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Hardangervidda Crossing

Cross the high plateau of the Hardangervidda on this remote, committing trip. Experience the enticing challenge of being completely self-supported as we pull pulks through snow fields and set up camp in winter tents.

9 days
height 1450M
grade grade grade grade grade grade
price SALE 2295
Mar
2021

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Gateway               Finse

Daily distance       22-25km

Sled Weight          40kg

Temperature        -5 to -10°C

Distance                      130km

Nights on ice               7

Ski/ snowshoe days    8

Challenge                     4

This is certainly one to tell your friends about when you return. They will probably think that you’re mad for ‘camping in the snow’ but you’ll have gained an experience that they have not. If you can find suitable adjectives to describe the place that is. The photos do not do it justice” – Tom

Expedition Details:

The Hardangervidda plateau has attracted great polar travellers such as Amundsen, who was the first to try to cross it, but failed many times. For a long time, the Hardangervidda was believed to be impossible to conquer.

Our Hardangervidda crossing expedition takes on the challenge of crossing the plateau, which, for some 8 months is a windswept wilderness, covered in deep snow. The crossing can be completed on either skis or snowshoes. This is a very committing, remote expedition; for 6 days we will be completely self-supported, pulling pulks with all the equipment and supplies we will need for the week and setting up camp in polar-proof tents. Distance to be covered is about 150km.

The landscape we encounter is a convincing approximation of the Polar regions, with the hiss of drift and the wind-shaped furrows, ridges and waves of snow. We will focus on teaching navigation, camp routines and safety for winter conditions. The skills and experience you have gained on this expedition will be a great preparation for more extreme adventures, taking you to the poles or up to Svalbard.

 

Fitness requirements and experience:

Due to an average elevation of 1,100 meters on this wide-open plateau, the climate can at times be challenging. Extreme winds and whiteouts can make it difficult to gain ground, and we need to be prepared for all eventualities. Experience of managing yourself in challenging conditions will be important.

A good level of personal fitness and endurance is required to complete this expedition. It is a strenuous trip – we will be skiing/snowshoeing 8-9 hours a day including breaks, pulling an approximately 25kg heavy sled. Prior to the trip we will run a Training Course, where you will learn managing your kit in winter conditions, as well as using all of the equipment needed.

Starting as virtual strangers the team met up in Scotland at the end of January for a weekend of training, trying kit and getting to know earth other. An excellent ( essential?) idea to hold this weekend to allow Jamie and Mark (leaders) to see people in action, help the team get to grips with kit and find out more about the trip but also start bonding. With the help of a what’s app group, by the time we met in Norway there was already a team atmosphere. The exped team genuinely want to make sure you are taking on the right challenge and are going to be up to it and enjoy the experience.’ (Jennie)

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Training and Preparation

Many wonder how to prepare best for a polar expedition. This will vary from trip to trip and for each individual. We provide a lot of advice and support before the start of the expedition to make sure that all team members are as best prepared as possible and we have a functioning team.

Fitness Training:

Our usual support includes talking through any questions on the phone, and we will be in regular contact with you in the build-up to the expedition to supply you with information, updates and reassurance where needed If this training expedition is part of your preparation towards a tougher crossing of Iceland, the Patagonian Icecap or Greenland, we recommend having a look at Training Consultation. The Training Consultation day gives you the option to assess in detail where you are at in terms of mental and physical capacity and skill, from where we can move on to putting together a personal training plan. For a higher level of support, we also offer a Polar mentoring programme. We aim to equip you with the skills, confidence and experience to go on to higher goals and become self-sufficient in extreme conditions.

Training Weekend:

There are many ways in which you can train and prepare by yourself – but the best way is to come to our expedition training course which we organise as part of the trip. The dates are flexible, arranged to suit you, but the course generally runs 1-2 months before your expedition to allow you to get more training in and put the things learned into practice. The aim is to go through all the skills and equipment needed beforehand to be as well prepared as we can. It’s also a good opportunity to get to know your team mates, as operating closely as a team will be important on your expedition. We aim to perfect camp routines, navigation and teamwork as we, at the same time, enjoy the scenery and the peace of the North of Scotland. Where our training courses are based depends on the kind of skills we aim to teach: the Lake District, North Wales and Scotland are our usual locations. For this expedition, we will head to the Cairngorm plateau which is the perfect training ground for polar travel. The training course is free of charge, but you will be required to cover your transport, food and accommodation. More information on the training course will be given once you’re signed onto the trip.

