For four years I had dreamt of putting together an all-female team to complete a ski expedition in the Arctic. I partnered with automotive company LeasePlan and nearly 1/3rd of their female employees applied for a place on the team. After a selection weekend on Dartmoor and 6 months of training, 13 women from LeasePlan completed a traverse of Baffin Island in the Arctic Circle – they were transformed from desk-bound office workers to polar explorers!
Training in Tesco!
The conditions were unusually severe for the time of year, but the team were prepared because I took them to train in Tesco’s frozen food warehouse at -23℃! Sleeping in tents and pulling all their gear in Arctic sleds, the team overcame temperatures well below minus 30 degrees. I am so incredibly proud of this project and still cry every time I watch the video.
Pangnirtung to Qikiqtarjuaq through the Akshayuk Pass
12 Days on the ice