Polar Expedition Resources
Links and resources for Arctic and Antarctic expeditions
I’ve been fascinated by polar journeys for many years. I organised several Arctic expeditions for the British Schools Exploring Society and visited Svalbard a few of times. I’ve twice planned and researched polar expeditions, North and South Pole, which sadly never came to fruition.
Separately I supported the Kaspersky Commonwealth Antarctic Expedition and did a little work for The Scott Expedition. Since then I’ve written a book called How to Get to the North Pole which also has a chapter on the South Pole.
Next Challenge Articles
- 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).
- 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.
- North vs South – Differences between Antarctica and the Arctic.
- Where is the North Pole? – Explanations of the Geographic, Magnetic, Geomagnetic and Pole of Inaccessibility.
- Has anyone been to the Northern Pole of Inaccessbility? – 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?
- 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
- An Introduction to Arctic Exploration – the story of my first experience of polar travel
- RGS Polar Manual – Absurdly thorough document on all aspects of polar expeditions which is free to download from this link.
- Adventure Stats – Wonderful data on every full-distance polar journey in history.
- Explorers Web – American website which is very hot on polar news. Some content isn’t available for free.
Below are a list of people involved in polar expeditions. The ones nearer the top are the more active and/or those who maintain regular blogs.
- Alex Hibbert - Longest unsupported polar journey. Blogs regularly.
- Ben Saunders - Youngest solo North Pole. Trying to break speed record. Regular Tweeter. Not blogged for a couple of years but some great stuff on his RSS feed archive.
- Antony Jinman - Been to North Pole and lots of stuff on Baffin. Runs Education Through Expeditions.
- Rosie Stancer - In race to become first solo woman to the North Pole.
- Felicity Aston - Magnetic North, Commonwealth South, and only solo female to traverse Antarctica.
- Børge Ousland - Arctic solo traverse, North Pole in winter, alone across Antarctica. Really hard.
Want to join a polar trip?
Newland expeditions run North and South Pole expeditions, Greenland traverses and polar training trips in Scandinavia. Mention my name, Tim Moss, if you contact them.
Here are a few companies that offer guided expeditions:
- Adventure Network International (ANI) - The main company for anything down in Antarctica. Twinned with Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions (ALE).
- Newland - These guys run North and South Pole expeditions, training trips in Scandinavia, Greenland traverses and other expeditions including Kilimanjaro and Elbrus. My friend Helen Turton is the UK Expedition Manager. Mention my name, Tim Moss, if you contact them.
- The Polar People – Less extreme Arctic Holidays from Sarah and Jim Meyer, including sailing, photography and art.
- Extreme Outdoor Adventures – Run by polar veteran Charlie Paton.
There are ltos of companies you can find easily on Google. If you can recommend others or would like your company listed, just email me.
Call of the White
I was UK Support for this South Pole expedition.
Race to the Pole
Entertaining account of Cracknell and Fogle’s race.
Pen Hadow – Solo
The North Pole alone and unsupported
Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know
Fiennes’ autobiography sold me on the idea of a life of adventure…
Worst Journey in the World
Widely considered the best in polar writing.
The Endurance Expedition
South: Shackleton’s legendary Antarctic odyssey.
How to Get to the North Pole:
and Other Iconic Adventures
Includes the chapter ‘How to Get to the South Pole’
6 more chapters. 10 times the detail.
- Top 10 Best Seller on Amazon’s Discory & Exploration
- “Highly recommended” – Adventure Travel Magazine
- Foreword by Sir Ranulph Fiennes
- Endorsed by Bear Grylls
- 100% five-star reader rating
(Photo courtesy of Robert Hollingworth)