Rowing to the Pole
Row to the Pole
Scots adventurer Jock Wishart is mounting an expedition to the Magnetic North Pole (as certified in 1996) to highlight the already dramatic effect of climate change on the ice around the Polar Regions.
The expedition, which will take place next August and will be documented by a film crew, has never been undertaken before and is only possible now due to the increase in seasonal ice melt of the Arctic landscape.
Timing is key to the expedition's success, as the final section of the journey is navigable for only a few weeks of the year before the area refreezes.
The team will set off from Resolute Bay in Canada in the "ice boat" before rowing across the Arctic to the magnetic North Pole in some of the harshest conditions on Earth.
Known as the Old Pulteney, the boat was put to the test during its unveiling at the outdoor ice rink at the Natural History Museum in London yesterday.
The Row To The Pole challenge, sponsored by Wick malt whisky Old Pulteney, will be the first polar expedition to involve rowing since Ernest Shackleton and his men took to their boats to save their lives during the legendary Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition in 1916.
Luckily the rowing boat has skids underneath so it can be dragged on the ice if it unexpectedly hasn't all melted next summer.