Greenland 2020 Expedition
The concept
We're huge fans of Fridtjof Nansen's and his remarkable legacies in exploration, science, and humanitarian work. 2020 will be the centenary of his appointment to a role which later became the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
We plan to use our expedition for two purposes; to share Nansen's incredible and varied legacies with more people, and to raise awareness of the work of the UN by linking the refugee situations then and now, showing that the work Nansen began is still relevant. We have also agreed to support researchers at the University of Manchester and NASA for a psychological study and are in discussions about a physiological study with other researchers.
Our expedition team is currently three people - Lauren and Thorsten of Team Fram, and a well established polar explorer, and we are looking for three more people to join our crossing.

Details
Crossing Greenland from coast to coast in August/September 2020, following the historic Nansen route E-W in a team of up to 6. This crossing will be self guided. We will take a boat to the starting point, and have our gear collected by helicopter from near the end point so that we can hike the remaining distance to the west coast.

Time
We expect the expedition itself to take around 30 days, with a few days each end needed for travel, and a safety buffer in case of bad weather. All in all, we will be allowing 6 weeks for the trip.
We will also need team members to assist before the trip with finding sponsors and helping with logistics, attending at least 1 week's team training in Scandinavia in February/March 2020, and being available for regular team video calls.
You will also need to commit to increasing levels of physical training in the run up to the trip.

Cost
There are still a lot of unknowns and we've not yet calculated the full costs, but we expect them to be less than 8,000GBP per person, plus flights from our home countries.
This excludes kit - we expect people to bring their own equipment though of course tents and stoves etc. can be shared between two people. Getting sponsors for the trip may significantly reduce the costs, but we can not promise anything, yet.
Cost will also vary according to how things work out in Greenland, for example poor weather on arrival might mean we have to spend several extra days in a hotel.

Skills and experience
Everyone on the team will need to have a good basic level of expedition skiing experience, and accompanying snow camping skills.
We will also need to already have, or commit to gaining skills in glacier travel, crevasse rescue, gun handling, etc.
Other useful skills that we are looking for include navigation, first aid, mountaineering, and so on.
All participants must have a good level of English as communication may be in difficult conditions at times and misunderstandings could prove fatal.

Next steps
We will be closing applications at the end of June so that we can get our team in place during July.
If you have a suitable background, one of us will be in touch to arrange meeting or video call with you shortly. If we get on OK then, we'll be inviting you out for a hike and wild camp over summer to get to know you and see how we work together.
Successful team mates will be expected to contribute 200GBP shortly after joining to help us secure our fixer and make a start on our licenses. This money will be non-refundable as it will be spent immediately.

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