Equipment:

Equipment is one of the areas we get the most questions on. Being well kitted out for a trip into extreme conditions is essential. Once you are signed up to a trip we will send you a kit list which explains thoroughly what you need. Why and how you use the equipment will be discussed on the training course. Our pre-expedition training course is designed to help you get familiar with the essential kit. For our trips we supply most of the specialist equipment that is not easy for you to get yourself, either as part of the trip package or for rental. For your personal equipment we are able to offer advice on choosing the best kit, most of which we can order in for you at good discount prices. We are affiliated with Cotswold Outdoors, which means that our clients get 15% discount at all Cotswold Stores.

Food:

Hauling a pulk in low temperatures for long days means you burn up to 6,000kcal every day. The food we take is there to keep up your calorie count, but also your morale. We supply freeze-dried  ration packs as well as lunch packs. For breakfast and dinner there will be a variety of meals to choose from. Prior to the expedition you will be asked to send us a list with your preferred options. Please let us know if you have special needs or concerns regarding food or nutrition, we will do our best to help.

Safety:

Guide-Client ratio is maximum 1:3, which allows for close personal support for each expedition team member. Our teams carry a satellite phone and a Personal Locator Beacon which sends out a signal via satellite to identify the approximate position of the party.

All of our trips have a strong focus on training and supporting participants to become self-sufficient in the polar regions. Our Hardangervidda expedition is a hard challenge with long days and a lot of mileage to cover, which is particularly suited to build up to more extreme expedition objectives such as Greenland, South and North Pole, or the Patagonian Icecap. Before and during the expedition we will teach the skills which you will need for an independent expedition or to be a good team member in our and other expedition teams.

Sledge travel and skiing or snowshoeing

Sledges are the essential thing about being self-sufficient. Sledge hauling is a self-contained and very efficient way of travel. Personal loads of up to three times the weight of those ‘backpackable’ can be hauled in relative comfort. Even complete beginners can soon learn how to haul on skis. You will learn about hauling and safety techniques as well as efficient packing.

Many worry about their skiing skills. If you’d like to attempt the crossing on skis but are unsure about the amount of experience needed, we can set your mind at ease. The terrain is mostly flat with a few undulations and for any steeper descents it is fine to unclip and walk down. For the uphills skins are essential as the pulk adds a lot of weight. We also offer the option of crossing the plateau on snowshoes. Either way, you will gain a good feel for both modes of travel and pick up further skills in cross country skiing.

Fitness Training 

Where our programme is different to others, is our emphasis on fitness training. Having a solid fitness plan and targeted exercises to work with is essential to prepare your body for the stresses of a polar expedition, and is the area where preparation falls short in most cases. We provide advice in this area. If you are extremely serious about your personal development in polar environments and have big targets in mind we can support your training with our Polar Training programme.

Food and Cooking 

You will learn how to keep your body fuelled for the strenuous physical exercise and about the routines of cooking in minus temperatures. (By the end of the expedition you will know the perfect fill-line for adding hot water to your dry ration!)

Snowcraft

We will cover snow and ice techniques, methods for roping up and other safety procedures needed for a polar environment. We will spend time re-practicing techniques and re-familiarising ourselves with all the equipment, trying out crampons and digging simple snow holes.

Campcraft, Equipment and Clothing 

The only true way to experience the polar regions is by being self-sufficient. Being comfortable and safe out there means paying great attention to detail, practice and techniques and adhering to a workable routine. The essential thing with polar camping is to keep things dry inside the tent. You will learn how to pitch the tent in strong winds or on icy surfaces, how to arrange the inside of the tent, how to secure the pulks outside and how to use snow shovels and a snow saw for cutting snow blocks to dig in the tent.

There’s an art to picking the right sleeping bag, right boots and proper clothing. The issues are knowing how cold it is likely to be, weight and volume issues, synthetic versus down considerations, and of course the budget available.

Our aim is for you to acquire more technical knowledge yourself and start to know what feels right and works for you. Head and face, hands and feet all need special attention as they are particularly vulnerable to frostbite and the chosen systems have to work faultlessly even under the harshest conditions.

