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
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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