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Short Arctic Survival Courses in 2011

Wednesday 12th January 2011

Join a 2-week Arctic Skills & Arctic Environmental Studies Course with BSES Expeditions

BSES Expeditions is running two exciting short courses this spring.  These are designed for anyone who would like to learn winter mountaineering skills and basic Arctic survival. The courses available are: 14/04/11 to 28/04/11 and 29/05/11 to 14/06/11.

The two week course in April is aimed at the individual who is keen to learn the skills required to live and operate safely in the Arctic in temperatures as low as -25C.  The latter course is for those who are looking to learn the survival skills required to carry out science in the polar regions.
All aspects of arctic survival will be covered from what to wear and carry to where to camp and how to protect yourself from polar bear visits.  Routine and emergency communications and safe glacier travel and crevasse rescue are covered as well as snow shelters, avalanche awareness, route finding and weather prediction.  In fact, everything you could possibly want to know ahead of running your own expedition to the arctic.
The 18 day expedition will teach you all the mountain skills, camp craft, travel and survival skills, plus the expedition planning required to mount your own expedition.  The first phase of the expedition will begin with getting used to camping in the mountains, where you will survey a glacier and study slush flows in a river nearby.  The next phase will take place close to the sea, again under canvas, where you will be able to undertake your own field work or take part in some of the ongoing studies, which include bird, mammal and plant surveys.  There are also ample opportunities to explore the areas unique geology and meteorology.
No previous experience required, and there are no age no age limits! Courses cost £1,900 plus flights, find out more on the BSES Expeditions website.