Since becoming an adventurer people have always come up to me and said, ‘I wish I could do what you do!'
Most people don't want to trek hundreds of miles in sub zero temperatures, but they have a desire to explore the world, to see something amazing and experience a wild and remote terrain. They share the same aim to do something different from their everyday lives. Some want to challenge themselves, visit an extreme environment and be part of a team, while others simply want a career break or to ‘get away'.
The reasons people give me are many and varied. Some say, ‘I wish I'd been to the North Pole like you'. Others pipe up, ‘I'd love to go to the South Pole', ‘I've always dreamed of seeing the Northern Lights' and ‘I'd love to see a Polar Bear in the wild'.
A lot of the people I meet know what they'd love to do but don't know how to do it.
So, twelve years ago, I set up Cold Climate Expeditions to help people achieve their dreams and to see more of the world.
My polar career has enabled me to lead and organise trips to the Arctic and Antarctic. I have taken many groups across Baffin Island in the Arctic and I love seeing people's eyes light up the very first time they see that wonderful sparkling ice! Other trips include the North and South Poles, the Northern Lights and the Inuit lifestyle experience (travel on a dog sled, see a Polar bear, build an igloo, hunting).
When I became an explorer over 25 years ago I was a complete novice and felt anxious. I was concerned about how I'd cope in the cold, whether I was physically fit enough and mentally strong to be so far out of my comfort zone. I really do know just how people might feel if they've never slept in a tent before, let alone on a bed of ice in the Arctic!
My message is: you don't have to be an experienced Arctic explorer to go on any of these expeditions. You can be a complete novice, just like I was when I started out all those years ago. If you want to stop wishing and start doing take a look at our Trips & Expeditions.