Hadow
I once described Martin during a press conference as “utterly bombproof in a polar environment”, a remark that I stand by to this day. Not only does he capture the very essence of the moment in his images, be it action, emotion or event, he does so in the most inhospitable of conditions. Where others fade and head to warmer climates, Martin comes to the fore, delivering awe-inspiring images despite the bitter cold and cutting winds....more
Saturday, 14th March 2009
Posted by Simon Harris-Ward
At around 2200 local time, as Pen, Ann and Martin lay in their tent, they felt the ice vibrating dramatically underneath them and heard the all too familiar screeching sound of grating ice floes......more
Tuesday, 03rd March 2009

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