Highlights of the Tour
- Polar training course in Iceland
- A combination of lectures and practical exercises
- Covers about 14 topics
A seven days Polar Training Course based on IMG‘s extensive experience in running expeditions in the Arctic and the Antarctic.
The course is a combination of lectures and practical exercises and includes a four days training-expedition on the Vatnajökull ice cap. The aim is to train people and make them prepared for expeditions in cold weather conditions like found in the Arctic, the Antarctic and in cold mountain areas.
The instructor will be Leifur Örn Svavarsson, founder of Icelandic Mountain Guides and the companies most experienced expedition guide. Leifur has done the Explorers Grand Slam, all the 7 summits plus the poles and much more.
The focus is on polar travels using cross country skis. Still, no prior experience of cross country skiing is needed. The course content, the training and the experience gained will be highly beneficial and practical for any type of cold weather expedition settings, expeditions to the North Pole, kite-skiing over the Greenland ice cap, skiing to the South Pole or mountaineering expeditions in cold environments like found on Denali/Mt. McKinley in Alaska for example.
Few of the topics covered:
- Crevasse rescue
- Cross country skiing
- High altitude sickness
- Avalanche risk / rescue / estimation
- Leadership skills
- Expedition politics (keeping the team together and every ones eye on the ball)
- General rescue response (keeping patient safe, rescue options in different areas)
- Polar bears
- Crossing open waters
- Camping and daily routine
Students are expected to have some background of outdoors travels and a good general level of fitness. All prior experience related to rope work is beneficial. No prior experience of cross-country skiing (Nordic skiing) is needed.
Appropriate out doors clothing is necessary. Equipment list will be sent out after booking. All gear can be rented from Icelandic Mountain Guides. If participants bring their own gear the instructor has the right to reject it if he thinks it‘s not up to safety standards.
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