This is too barmy to contemplate, but having just tried to reduce the UK population by 14 people the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge has decided to do the challenge again in 2016, only this time in February! (Stop Press – and March 2016 as second trip now added!!)
Believe me this will be the 2015 challenge but up a notch due to the possibility of a tad more severe weather. But don’t let that put you off, after all its for a good cause and you will feel tremendous should you survive (sorry, that should read when you finish…). You will have raised a large sum of money for a very worthwhile cause, and a newer, slimmer you will be completely at peace with yourself when you get back to the UK. In fact if you pack nothing else in your rucksack I suggest you take all your troubles out there with you because its a great place to lose them!
One great bit of news though – the 2016 trips will be part sponsored by our new SPRI supporters, SAS Scandinavian Airlines with whom the teams will be flying, via Oslo, to Alta in northern Norway. We are really pleased to be associated with such a prestigeous sponsor, and our thanks to them for their enthusiasm and foresight to support such a great cause.
I’ll endevour to update this page during the year to add a proper kit list for you (not the basic list we were provided with), and some guidelines about maintaining good hygeine, liquid intake, and all sorts of useful stuff we only found out by hard experience. I hope it will help avoid some of the pitfalls we encountered by our lack of advance knowledge.
So, are you made of the right stuff to raise about £3000 in sponsorship and trip expenses before you go, to be fit enough to do what we did, and do so as part of a team? The first is essential I’m afraid, the second is highly desirable, but the third is absolutely paramount; solo sledders need not apply! This is a team event and your first objective is to get everyone to the finish line. Somehow we did (it was close at times) and you will have that reputation to maintain.
OK then your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to contact the Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute and register for a place. Click here for the contact details.
If you decide to ask for a place in the team you have my admiration. You may have to seek therapy from elsewhere though..! I’m joking – go for it… as one of my team-mates said ‘it ticks one of life’s boxes’; what more could you want?
Preparing for the 2016 challenge……
Latest News: The first of the Musher sites for 2016 are up and running – see Scott Wylie’s ‘Scott of the Arctic’ site. Also worth a look is John Pratten’s site – ‘Brass Monkeys’. I’ll post up any new ones as they are notified to me….