Hazardous Conditions 

Experiencing different conditions, knowing what to expect and learning how to cope best is one of the most important things you will learn. Our rule of thumb is to be prepared for the worst and pleasantly surprised with the favourable.

There may be days of whiteout when cloud reduces contrast and definition and sky and horizon are merged into one. Any sense of scale and distance are lost, causing complete disorientation. It will be necessary to take compass bearings and know our rate of travel. Crosswinds, temperature and conditions underfoot can influence our direction and speed.

Strong wind and wind chill is particularly common on the Hardangervidda – we will learn to deal with this, looking at protective clothing and camp set-up.

The extreme cold comes with its own challenges and we will practice and revise routines and systems for this. Every task undertaken in the extreme cold will be far more difficult to complete than in warmer temperatures. GPS or batteries may not work, food and drink freezes, taking out a map with gloved hands becomes a struggle.

5 out of 5

Great expedition, great company and great route. Thanks to Mark for guiding us all home from Finse to Rjukan and organizing everything, and to Huw & Andy for fantastic company on the ski-trail. My aim for the trip was to learn the techniques and methods key to effective and safe unsupported polar travel, and the expedition more than delivered on this, building my competencies in skiing with a pulk, ski waxxing with a pulk, polar campcraft (pitching tent in snow, cooking in tents), pulk packing, meteorology, food decision-making and waaaaay more. The teaching style – letting you get on with it once you’ve been shown how, and not hand-holding was perfect for building my competency (…Apologies again for melting the MSR fuel bottle top, now learnt my lesson to check around the stove before putting up the windshield!) The expedition has broken the confidence glass ceiling for me about the possibilities to launch, join and have success on polar-style expeditions, and I’ll always be thankful to Mark and Exped for showing me how it’s done.

John-Henry Charles
5 out of 5

Very much enjoyed this trip. Mark’s very knowledgable and free with his advice and tips, he was tremendously encouraging and patient with someone who’s never been on skis before! The pace was relaxed and the atmosphere and humour in the team was great (delighted to have met the other two guys). Mark was extremely helpful with pieces of kit and ready to adapt plans had it been necessary with regard to unexpected logistical challenges courtesy of my airline(!). I had discussed my motivation with Mark beforehand and am delighted to say I learned a lot from this trip and from observing Mark’s techniques and practices in these conditions. I really got what I wanted from it and now feel very well prepared for my personal aims which will be to cover a familiar 100 mile trek in West Greenland in winter conditions to mark my 10th visit. Being a complete novice on skis and dragging a pulk, Exped Adventure created a welcoming and supportive environment to get me up to speed with those skills and it was fabulous to experience not just sunny days but complete white-out and belting winds. I felt that the full immersion over the 7 day crossing rather than a short instructional course was the very best way to get me what I wanted. Provided you’re reasonably fit and have the right mindset for the conditions, I’d highly recommend this company to help you realise your adventurous ambitions or simply to skill up for your own plans. Sincere thanks to Mark and team Exped Adventure, also to Andy and John-Henry for being great companions and if I may, the pointer to Nordic Life for winter gear also took me to a source of superb advice and support.

Huw Thomas
5 out of 5

Having undertaken the Micro Hardangervidda trip in 2018 and decided that polar style trips are enjoyable I decided to undertake something slightly bigger and the full crossing seemed just the thing! Under Marks expert eye, 3 near strangers came together for a seriously rewarding ski trip. We travelled approx. 130km fully self supported in one of the most amazing locations I have had the pleasure to travel to I can’t recommend this trip highly enough. The route takes you through high mountain passes and crosses frozen lakes and rivers; although there are huts along the route these are skirted to keep you feeling as remote as is possible. Exped provided some of the best polar tents, stoves etc out there for you to use and teach you the best ways of setting up and using them in the all conditions. If you are interested in undertaking your first proper polar trip, this is the place to start.

