THE MITCHEMP TRUST
WHAT WE DO
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
LeadershipThe Mitchemp Trust will provide experienced guides with a wealth of knowledge who make every effort to ensure that the expedition is as successful and enjoyable as possible. Our guides have the right temperament to lead an expedition comprised of individuals with limited experience and high expectations.
ClothingIn order to have the most practical and effective clothing it is essential to build a layering system. This will include a totally windproof outer layer, warm mid layers and a breathable base layer. This is the most adaptable and comfortable combination.
FoodThis is key to the morale of the expedition. Every effort is made to provide a balanced and varied diet whilst maintaining the required calorie intake. Bags of day food will ensure levels of energy are maintained and soups and beverages will provide a higher than normal daily intake of fluids. Cooking is a shared responsibility within each tent using MSR expedition stoves.
EquipmentThe expedition requires a vast array of specialist equipment which has been tested and selected because we believe these items to be the correct choice for polar travel. All specialist equipment is provided.
NavigationThe team will have a set of detailed charts and will use traditional map reading skills where land features are visible. Confirmation of route and position will be given by GPS(Global Positioning System). These handheld units ensure we are able to continue making progress in restricted visibility.
CommunicationsThe expedition will use a 'Spillsbury' radio which is widely recognized as a reliable and effective set and matches the radios found in the emergency shelters along the route. This will be backed up by using an 'Iridium' satellite phone.
MedicalA comprehensive medical kit together with an emergency dental kit is carried on expeditions. All guides are first aid trained and will deal with minor accidents and illnesses on route.
PhotographyAn expedition photographer will accompany the team, but individuals are encouraged to make their own record of the journey. The unique light and freezing temperatures provide a challenge to both stills and video photography. NB: Due to the intense cold, batteries only last for a limited time.
Polar BearsPolar bears should not be a problem as they stay out on the pack ice away from the Inuit hunters, and any females that gave birth to cubs in the pass will have migrated to the northern pack ice in search of food. The expedition will carry bear deterrents.
FitnessA good standard of fitness and health will be required by anyone wishing to take part in an Arctic expedition. Experience shows it is important not to peak prior to the expedition. Personal fitness training will be the responsibility of the individual but we are happy to offer advice.
Pre-expedition trainingPrior to the expedition there will be several training and briefing sessions. These are a vital part of expedition preparation as it allows team members the chance to meet each other as well as familiarise themselves with equipment prior to using it in freezing temperatures. These sessions will also give you the chance to ask questions regarding fitness training and clothing.
If you have any further questions please contact Mark Davey