Shropshire man to take part in ambitious polar expedition

Andy Madeley, from Newport
Andy Madeley, from Newport

Accomplished explorer, Jim McNeill, has chosen Andy Madeley, from Newport, to take part in one of the most ambitious polar expeditions of our time; to be the first expedition in history to reach the Northern Pole of Inaccessibility.

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 is over two hundred 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.

Having been selected for the Ice Warrior Quest for the Inaccessible Pole Andy is undergoing a comprehensive and intensive training programme to take on at least one of four 20 day legs, pushing the route across the Arctic Ocean by approximately 200 miles.

Along the route team members will be gathering “crucial datasets” for the scientific community including new and vital data about how the sea ice breaks up, making the whole endeavour a major citizen science project. Partners include the NASA funded National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) scientists, The Met Office, The Scott Polar Institute, The Norwegian Polar Institute and the Russian Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute. This vital data will deliver the reality of climate change and make the whole expedition worthwhile and purposeful.

Andy said “This is a fantastic opportunity to really push myself, acheive a world-first and make a lasting contribute to global climate change science. I simply couldn’t turn it down.”

Expedition leader and Founder of Ice Warrior, Jim McNeill said “I’m delighted to have Andy in the expedition team and look forward to training him in every aspect which will make him a competent polar traveller.”

Jim is looking for 10 more highly motivated individuals who want to go way beyond their comfort zones and push the boundaries of endurance in a wholly worthy and justifiable cause. So if you think you’re up for it, visit the website where there is a downloadable enrolment form for an Induction Weekend.