Andy
5 out of 5

Being an inquisitive kind of guy I have had an interest in the arctic and polar expeditioning from the early beginnings of my outdoor existence. It is fair to say that the trip has met and exceeded any expectations for a number of reasons. These include the outstanding beauty of the Hardangervidda plateou combined with the sheer physical challenge of a self-supported trip. The testing nature of the expedition meant that it was quite reasonable to consider it a justified ego-boost once it was over :). It certainly pays to be fit although one of my most unexpected findings is just the significance of mindset in making it a enriching and fulfilling experience. Jamie and Mark are two absolutely lovely people who will look after you when you need looking after and will happily support you when you could do with a hand. The guys shared their wealth of knowledge whilst at the same time allowing you to discover things for yourself – approach which worked brilliantly with my rather stubborn brain. Logistics and organisation were great, there was no unpleasant surprises and the transfers, rations and communication were all dealt with smoothly and efficiently. Hand on heart one of the best adventures I had. I highly recommend Jamie, Mark and Exped and hold them in high regard.

Filip K
5 out of 5

I wasn’t too sure what to expect since I had never done anything like this before. I was looking for an adventure and I wasn’t disappointed as everything ran smoothly, from the preparation meeting in Aviemore, review of the kit, logistics to get to Finse and beyond. I think it’s important to highlight the fact you need both physical preparation so you can enjoy the crossing as much as possible and some good kit so you don’t have to worry about the cold weather, your feet, etc. It was an extraordinary experience into polar self-supported expedition, I absolutely loved it and have already signed up for Svalbard next year. If you’re looking for something out of your confort zone, this is the one.

Philippe
5 out of 5

It was my interest in, and awe of, early 1900’s Arctic and Antarctic exploration that drew me to this expedition. One of the main awe-inspiring hardships from, in particular, the British Expeditions to the South Pole, are the latter stages where, with no further means of transport (due to various failures in knowledge, experience, planning and strategy), they had to resort to ‘man-hauling’ the sleds loaded with their food and equipment, all the way to their destination. In the Hardangervidda trek I saw a very slight imitation or taste of being on a polar expedition – in polar terrain, with no ‘mod cons’, no automated vehicles, being at the mercy of the landscape and the weather, and most importantly – being totally self-supported. This meant going out there with everything needed to cross Hardangervidda without any re-supplies, transporting everything manually (including food, tents, clothing, equipment, etc) on our pulkes/sleds, and camping out on the snow every night. This was exactly what I was looking for! What I’ve described above seems quite a serious perspective compared to other reviews, but it is the truth. However, that doesn’t tell the full picture of the trek, only my reasons for signing up in the first place. The whole trek turned out to be a journey of discovery of sampling polar expedition life, being enveloped in the astounding Norwegian scenery, experiencing the incomparable camaraderie that can only be found on such a journey, and simply enjoying a fantastic wild-camping trek across the snow with a bunch of like-minded people. Next – I am eyeing up something even closer to a polar expedition experience: ExpedAdventure’s Svalbard trek!

Dave
5 out of 5

This trip was awesome and lived up to and exceeded my expectations!! The expedition was challenging in part both physically and mentally sometimes in challenging weather but we also had amazing scenery and brillant sunny days to explore and live for 6 days in this fantastic environment. Jamie from Exped Adventure was brilliant happy to answer any question and very knowledgeable. The trip was well organised and we were given plenty of information especially on the training weekend.The arrangements – kit, logistics food and accommodation in Norway were also first class!! Highly recommend this to anyone else who might be interested.

Chris Golby
5 out of 5

Starting as virtual strangers (a couple of people knew each other and there had been some on-line coms) the team met up in Scotland at the end of January for a weekend of training, trying kit and getting to know earth other. An excellent ( essential?) idea to hold this weekend to allow Jamie and Mark ( leaders) to see people in action, help the team get to grips with kit and find out more about the trip but also start bonding. With the help of a what’s app group, by the time we met in Norway there was already a team atmosphere. The exped team genuinely want to make sure you are taking on the right challenge and are going to be up to it and enjoy the experience. Hitting Norway mid March, our self supported journey took us on and off some of the cross country ski trails but always camping away from any areas where there were huts keeping that feeling of being alone in the vast expanse of snow and ice. Hardangervidda is a fantastic location and this trip has certainly inspired me to return someday independently, perhaps taking a longer time to explore the area more or try skiing between the huts as many Norwegians do. The kit supplied for this exped was top notch, top of the range tents and stoves, and pulks (sledges) the same as those used to cross the pole. Jamie’s organisation of logistics (timings, transport etc) was excellent, every part of the journey pre planned … and it all worked out. If you want to go on a trip to somewhere exciting and are daunted by the planning, simply don’t have time or if you want to take your exploring a step higher or further out of you comfort zone than you would dare to do alone then Jamie and his team will look after you very well.

