Following on from the slightly cryptic post of a week ago, plans are well under way for a trip this winter into the North. In aid of SSAFA and RBL I'm going to be travelling from the geomagnetic north pole to the magnetic north pole on foot. This is not, to deal with an accusation levelled at me by my wife, a particularly elaborate way of committing suicide but a genuinely interesting (to me at least) way of spending six weeks in quiet reflection, and raising some serious cash for two very good causes in the meantime. This is the first time (that I can find reference to) that it's been done in winter and as resupply flights are to say the least difficult at that time of year (24 hour darkness) I'll be carrying all of my supplies with me. In addition, whilst many trips of this nature seek sponsorship and then take their costs from the sponsorship, this trip is entirely self-funded. The current estimate is that the trip will take around six weeks and follow a route similar to: 1. Fly into Thule AB (courtesy of the USAF) from Baltimore - December 2007 2. Transport to Qaanaaq (GNP c.40km from Qaanaaq) 3. Walk Qaanaaq to Smith Sound (frozen sea ice) 4. Smith Sound to Ellesmere Island 5. Ellesmere Island to Axel Heiberg Island 6. Axel Heiberg Island to Amund Ringnes Island 7. Amund Ringnes Island to Ellef Ringnes Island 8. Ellef Ringnes Island to MNP (c.30km onto sea ice) 9. MNP to Lougheed Island (across sea ice) 10. Lougheed Island to Bathurst Island 11. Bathurst Island to Resolute Bay 12. Flight out from Resolute Bay, via Ottawa to UK - January 2008 There's a justgiving page set up at the moment but I'm going to be amending it to take account of the above route (the initial plan was simply enough Resolute to MNP and back) and also to create a second JG page in support of RBL. At the moment I'm arranging corporate support from a couple of large banks, together with coming up with other scientific reasons for doing the trip. When these are in place I'll get these posted here also. http://www.justgiving.com/chasingtheaurorapartone http://www.justgiving.com/chasingtheauroraparttwo Edit:JG pages now up!