April 14-21, 2019
April 14-21, 2019
Ice Axe Expeditions Polar Training Course is the perfect next step for those who wish to explore the Arctic and Antarctic. Graduates of this course will be well prepared for longer, more complex expeditions, such as the North Pole and South Pole. International Polar Explorer, Doug Stoup, has led more expeditions to the poles than any other person on the planet, and has refined countless aspects of polar travel. His 20 plus years of experience and innovation is the foundation of this course. This is the first time that Doug has decided to pass on the specific tools of the trade to individuals interested in taking a deeper dive into polar travel and experiencing polar life.
Our one week course will consist of a training expedition, supplemented by classroom time. We will make a push of about 40-50 km (25-30 mi) from Longyearbyen to Templefjorden across moderate polar terrain and return.
Svalbard is the ideal training ground for polar expeditions. It is located halfway between continental Norway and the North Pole, and is the base for most North Pole Expeditions. Svalbard itself is an extreme environment, home to many of the same harsh conditions that people are exposed to on expeditions to the poles. It is ideally located and home to the Svalbard Airport, Longyear (LYR), a 4 hour one-stop flight from Oslo, Norway.
Polar Explorer – Doug Stoup
Doug continues to travel the poles, pushing the limits of human endurance while raising funds for charities, collecting scientific data for climate change scientists, and leading disabled adventurers to the polar environments. His experiences are as unique and uncommon as the messages he imparts to others. It’s only through immense focus, perseverance, and hard work that Doug has accomplished the unheard of feats throughout his career. Sharing the challenges, achievements, and lessons of his adventures through keynotes, workshops, and actual expeditions is one of Doug’s principle rewards.
Douglas has visited Antarctica 44 times and is the first American Male to ski to the South Pole, below is a list of his past expeditions: