The Nordkapp 2004 Project:
The Aims: to travel through Europe's last great
wilderness to its northern-most point
- For two female adventurers from different disciplines to
travel through 650 kilometres of the wildest terrain of Norway’s
Northern Arctic, their destination Europe’s most northerly point – the
This route has only ever been travelled once before.
- To share the experience with audiences in the UK and elsewhere, by
radio, website, and TV documentary.
- To raise money for / awareness of The Nelson Mandela Children's
The planned route will take the Nordkapp team over mountains up to 1500
metres high – not quite the height of Everest but high enough when running
up the mountainside in deep snow next to the dogs. It will skirt vast lake
regions, and pass through the home of the Sami, the Arctic’s indigenous
reindeer herders. Passing herds of over 10,000 reindeer will require a
firm hold on the dogs.
On reaching the Nordkapp the team will take
the coastal steamer back to the start, past Norway’s fjords and fishing
The Physical Challenges:
- Meticulous planning: The team will have only one re-supply
during the course of the expedition, requiring careful planning and
- Physical injury: Although not life-threatening, there are
dangers of physical injury to both people and dogs, from both cold and
travel. The remote locations make evacuation difficult and
- Acute cold: The team can expect temperatures to be
consistently well below zero, with frostbite and hypothermia always a
danger, especially in strong winds.
- Emotional challenge: Equally challenging will be the mental
difficulties of working together in tough conditions, under pressure to
cover long distances each day. And no matter how low the team members
feel, the welfare of the dogs must always come first. Rona and Cathy
both have experience of emotional breakdown among team members on
adventure challenges, and are well aware of the pressure they will be
under on this project.
The Technical Challenges:
- To produce a website while 'on the trot' on the expedition.
This will require super-lightweight equipment in the form of a mobile
satellite telephone, a PDA, and a digital camera. Keeping the equipment
powered and functioning in the bitterly cold conditions, while
constantly on the move, will be a tough challenge.
- To produce a documentary of the expedition. Even more than
the communications, this will take delicate equipment, a lot of power
and plenty of patience.
The photographs are taken on a Sony DSC-P31digital
camera, and transferred onto an HP iPAQ, where they are resized in iPAQ
Pocket Artist Image Editing Software. The reports are written on the iPAQ
in Word. Text and pictures are then moved into the Contact 2.0 expedition
software, from where they are uploaded to the website, by using an
Iridium Motorola 9505 Satellite Phone.
The power comes from Energizer Lithium AA
batteries, put together to form a 12V battery pack.
PS Cathy is the one who thinks this kit is cute. Rona thinks it
is incomprehensible. Per-Thore just rolls his eyes and goes back to his