What's this all about?

I'm joining an expedition to sled over 200 kilometers across the wilds of the Arctic Circle in the depths of the Norwegian winter (January 2009). With possible temperatures down to as low as -30C and extreme conditions such as blizzards and high winds, it's going to be a huge challenge both mentally and physically - I think just trying to keep the sled upright and in a straight line will be a challenge in itself! Added to that there are very steep inclines to run and push the sled up, and with the fact we'll be working hard and travelling long hours - I think this is going to be tough; the huskies will expect me to be working as hard as they are. We'll be looking after the dogs ourselves for the week, each of us having our own team of 4-6 dogs and a sled to work with.
I'm going to have to get very fit, and yes... even give up smoking... so that's just another reason to sponsor me. I'll try and keep this blog up to date with progress and information about the trip.
I'm doing this for many reasons, but one of the main ones is to raise money for Amnesty International. I'm funding the costs of this all myself, so every penny you give will go to Amnesty International. If you'd like to donate(sponsor me) just click on the Donate button in the Justgiving widget on the right or you can go to www.justgiving.com/jonandthehuskies

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Seven Sleeps to Go

Only seven sleeps and I'll be in the Arctic Circle! I think I have everything ready now, right down to the piles of chocolate bars (polar exploration fuel bars that is - well, ok, maybe just lots of chocolate bars).
I have been planning to eat a lot this week, and not sure if it's the because I've been thinking that, or because the heating is down, but I've been eating like a horse this week already (haha - no not hay - yuk!).
I had a photographer for the local paper (the Bath Cronicle) come round today to take some photos, so I spent most of the time asking him about taking photos in the Arctic, not that he'd ever been there, but he gave me some good tips - well - they sounded like good tips anyway! He reckoned white balance was a bit of a challange as everything was rather blueish - so it's as well I'm planning to use RAW format. I need to find a lens hood though.. hopefully as they are just bits of plastic they will be cheap!
He did rather put my mini adventure in it's place by mentioning he had just come from photographing some woman who had been dragging her own sled around the Antartic... ah well... Still, one thing at a time... lets see if I can survive my week!
I have spent the evening making up collection tins for the local pubs... a bit late I know... but well, better late than never. Actually, if I die a miserable lonely frostbitten death in the bitter frozen wastes that can be my epitath ,"Better late than never" - seems suitable! ;)

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