How to prepare for an arctic expedition?
Preparing for an arctic expedition
Last autumn the task of preparing a Narwhal to spend six months in the arctic, undertaking seven separate expeditions, including two ocean research expeditions and involving a total of 30 crew members seemed more than a little bit daunting. We had just returned from Norway, tying up to the dock in Clyde Marina weary from our 1000nm return passage to Scotland. My brain was still a whirl of weather forecasts, tide times and navigational information. With so much to plan it was hard to know how we were going to manage it, or indeed where to start. Fortunately I was able to fall back on my two tried and trusted tools for planning anything from arctic expeditions to mountain marathons… a list and cup of tea!
On the cusp of embarking on the aforementioned 6 month arctic expedition, here is a little insight into some of the things that went into making it happen. Spoiler alert, it involved more than 1 cup of tea, and come to think of it more than one list…