Magazine article Geographical

Arctic Year. (Letters from High Latitudes)

Magazine article Geographical

Arctic Year. (Letters from High Latitudes)

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I have just returned to the Arctic after a busy, four-day trip to the Lake District to meet and brief a team of 24 young people. This group will be coming up here in late March to spend four months travelling and undertaking scientific research. Based at Outward Bound Ullswater, we were able to get out onto the hills between talks to practise erecting tents and using stoves in inclement weather. While, by comparison to the Arctic, Cross Fell was distinctly warm (and there was daylight), the weather was ideal. Lashing rain, gale-force winds and stinging hail made for a suitably testing day, and drove home to all the importance of working as a team. We also spoke of the qualities that made an ideal Arctic explorer -- top of the list were respect and patience. Respect takes on many forms up here. Respect for the environment, for bears, for our equipment, and, most importantly, for each other. Patience is essential, as here, life is dictated by the primal forces of nature, and we are not able to do what we want to do, when we want to do it. …

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