A practical handbook for North and South Pole expeditions
A handbook about the mental and physical preparation and detailed planning required for different styles of polar exploration, to the Arctic or the Antarctic, by polar pioneer Dixie Dansercoer. Sections cover topics such as motivation, understanding the cold, what to take, camp organisation and hazards from polar bears to crossing melting ice.
SeasonsArctic: flights in/out from November to April - early winter or late spring best for daylight; Antarctic: commercial flights in/out from late October to early March.
CentresArctic: fly in from Canada or Russia to Resolute Bay Station, among others; Antarctic: fly in either from Puenta Arenas (Chile) to Patriot Hills or from Cape Town to Novolazarevskaya
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Belgian native Dixie Dansercoer was the ultimate polar explorer and outdoor enthusiast. His achievements include a high-altitude mountain-biking world record, becoming windsurfing champion of his country and completing several marathons and triathlons, but he was particularly captivated by the polar landscapes. Dixie pioneered crossings of both poles on foot and advised the European Space Agency. His renown even led to a statue in his home town of Nieuwpoort. Dixie died in 2021.View author profile
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