Polar Training Consultation Day



The training we do is based completely around you. A training day (9am – 5pm) consists of:


  • Meeting and Introductions

Meeting at our offices from where we travel to our chosen venue in the Lake District. During this journey we will talk more about your goals and plan for the day.

  • Polar Expedition Training Session 

Activity for the training session depends on your chosen goals.

Physical training: You may want to focus on physical training for a multi-day self-supported polar expedition. We would run through the most effective training methods for polar travel e.g. core work and tyre pulling to get you started on your training plan. We would begin the session with an assessment of basic fitness and work up to task specific fitness requirements – i.e pulling a heavy sledge for continuous days. The training can be a mix of gym-based and outdoor activities.

Mental training: You may have identified an area already that you wish to improve on. For a polar expedition, this could be coping with the cold and tough conditions. During the training we would work up to synthesising the level of difficulty you would face on the expedition. Testing yourself in a more controlled environment for a shorter period of time is a good idea before a bigger expedition.

Skills: You may choose you want to work on a few specific skills to prepare for the expedition. This could be navigation skills or map-reading. If you want to gain more experience in sledge travel techniques, skiing and packing and loading, you should consider joining our 5-day polar travel training course in Huldreheimen (Norway).

  • Needs Assessment

Big expeditions don’t just ‘happen’. They take a lot of planning and organisation from your side. We take care of the access, permits and paperwork and we’ll keep you safe, but you’ll have to put in a lot of legwork yourself. A short hut-to-hut trip on the King’s trail might just be doable, but what if you want to sign up to a Svalbard crossing a year down the line?

The second part of the training day consists of carrying out a needs assessment and SWOT analysis. We sit down together to start the thorough planning process for your expedition goals. This is based on the ‘data’ gathered during the training session and our conversation. It will give you a clear vision of your desired direction and destination and the steps necessary along the way to make it happen. If you want to do a Svalbard north-south crossing, but have never touched skis before, it will give you an outline of the ways in which you will gain the necessary experience to undertake this trip. You will walk away with a firm plan to move your ideas into the real world.

  • Training Plan and Training Log

We set up a dedicated training plan that helps you train for peak performance. The training plan is periodised into several stages, which allow your body to adapt to training before moving through higher intensity and more specific phases. An example outline of a week’s training programme is pictured below.

For many that are starting out, their goals can be a bit all over the place. You don’t have to have a huge goal that you are aiming for, but defining goal posts along the way helps you to focus your training and measure success. We encourage you to keep a detailed training log to understand how you are handling the training load.

The most specific training requirement for polar travel would be sledge-hauling. Even complete beginners can soon learn to haul on skis, and many of our expeditions can be done in snowshoes as well. Learning hauling techniques and rope safety systems such as using rope brakes for descents of long or steep slopes, and negotiating obstacles are skills that are taught on our expedition training courses, but the physical conditioning for this should be built beforehand through specific training. During the training day, we will share with you the best ways of training for polar travel.

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Your Mentor


Your expedition partner / mentor for the polar expedition training is Jamie Annetts. He is the director of this company and has a considerable amount of experience. Here is a bit of what he has been doing: Ama Dablam, Annapurna II, crossing of Svalbard north to south, crossing of Iceland, Finnmarksvidda, Hardangervidda, Patagonian Icefield. He is qualified as a Personal Trainer and Wilderness Medical Technician. Get to know him – he can take you everywhere.

The Price

We charge our daily rate for the training day: £250.

This includes transfers to the mountain venue, 1:1 training and online access to our training development documents.

The price does not include travel to the Lake District, lunch and accommodation.


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