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£2,500 Funding Available on an Arctic Adventure of a Lifetime

Wednesday 2nd March 2011

Fantastic funding available for North East and Channel Island gappers

 North East and Channel Island gappers with a lust for adventure and a passion for environmental science are urged to apply for the last few places on the British Schools Exploring Society’s Extreme Arctic expedition to Svalbard this spring.  The charity has bursary funding of £2,500 towards the cost of the expedition available for North East* and Channel Island residents on a first-come, first-served basis, and is encouraging applications as soon as possible to take advantage of this generous offer.
Svalbard, a far-flung snowy archipelago on the edge of the Arctic Ocean, is just 600 miles from the North Pole.  At 78 degrees north, the average temperature on arrival in April is -20C, with the islands already experiencing 24 hour daylight.
Living in tents and snow caves in sub-zero temperatures, the young explorers will be taught how to survive in the extreme cold before venturing further afield as weather improves, allowing access to unspoiled landscapes as far as the eye can see.  Mountaineering, cross-country skiing and travelling with pulks across the mountain tops, valleys, and tundra, the team will experience the vast expanse of astounding natural beauty, with the freedom, under the guidance of world-class leaders, to explore wherever they choose.
The young explorers will also be working alongside highly qualified scientists to conduct glacial geomorphology and phenology studies, contributing to long-term projects concerning the measurement of key indicators of climate change.  In addition, an ornithological survey will also be undertaken, gathering and collating data on some of the indigenous species.
Those taking part will have to be physically fit, enthusiastic and resourceful in order to comfortably live under canvas for the duration of the expedition and to bear the mental and physical hardships of such an adventure.  The young explorers will benefit from contact with highly experienced volunteer leaders from the fields of education, industry, medicine and the armed forces, who will ensure that the expedition works to a professional standard so that ambitious scientific and adventurous training objectives can be safely undertaken.