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Information Presentation: The North Pole!

Information Presentation about our North Pole Expeditions

1400hrs Friday 19th June 2015


How you can sign up, train and prepare for an expedition to the Geographic North Pole!

We invite you to come to the prestigious Royal Geographical Society for an information presentation by celebrated polar guide Alan Chambers MBE.

Alan is a polar adventurer who received the MBE for ‘exceptional leadership in extreme adversity’ when he led the first successful unsupported British expedition to the Geographic North Pole, walking 672 nautical miles in temperatures as low as -65°C dragging a sledge the weight of a baby elephant. In preparation for his expedition Alan lived with a family of Inuits, indigenous to the Arctic for between 1 and 2 months every year for 5 years. Alan has since led top business leaders & chief executives to the North Pole in virtually every North Pole season since 2002. The North Pole challenge helped them explore and reflect on their own leadership capabilities.


During our meeting on 19th June Alan will give a PowerPoint presentation about our North Pole Expeditions and enable you to really understand what is involved in joining one of our Polar expeditions. The April 2016 and April 2017 polar expeditions will be of approximately 14 days including flights. We shall also tell you about an opportunity to go on a short trip to the Arctic Circle in March 2016 and experience what it is like to be on a North Pole expedition.


Jeremy Gane from Gane and Marshall and Simon Albert from Charity Challenge will also be on hand to answer your questions. Jeremy Gane FRGS, and also a director of Charity Challenge, has been researching and developing North Pole expeditions with Alan and Simon for the last five years. Gane and Marshall has teamed up with Charity Challenge to offer these exclusive North Pole expeditions, guided by Alan Chambers.


The Information Day will take place on Friday 19th June 2015 from 1400hrs to 1630hrs in the Lowther Room at the Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR. We have arranged for the main presentation to run from 1430-1515hrs, tea and coffee will be served from 1400hrs.

Please let us know if you wish to attend by emailing Jeremy@ganeandmarshall.com

Charity Challenge team to be featured in “North Pole Airport”, on tv tonight at 8pm on channel 5

If it wasn’t for Barneo, the temporary airfield on ice set up and maintained for nearly a month every spring, then we wouldn’t be able to run our epic North Pole Charity Challenge!

So we’re glad to see the hard work the team at the Barneo airfield put in to make one of the most isolated places in the world accessible is being recognised in this Channel 5 documentary.

Acting as a gateway from which a motley assortment of tourists, scientists and explorers set out to conquer, investigate and discover the North Pole, Barneo Airfield really is an amazing piece of engineering – setting up the airfield on ice is no mean feat! –  A team of Russian paratroopers have to skydive onto the frozen Arctic Ocean to create this extraordinary ice camp. facing temperatures as low as -40° C, as they sculpt a unique airport on the drifting ice.

In the first episode of the series, we meet the team behind Barneo, and some of the North Pole visitors it is heralding in, including our intrepid Charity Challenge team of “6 ordinary men”. The team, lead by veteran Artic Explorer Alan Chambers,  were taking on a challenge of a lifetime to raise much needed funds for Sparks, a UK charity who fund medical research which advances clinical understanding and treatment of conditions affecting babies, children and mums-to-be.

For the “6 ordinary men” of Brian, Alex, Paul, Andrew, Nigel and John, this really was an out of this world challenge! As John himself said;

“I was born in Slough — the North Pole might as well be the Moon”

To find out how they, and a host of other North Pole hopefuls got on, tune into the Documentary “North Pole Airport” tonight at 8pm on Channel 5!

If your inspired to take on your own journey to coldest region on earth, you can find out more and sign up to our North Pole Charity Challenge 2013 here ! You can also see more information about the array of amazing challenges on our website at www.charitychallenge.com. To keep up to date on all our challenge news, please subscribe to this blog. You can also enter your email address into the adjacent box to subscribe to our mailing list.

100 years on from Captain Scott!

Here at Charity Challenge we thought we had a lot to pack ahead of the forthcoming expeditions to the North Pole later this month. Our team have been busy making up dozens of crates and hundreds of kilos of chocolate and freeze dried meals and soups, and packing up group equipment, including sledges, tents, clothing, ropes and skis. But this is the Twenty First Century and thanks to the advances of modern aviation and cutting edge polar technology, the preparations should run relatively smoothly.

