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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.

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Useful Links

  • 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.

Polar People

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.

Other polar adventures include: Matty McNair Helen TurtonSarah McNair, Robert SwanMike and Fiona ThornewillAnn Daniels, Hannah McKeandCharlie PatonJim McNeil and Pen Hadow.

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.

Polar Companies

Here are a few companies that offer guided expeditions:

There are lots of companies you can find easily on Google. If you can recommend others or would like your company listed, just email me.

Books

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’

How to Get to the North Pole book

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)