Taking part in an expedition to the North Pole is tough enough. Taking part in an expedition to the Northern Pole of Inaccessibility sounds even more daunting.
But that is exactly the challenge budding adventurer Tim Davies is preparing to undertake.
The 23-year-old from Hammersmith has been chosen by Jim McNeill, one of the world’s most experienced and respected explorers and founder of the Ice Warrior Project, to be part of the first expedition to reach the Inaccessible Pole.
Defined as the furthest point from land on the Arctic Ocean and therefore its centre, the Northern Pole of Inaccessibility remains the last truly significant place in the Polar Regions, yet to be reached by mankind and over 200 miles further than the Geographic North Pole. The whole journey will be near to 800 miles from the northern shores of Canada and will take-in the North Magnetic Pole on route.
Tim, who teaches English to foreign language students, applied for the expedition and was selected after a being put through his paces in Dartmoor. He is scheduled to depart in February next year and is now undergoing a comprehensive and intensive training programme to take on at least one of four 20-day legs.
Along the way he will help gather data for the scientific community how the sea ice breaks up. Tim said: “I found out about the expedition online and jumped at the chance to be involved. We had a primary selection round in Dartmoor which included navigating through the night with map and compass, surviving on minimal food and water to push everyone out of their comfort zones and see how we would react.
“Since school I have relished the physical and mental challenge of expeditions. I love being in remote places and seeing new and exciting places, just like the exploring greats like Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
“I’m thrilled to have been selected as part of the team. It is a fantastic opportunity to really push myself and learn a completely new set of skills while contributing to a really worthwhile cause.”
Jim McNeill, who will lead the entire expedition, said: “I’m delighted to have Tim in the expedition team and look forward to training him in every aspect which will make him a competent polar traveller.”
To help Tim realise his dream go to http://www.gofundme.com/explorertim.