Northern Pole of Inaccessibility Expedition

Issue 1 - proud sponsors of Ice Warrior Polar Expeditions is proud to be sponsoring Ice Warrior Polar Expeditions in their attempt to be the first to reach the Northern Pole of Inaccessibility.

"The Northern what?" we hear you say. Well, it's the furthest point from any coastline or, to put it another way, the very centre of the Arctic Ocean. It currently sits at 85 47' N 176 9' E, as recently re-calculated by NSIDC scientists and Jim McNeill, Founder of Ice Warrior Polar Expeditions.

The Arctic Pole, as it is also known, has never been reached before, and represents the last true 'World First' in polar expeditioning. The 'unconquered Everest of the Polar Regions', if you like. Jim McNeill will lead four teams of would-be explorers as they face nearly 800 miles of treacherous Arctic Ocean, reporting daily on the conditions they encounter.

Jim McNeill Arctic Ocean Expedition Route
Jim McNeill Expedition Route Map

So, what's the point of all this? Well, arguably the most important unfolding story in the world's media is the state of the Arctic Ocean. As an early warning indicator for Global Warming and Climate Change, it is crucial we know what is happening in the Arctic Ocean. The Ice Warrior expedition to the Arctic Pole is more than just an incredible journey by team members with no previous Arctic experience, it is a scientific expedition whose aim is to deliver the reality of global climate change.

Why is involved? This is such an important project that we want to help further raise awareness and interest in it by giving web users a fascinating 360 insight into the expedition itself. We have provided camera equipment, training and production support to enable  the creation of a range of 360 virtual tours throughout the expedition (which starts in February 2010) allowing website visitors to become 'virtual team members'. Over the coming months, we will be showing you what life inside a polar tent is like, what it's like to be out on the ice, some of the remotest research stations in the world and more - hands up who has seen The Thing?!

We wish Jim and his team the very best of luck and look forward to reporting back to you with news and 360 images of the expedition's progress in 2010.

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