Jennie
5 out of 5

As the description for this expedition states, you are self-sufficient for 6 days in complete Winter wilderness which is very challenging – it certainly isn’t a week long stroll in the winter hills. If anything, it is a significant challenge as a stand-alone expedition; however, it could also be a valuable stepping-stone for those progressing to more extreme expeditions – either polar or higher altitude. It requires physical and psychological robustness, self-sufficiency and self-organization in arduous conditions whilst also working with your fellow expedition team members for the success of the whole team. The environmental conditions require appropriate equipment, which you have to take with you and pull on a pulk throughout the 6 days and 150km. I thoroughly enjoyed this expedition and the invigorating sense of isolation in some awesome wilderness. Above all I really enjoyed the approach taken by Exped Adventure. They provided the very highest quality of equipment from Hilleberg polar tents, pulk and harnesses, stoves and emergency equipment. The advice provided from the day I decided to go on the expedition was excellent; there was regular communication, pragmatic advice on my personal equipment choices, advice on preparation training, details on transport and what to expect on the exped. Every question was answered quickly and appropriately. A social media group was set up to enable us to get to know each other before the exped, helped us arrange car share to a training weekend, let us exchange information, communicate panics with anything, our expectations, our concerns, and general pre-exped discussions. When we met for our training weekend we almost knew each other already which made for a great learning experience in preparation for the true expedition. We were also given lots of opportunity to decide on food and equipment choices before leaving UK. Throughout the expedition I felt fully engaged in the decision making process regarding route choices, daily travel distances, camping locations, morning start times and finish times. Don’t get me wrong, we knew there were given distances to cover and only a fixed number of days to achieve that distance but we were part of the planning process which contributed greatly to our engagement with the expedition. You won’t know whether you can do it until you commit to it, and if you are going to do it then the personal service you get from Exped Adventure will ensure you get the best opportunity, experience and the amount of personal development opportunity that you desire. I will certainly use Exped Adventure again for my future expedition requirements as they do bespoke service, go the extra mile to provide unique experiences to unusual locations and provide the highest quality of equipment and excellent guides who are International Mountain Leaders.

Gary Fletcher
5 out of 5

I could write a long review full of descriptive pros on the Hardangervidda’s extensive, raw, blanched, beauty and its turns from sun-drenched plateau to a snow blizzard corridor. But if you have got this far on the page then you’re already very interested so I will keep the flowery bit short and the helpful bits hopefully helpful. Right now there must be something telling you that you should do this…a gut feeling, a tiny voice in the back of your head, the flutter of your heart even at the thought of it? If that’s the case then honestly sign up, because that’s the adventurer in you needing to do something exactly like this. I’m glad I listened to those feelings and that voice because the sense of adventure and achievement I was looking for was exactly what Exped Adventure delivered on this trip. Notes on the trip: The Exped Adventure team – • Our two guides were knowledgeable, qualified and professional. Both were approachable and encouraging. They offered an abundance of help before and during the trip. From kit advice – where to shop, what brands are good/best value, what works best in the environment/temperature expected – through to camping routine guidance – i.e. make sure you get the stove on first once the tent is up for a warm brew/food – they helped you at every stage of the trip drawing on their own professional knowledge and personal experiences. They want you to be comfortable and safe so make use of their knowledge and skills, they are brilliant. • The Scotland training weekend is invaluable for kit, equipment and self-admin knowledge prior to the trek. It’s also a great way to meet the people you’ll be travelling with. • All equipment, accommodation and transport included in the price was great, you can tell that your money is well spent. You know you’re not going to the Ritz but the accommodation is clean and comfortable, the transport well organised and your equipment well selected. • You’re well fed for the activity you are undertaking. Food needs and preferences (to a degree – no lobster I’m afraid) are asked about and catered for where possible. Personal expectations (again no lobster and Ritz glamour I’m afraid) – • Snowshoeing isn’t as hard as you think! I hadn’t done it before but picked it up easily. • And pulk pulling is a damn sight easier than burgan carrying! Again this was new to me but came as a welcome break from my normal mode of carrying kit. • It gets cold, very cold. You’re working and living in an extreme environment. Don’t forget it, respect it and you’ll be safe. There’s a lot of snow, a lot of ice and a lot of looking at white stuff (the tents are thankfully bright red). You’ll wake up with ice on your sleeping bag for sure, you’ll walk up and down some steep slopes, through snow, over frozen lakes. And it’s fantastic. Extreme and fantastic.

