Well, perhaps that’s a bit of an exaggeration but here is a collection of articles that I have written about travelling in the Arctic and Antarctic.
I’m not a polar explorer, or even a “polar adventurer”, but I have organised and supported a lot of Arctic and Antarctic expeditions, spent a long time researching North and South Pole expeditions that never came to fruition, and done a little ski touring with pulks and rifles in Svalbard (you can read about my crash course in the article I wrote for Adventure Travel Magazine: An Introduction to Arctic Exploration).
If you want to read more about polar travel – and not just stuff that I’ve written – visit my Resources section for useful links, top polar explorers, recommended books and more.
- North vs South – What are the differences between Antarctica and the Arctic?
- Where is the North Pole? – Did you know that there are at least four different “north poles”? This article explains each of the Geographic, Magnetic, Geomagnetic and Pole of Inaccessibility.
- Has anyone been to the Northern Pole of Inaccessbility? – Or is it a crown still waiting to be claimed? Ice Warrior Jim McNeil shares his thoughts and research.
- The Language of Polar Expeditions – Last degree vs full distance, unsupport vs unassisted and other terminology explained.
- Navigating at the North Pole – Compasses point at the Magnetic North Pole, so how do you navigate to the real one?
How To Articles
These detailed pieces are the best place to start for anyone considering or planning a North or South Pole expedition.
- How to Get to the North Pole – An overview of everything involved in North Pole expeditions. The article formed the basis of my later book.
- How to Get to the South Pole – All the basics for the South Pole. Again, much more detail is available in my book. (Ann Daniels has also written a short article of the same name).
Tips & Advice for Polar Travel
- 10 Tips for a North Pole Expedition – Advice from polar pro Charlie Paton of Extreme Outdoor Adventures.
- 10 Tips for Your First Polar Expedition – Advice from Helen Turton of Newland.
- Gloves for Antarctica – Polar veteran Mike Thornewill gives his advice on glove use for the South Pole.
- Training for a South Pole expedition – advice for polar getting fit for a polar expedition.
Next Challenge Resources
These adventure ideas are taken from the Inspiration section of my Resources Page.
Other topics include sponsorhip, inspiration, cycle touring and wild swimming.