Chasing the Snow

It’s frustrating trying to plan a polar expedition when you can’t find the snow! In 2016 we had incredible problems launching an expedition to the North Geographic Pole – the article that was written about this was called Plan D, which I will post later this week. The main problem we faced trying to get to the Pole was the unstable thin ice or no ice at all which happened during the hottest season ever recorded.

During the past 10 days I have been trying to plan visits to schools around the world to deliver talks as a build up to the Everest program next year.

Once I have established a link to the students on a personal one to one basis then the next time we meet will be live via Skype on Everest.

All of the talks this year are being filmed for the documentary – the narrative being how I piece together expeditions with live classroom experiences. Pretty cool stuff and to make it more interesting I want to pick schools in countries that are opposite in temperature and culture – just to show the diversity in what we are trying to do.

The documentary is also a way of reaching a wider audience than the 4 million students we aim to attract with the journey itself.  One thing is we don’t make it easy for ourselves!

Soon I will be in Kathmandu speaking to students in universities and in under funded schools. I would of hoped to then head  to the arctic circle to create more talks this time on ice rather than mountains. However, the seasons are shortening in the arctic so the ice has almost disappeared – the need to show a visual contrast isn’t there so unfortunately I’ve had to cancel this section, for now.

To Chase the snow we aim to try again in March 2019 which is just before the Everest ascent in April. The ice in that area of Northern Canada (Resolute Bay) should be pretty tough by then and the temperature will be freezing which is great to show how people and animals survive in these conditions. This contrast of areas in its self could prove interesting as I will be going from sea level in Canada to 8848 metres on Everest.

 

whiten the back ground and sharpen the dog

Yesterday to compensate for not going to the arctic in a few weeks time I then called a good friend who is a dog musher in Alaska.

I wanted to know if the snow was still good at this time of year. He told me that the seasons were shortening and the snow had nearly all disappeared – so once again our plans changed.  I have postponed the talks in Alaskan schools  until November this year. A mixture of talks  in the cold and dog mushing on frozen lakes will work well just before Christmas.

With the documentary I want to capture these schools in their natural and unique environments – from the mountains and ice we then aim to head to a warmer climate  and a school in Africa. After this the idea of talks in major cities I feel is important so schools in New York and London are being approached.

It’s nice to set these education prorammes up as they are the reason why I choose to explore. However, climate change is affecting the logistics in such an obvious way. Operating in a freezer is getting difficult by the season.

 

Author: Mark Wood

An established polar explorer and adventurer who operates within the extremes of our planet. His next expedition to Mount Everest will involve students from around the globe - this journal was set up to link directly with the teachers, students and the scouts who are involved in the journey.

4 thoughts on “Chasing the Snow”

  1. Thanks for the update, Mark. I’m very interested in bringing your expedition to my 5th grade students. It will put a real-life window on their research of 7 natural wonders of the world. Also, the expedition will serve to greatly widen the worldview of these 10-year-olds from NJ.

    Mary Kirkegard

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    1. Thank you Mary, it’s going to be an interesting build up this year to the expedition in 2019 – I thought that for the students they could see the ups and downs of how an “explorer” prepares for a journey – hence the Journal and documentary. Pleased to have you all on board. Mark – say hello to the students from me please.

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  2. Mark paid a very interesting visit to our special needs school . The pupils were amazed by him ….and his polar bears tooth ! Roll on the Everest ascent .

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