Arctic Expedition

Arctic Circle

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




March 2015


12 Days on the ice

Coldest Day

40 degrees

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