Pole Of Cold
Monday 24th March 2014
I've been away for the winter - but instead of heading for some warmth and sunshine I\'ve been leading an expedition to chase the onset of winter across an entire continent. I left the UK in November 2013 in a Land Rover Defender and with the invaluable mechanical know-how of Gisli Jonsson of Arctic Trucks in Iceland, we drove more than 36,000km across the entire Eurasian continent as far as the Pole of Cold, the coldest inhabited place in the world.
Along the way we crossed the Arctic Circle, stood at Nordkapp (the northernmost point of the European continent), drove further East than Japan, drove 2000km on a frozen river and experienced temperatures down to -58C! Our purpose was to explore lives lived at the extremes of climate and to do this we spent time with shaman, reindeer herders, fishermen, scientists, school children, mayors, search and rescue teams, truck drivers and even Santa Claus!
It was an amazing trip and I am looking forward to working on all the material we collected for talks and an exhibition later in the year. But in the meantime I am enjoying being back in the (relative) warmth!
Speaker Blog from The London Speaker Bureau
Pole Of Cold
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Greetings from Boston!
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Legrand UK Annual Sales Conference – Wychwood Park, Weston, Cheshire
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