My friend David Pierce Jones with whom I shared a tent for 41 days while trekking to the Pole exactly two years ago compiled a great list of dos and don’ts for the North Pole traveller. There are many great tips many of which may seem obvious but so many people ignore them. The list makes me smile! Here are a few of my favourites:
Learn to ski before you go
Don’t expect exhilaration at the end, it just looks the same as the day before, and the day before that…
Get warm at least once a day
Do not face the wind, except when crapping
Don’t just fly in at the last minute. Spend time in Yellowknife and Resolute Bay acclimatizing to the cold and testing gear
The first three days are the hardest, it is the coldest, darkest, heaviest; the sleds don’t slide when it’s really cold, and there’s a lot of ice rubble piled up against Canada.
If you make it to day four, then you can make it.
Don’t let your pee bottle freeze.
Have treats in your resupply
Go on Weber Arctic’s Polar Training Program. I believe It is a serious false economy in time and money not to. Expeditions that follow his advice have a significantly higher chance of success than those that don’t. I am not biased, just realistic.
The full list can be found on the Explorers Web