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Our training trip to Norway

We’ve just got back from our training trip in Norway… a great time was had by all! We flew into Tromso and headed out to the Dividalen region for 4/5 days of remote ski touring. Pulks were kindly lent to us from some of Alistairs colleagues at the Norwegian Polar Institute – which was fantastic for us to get a feel for what it’s like to pull heavy loads! Thanks guys!

The stunning Norwegian Landscape
The stunning Norwegian Landscape

We hoped this trip would give us a feel for what we may expect – being only a few degrees latitude south with similar temperatures…and we definitely got a lot out of this trip.

Dealing with the freezing temperatures
Dealing with the freezing temperatures

We familiarised ourselves with our kit and put it to the test over the 4 days which proved to be extremely valuable. A few minor adjustments need to be made prior to Greenland and a few additions to the kit list. Mainly clothing layers, socks, a stiff brush and a jug for avoiding spillages when filling thermos’s.

Sorting gear on the frozen lake
Sorting gear on the frozen lake

We melted snow throughout our trip for drinking water and cooking, a very time consuming process, but great to get a feel for timings etc. The need for allocating roles became apparent and we became much more efficient at getting out in the morning! Our pace also increased over the time we were out there and we managed to cover just over 60km..

Teamwork
Teamwork

The weather and conditions were on our side and the location was absolutely stunning! Bring on Greenland…just a month to go now…!!!

Jen soaking up the rays..
Jen soaking up the rays..

 

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