In what can be described as a massive play on words, a small team of adventurers is setting out for the North Pole today, with the goal of raising funds for research into bipolar disorder.
The team of 4 are currently on the island of Spitsbergen in Norway. They are spending two days of preparations, testing skis, packing sleds with food and gear, and outfitting their polar clothing, before flying by Antonov-74 aircraft to the Ice Station Borneo.
(Has anyone else read “Ice Station” by Matthew Reilly? Ouch!)
Actually Borneo is a Russian scientific base, erected in April each year on the the moving ice flows in the heart of the Arctic Ocean.
On the 16th they will fly by Mi-8 helicopter to around 50km of the North Pole depending on current drift rate of the floating ice. From there they will spend 4-5 days skiing and sled hauling to the Pole, dragging themselves through the incredible icescapes of the the Arctic Ocean, with iconic features like pressure ridges, rubble, and leads of open water.
At this time of year daylight is enjoyed 24-hours a day, a blessing for those with SAD!
Although I’m glad they’re not going in May or June.
The objective of the expedition is very worthy – to raise medical research funds and increase awareness about Bipolar Disorder. If you want to get on board, with financial support or otherwise, then it’s not too late. To read more visit the BiPolar Expedition website.