And if we weren’t already aware of that, a recent trip to the Natural History Museum proved to us at Charity Challenge that we have nothing to complain about. Scott’s Last Expedition offers a fascinating insight into the explorer’s doomed journey to become the first man to reach the South Pole 100 years ago. They had to pack literally tonnes of equipment, horses, dogs, scientific equipment, and so on for a three year expedition, including even the building materials for their “hut” on the ice for the duration of the expedition.

The exhibition, which runs until September, promises to go beyond the familiar tales of Scott’s three-year journey to the South Pole (1910-1913) and it doesn’t disappoint. The focus is on the everyday stories and activities of the people who took part, their scientific work and unforgettable human endurance.

Visitors can easily spend a couple of hours in the exhibition, reading about everything from the mammoth task of planning the trip to the heart wrenching words of Scott’s final diary entries.

In planning the Terra Nova expedition, Scott had to approach dozens of sponsors who he hoped would help fund the trip. Some lent financial support, while others provided some of the many tonnes of provisions that were loaded on board for the epic trip.

The exhibition then moves into a reconstruction of the hut where Scott and his men lived for much of their time in this inhospitable part of the world. Once inside, you get to see exactly where the men slept, ate and passed the many days that they spent there.

In most people’s minds, Scott is known as being the ultimate explorer, but perhaps what is less well known is just how much scientific research was done while the men were away. The ambitious programme covered a broad range of specialisms including meteorology, zoology and geography. The exhibition features a lot of this work and emphasizes the significance of the discoveries made, even to this day.

Had Scott lived to tell his tale, his experience would have still been overshadowed by the success of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, who beat the British team to the Pole by a month. Curators have compared the two missions, highlighting what might have made the Norwegian efforts more successful.

This extremely moving exhibition, which marks the centenary of Scott reaching the pole and his tragic death, features over 200 rare specimens and original artefacts. Many items, such as clothing, skis, food, tools and diaries are being shown together for the first time.

Simon Albert, director of Charity Challenge, said: “I had the pleasure of visiting the Natural History Museum exhibition last week about Captain Scott and his final Antarctic expedition that took place 100 years ago. It was absolutely fascinating and has totally hooked me in. I can’t stop reading about it now and I just wanted to strongly recommend it to anyone interested in adventure and exploration.”

To find out more or to book a ticket, visit www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on/temporary-exhibitions/scott-last-expedition/index.html

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Snow in britain and snow abroad!

First the Northern lights made an elusive appearance over the skies of Britain, now it’s the turn of snow to coat the ground in an icy white carpet. It seems Britain’s weather is becoming more and more Norwegian!

This weekend saw the first cold blast of 2012, with much of Britain waking up on Sunday morning to the sight of snow. The big freeze brought up to six inches of snow, causing roads to close (leaving some motorists stranded overnight) , and causing havoc at many airports, with a third of all flights at Heathrow cancelled (and before you ask, we always monitor these situations closely in case any of our outgoing/incoming challenger flights are affected). In the wake of this, much of England is under a cold weather alert of level 3, which warns of “100% probability” of severe cold weather, icy conditions and heavy snow. According to the ‘MeteoGroup’, the weather division of the Press Association, the freeze is likely to continue into next week – meaning the snow isn’t planning on fading away anytime soon!

Britain has a love-hate relationship with snow. Black ice vs Snowmen! When the tiniest flakes of it appears, all work comes to a standstill as Britain collectively gathers round the window shouting “snow snow!”, but as soon as a couple of inches build up, it becomes a case of (to paraphrase the press) ‘Misery and turmoil as snow brings Britain to a standstill!’. It seems we like the idea of snow a lot more than the reality, but perhaps it is more apt to say that we love the vivid beauty and extremity of snow, but only when we’re prepared for it!

We can certainly vouch for that here at Charity Challenge, as our new ‘Snow and Ice’ challenge range has proved a great hit! This range includes the Dog Sledding Challenge and the Pyrenees Snow Shoe Challenge, along with the extreme North Pole and South Pole Challenges. There’s something particularly special about these challenges, with the their calm yet vivid landscapes and harsh unfamiliar environments, they really take you out of your comfort zone, and are both mentally and physically challenging! But for the same reason, these challenges are that much more exhilarating and rewarding, and making it through one of these challenges is an unrivalled and unforgettable experience!

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