women will fly from London to make their final preparations
in Resolute Bay in Canada on March 1st 2002. About
ten days later, a Twin Otter aeroplane will then take
them to one of the most northerly points of land in
the world - Ward Hunt island - where their journey
across the Arctic Ocean begins. It's 500 miles (415
nautical miles) from Ward Hunt island to the North
the winter, the Arctic Ocean has frozen completely.
The M&G Polar Team will travel across the sea ice
- hauling sledges heavier than they are - through
the harshest conditions on Earth. Temperatures will
plunge to minus 40-50° Centigrade, and the ice will
be moving constantly to create a giant obstacle course
of pressure ridges and leads of open water.
is another world record-breaking expedition - a first
for Britain and an unique double in polar exploration.
As part of it, the M&G Polar Team hopes to raise a
significant sum for the Square Smile charity. To find
out more, please click