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‘Polar Training Scholarship’ for the adventuresome

‘Polar Training Scholarship’ for the adventuresome

Summary:

Are you an adventuresome who dreams of a perpetual night or ice-cold daylight, blistering winds, and the thunderous crack of a splintering iceberg? If you are crazy enough to attempt Eric Larsen’s “Polar Training Course,” wrapping everything from meal prep to navigation to proper sledding and sleeping techniques.


Are you an adventuresome who dreams of a perpetual night or ice-cold daylight, blistering winds, and the thunderous crack of a splintering iceberg? If you are crazy enough to attempt Eric Larsen’s “Polar Training Course,” wrapping everything from meal prep to navigation to proper sledding and sleeping techniques.

This is the perfect time because this month Helly Hansen and Allied Feather and Down are offering an $8,000 scholarship and gear package for Larsen’s Level 1 classes.

One applicant will also receive a travel to the Lake Winnipeg training grounds, a four-day traverse through polar conditions with Larsen himself, and all necessary gear from Helly Hansen, Stanley, MSR, and more.

Eric Larsen Polar Training Scholarship

Applications are open now. The only eligibility and requirements for entry is availability for the 10-day adventure dating between Jan. 11–22. The deadline to enter is Dec. 22.

As per the scholarship page, the lucky beneficiary will be “someone who will be positively transformed by this experience.” And although the application is short, it asks some qualitative questions to evaluate the would-be explorers.

Few questions where applicants can stand out are “What are your future expedition/adventure goals?” “Why is this experience going to change your life?” and “How do you embody or embrace a ‘Cold Culture’?”

The winner will get a chance to fly to a “remote cabin on Lake Winnipeg,” which will serve as the base for a mini-expedition. Indoor classes will be given on the first three days before a four-day traverse of the frozen lake. And the route promises below-zero temperatures and “conditions nearly identical to the poles.”

Additionally meeting a famed polar explorer and receiving a polar gear package, participants will learn key preparation and survival tactics.

Polar Training Topics

·         Polar travel philosophy

·         Fitness and training

·         Logistics

·         Navigation

·         Daily routines and travel techniques

·         Clothing

·         Equipment

·         Communications

·         Safety and first aid

·         Polar bears and wildlife

·         Electronic logistics

·         Navigation

·         Expedition nutrition and menu planning

·         Food preparation

·         Safety and first aid

·         Managing electronics

·         Crisis management

·         Fundraising

Note: Applicants must take a note that applications close on Dec. 22, therefore apply before that.


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