Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Keep getting out of the tent...

I'm currently sat in the garage waiting for a repair on my car which has failed its MOT. Amongst other things I'm doing is looking at videos from the training expedition which the participants in the Women's Euro-Arabian North Pole Expedition are currently undertaking in Iceland. I know quite a few people who are in Iceland at the moment, and the weather has been a bit gnarly for them.
I'm putting together some ideas for a teacher resource pack which will go on the website in advance of the expedition in April 2018.
Here's a taster of the expedition planning so far...


The last time I worked with Felicity, the result was the Pole of Cold teaching resource, which won an SAGT award.
Here's Felicity doing a talk on her solo skiing trip across Antarctica, if you want to hear of a previous expedition:

CIW: Explorers: Felicity Aston from Chicago Ideas on Vimeo.

I wonder how much longer expeditions like this will be possible, given the shrinking extent of the sea ice.
I've also been finding out about Barneo. This is a seasonal fly-in base camp operated by the Russians, which is going to facilitate the team's plan to ski the final degree to the North Pole.

More to come on this as the resource develops...

Monday, February 12, 2018

Beermeet at the GA Conference

One of the elements of the GA Conference for the last 8 years or so has been the Beermeet.
This has grown in size over the years, and we even managed to 'drink the pub dry' a few years ago in Guildford. This follows on from the Teachmeet now that has been added to the programme, and this year's venue has been revealed. I know it well, having stopped off there quite a few times over the years.

The Sheffield Tap is an excellent bar, which is located in the Railway Station in three splendid large rooms. The range of beers is superb, and there is a micro-brewery there too.

Click the link, or scan the QR code to find out more from the Facebook page, and please let us know that you're coming, or planning to come... and feel free to buy me a pint...