Emma
5 out of 5

I signed up for this trip expecting something challenging and exciting, this trip delivered both in huge quantities! Having been home for over 2 weeks now I still look back at my time on the Hardangervidda and wish I was back there. The remoteness is really amazing, having covered over 127km on snowshoes and crossing only one road it really starts to sink in how big this area is, at times we traversed numerous ridge lines without a hint of any form of civilisation apart from the tree branches that marked the winter trail and the occasional other outdoor enthusiasts. Exped Adventure really delivered a great experience from beginning to end, pre-expedition preparation was great even with challenging Scottish weather. The information provided and knowledge of both Jamie and Mark really helped to ensure that we were well prepared and ready for the challenge. As Tom mentioned above, we learnt lots of new skills and had some truly unique experiences. Definitely worth the 4/5 grading and an experience that should be done by anyone looking for a self supported multi-day challenge in freezing environment.

Mark Mathews
5 out of 5

Well, I can honestly say that this trip lives up to it’s description. Remote, committing, challenging, self supported….adventure. This is certainly one to tell your friends about when you return. They will probably think that you’re mad for ‘camping in the snow’ but you’ll certainly have gained an experience that they have not. If you can find suitable adjectives to describe the place that is. The photo’s do not do it justice. They don’t show the sheer scale of the place, the vastness of the white landscape. They do not play back the hiss of the drift, the crunch of the snowshoes or the hiss of the pulk along across the fresh, un-trodden snow as you leave camp in the morning. And they certainly do not portray the close bond and secure teamwork that you’ll build with persons who are, essentially, total strangers. I think that operating in this kind of environment does that to you. You’ll certainly learn plenty too. How organised you can be for one. It helps! How much stuff you can fit into a sleeping bag so that it isn’t cold and/or frozen in the morning, as well. And did you know that you can have the practicality and weight of a 2/3 person tunnel tent and simultaneously, the luxury of being able to comfortably stand up straight? I didn’t prior to this trip! There’s much more besides obviously. Is it challenging? Yes. As it says in the description, you need to be fit; and strong. No two ways about it. Walking 25km a day for several consecutive days is quite respectable as it is, before you factor in the snow, wind, temperatures etc. Though I must say that as this was my first experience with a pulk, I was pleasantly surprised. Honestly, it’s much easier than I imagined to tow and far easier than an equivalent rucksack. For the most part, you don’t really know it’s there, (especially considering what is contained within it); figuratively speaking of course. Obviously it’s the hills (up and down) when it really makes its presence felt. You are towing approx 35kg after all. You will also be exposed to a wide variety of weather. From winds that would surely demolish an average UK tent rather quickly to burning sun and most things in between. All interspersed with an almost eerie level of silence. First class organisation from the Exped Adventure team as always. Food, equipment, instruction, logistics. I doubt that you’ll be left wanting. I think it safe to say that we weren’t left wanting on our trip. If there’s anything that is troubling you then just ask. They really are very accommodating. Advice: Sign up, get as fit as you can (you will enjoy it more that way), do not cut corners on sleeping equipment and prepare for a pretty special adventure!

Tom

 

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You will get to know your guides in person on the training course. Mark is the main guide on most expeditions, but he has teamed up with a handful of other guides who form part of the Exped team. All of our guides are capable and dedicated. They have the right attitude – both towards reaching the goal and towards their expedition teams. We strive for safety and mutual support in our teams, as well as having a bit of banter. All of us love adventure, but most of all we want to pass on our knowledge, share amazing experiences, and inspire others to be ambitious.

MARK WALKER

Mark is the director of Exped Adventure and the head guide on many of our expeditions. Mark is a highly experienced Expedition Leader and Mountaineering Instructor with over 20 years of mountaineering experience. Mark grew up in the English Lake District and has been climbing, running and walking in the mountains all over the world since he was a small child. He knows the Lake District, North Wales, Scotland and the Peak District like the back of his hand.

Mark has led a variety of expeditions to the far corners of the globe. He specialises in technical mountaineering and remote trekking expeditions. Mark grew up in the English Lake District and knows the area inside out.

