Greenland Crossing May 2009

Four teachers have been selected to be part of the Fuchs Foundation teachers’ expedition to the Arctic Circle in May 2009. The Fuchs Foundation is a charitable trust set up in the memory of the pioneering explorer Vivian Fuchs. The trust facilitates expeditions to Polar Regions to encourage teachers to engage in scientific field work with the intention of inspiring young people. The 5 week expedition in May 2009 is to be based around the high arctic snow fields of Greenland. We will complete a crossing of the Greenland icecap on skis and will be supported by a team of dogs. The expedition will leave on the 29th of April and return on June 12th 2009. The main body of the journey is from Ammassalik (65.36N 37.38W) on the east coast of Greenland and finishing at Kangerlussuaq (67.01N 50.72W) on the west coast.

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Departure Day

There was a relatively calm start to the day which rapidly descended into a number of stresses! Number one stress was how to get all the kit in the bag and weigh in at 20kg or under, luckily a  kind neighbour lent me their bathroom scales which pivoted horribly close to the max.   However, undeterred I managed to complete all packing by 11.20-big problem- I had to get to Stevenage to catch the train to HQ by 11.54.  We set out with cynical optimism and true to form I was late!   However, the fates were with us  and after a short wait I was soon boarding  the train and waving goodbye to my family-the last I would see of them until my return.

Friday brought a flurry of excitement and interest from a number of newspapers and BBC 3 Counties radio.  At 7.50 pm I was interviewed live at the airport ; the tension and adrenalin were beginning to kick in and I was soon heading for Iceland...

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