Mark has put up new routes in the Lake District, Scotland, and Kenya. Climbing in all disciplines remains his passion.

Mark’s Expediton experience is broad and vast, including expeditions to Ethiopia, Malawi, Morocco, Jordan, Egypt, Israel, Peru, Kenya, Tanzania, India, Nepal, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Norway, Svalbard, Russia, and more.

Marks high altitude climbing experience includes; Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya, Mount Elgon, Ama Dablam, Aconcagua, Kyajo Ri, Elbrus, Tharpa Chuli, Singu Chuli, Mont Blanc, The Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, and much more!

Mark lives in Windermere in the Lake District with his young family.

Mark is a certified ML, WML, IML and MIA.

MATT STAPLEY

Matt is an experienced outdoor instructor and has been in the industry for 12 years. He has worked with clients all over the UK, Peru, and Europe and has mountaineering experience in America, North Africa and Western and Eastern Europe. Matt’s personal interests include multi-day mountain marathons, ultra marathons and triathlons.

Matt is a certified ML, WML and MIA.

RICH MAYWHORT

Rich has 30 years experience of climbing and mountaineering, with 15 of those years as a professional Mountaineer and Climbing instructor. He has climbed and led clients extensively over the breadth of the UK and in the Alps.

With climbing and mountaineering experience over Italy, Switzerland, France, Austria, Canada, Slovenia, Greece, random islands and North Africa.

GARY FLETCHER

Gary has been working as Group Captain and Training Expedition Leader in the Royal Air Force for 25 years before taking on his current freelance work as Outdoor Instructor. He has led numerous White Water Kayaking expeditions to the French Alps and New Zealand, as well as Sea Kayaking expeditions in Scotland. He has been on expeditions to the High Atlas Mountains and Nepal, including Gokyo Ri (5357m).

 

TRACEY WRIGHT

Tracey is a highly experienced International Mountain Leader and also holds the Mountain Instructor Certificate. She has Alpine experience on touring and cross country skis, including summits of Weismeis, Pigne d’Arolla, Grand Paradiso and Mt Leone. She has lead mountaineering expeditions to Mt Kenya, including ascent of Diamond Couloir, Kilimanjaro, Bolivian 6000m peaks and Mont Blanc. She has extensive personal snow and ice mountaineering experience in New Zealand, the Alps and Scotland.
Currently, she is working as a maths teacher at an International school of Aiglon College, Chesieres, Switzerland where she assists with the Outdoor Ed programme throughout the year.

Outdoor national qualifications British Assoc of Snowsport Instructors Alpine Level 2, Cross Country Ski Leader; Mountain Instructors Certificate (winter climbing instructor); International Mountain Leader.

 

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What is included:
• Accommodation: – 1 night hostel, 1 night hotel, 5 nights in tents
• Meals – 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 evening meals
• Pulks and harnesses
• Mountain tents, stoves and pans
• Expedition food and fuel
• Medical safety equipment and supplies
• All in-country transfers, including airport transfers
• Expedition team leader
• Access to our RMS team of doctors
• Pre-expedition training course

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• Travel to and from UK airport
• International flights and taxes
• Personal equipment
• Travel insurance
• Meals in town/city, drinks, snacks and personal spending
• Use of cable car (advisable) – around 65NOK

Booking – What happens next:

• The deposit reserves you a place on the trip. It is non-refundable according to our Booking Conditions. You will receive a confirmation of booking and further details about the trip.
• We will also supply you with more information on the training weekend and a complete equipment list.
• If you require a payment plan, get in touch with us as soon as possible so we can discuss the options.
• We will need you to fill in a Client Booking form for our records, regarding any health issues, your experience, insurance and next of kin details.
• The remaining balance will be due 8 weeks prior to departure (unless you arranged a payment plan). Any cancellations at this point are subject to our Booking Conditions.

 

Bespoke option:

We can organise this expedition on a ‘tailor-made’ private basis for groups of friends, families, clubs, charities or any other group. Please contact us to discuss the itinerary and your preferred dates. We will then send you a quote, with no obligation.

 

Insurance:

You will need a travel insurance policy that caters for the activities you will undertake on your trip with Exped Adventure. It is a requirement of our booking conditions that you have such a policy. For advice on best policies get in touch.

 

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