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Polar Shakedown Training (USA)

5 days with PolarExplorers   Rating: Budget

Click for Dates and Prices Day 1: Ely, Minnesota
Arrive in Ely, shuttle to our first night's lodge. Over a hearty dinner you'll have an opportunity to meet the other members of the Shakedown training and discuss the upcoming days. After dinner your PolarExplorers guide will closely review each participants clothing and equipment. 

Day 2-4: Ely, Minnesota
After breakfast we'll hit the trail! For two days and nights you'll experience what its like to survive (and thrive!) in extremely cold temperatures. On our final night we'll make our way back to our lodge for hot showers. For our trainings in January our final night includes the opportunity to ski into a hole cut into the ice. This exercise gives you critical experience in dealing with cold water submerging (an unlikely, but possible occurrence on a North Pole expedition).

Day 4: Ely, Minnesota
A late afternoon return to ci vilization will allow us to wrap up the training with individual meetings between participants and guides. Your guide will review the experience and discuss your strengths, areas for improvement and how you ca n continue your training. If you are participat ing in the USA Shakedown you will also have the chance to learn and practice the art of escaping cold water. Conditions allowing we will cut a hole in the ice of a frozen lake and demonstrate what to do if you break through or fall into open water. This i s especially useful for any participants headed to the North Pole. Hot showers, a well- deserved dinner and a comfortable night in a lodge or hotel top off this day.

Day 5: Ely, Minnesota
Before individuals depart for their respective homes, they will have an individual review with their PolarExplorers guide. Our guides will help you create a solid plan so that you arrive for your expedition as prepared as possible.
All This Included

Whether you are training for an upcoming polar expedition or simply looking to learn some new skills our Polar Shakedown Training is the best way to build your confidence and level of experience. We cover everything from polar clothing and equipment systems, to navigation, safety systems, food and menu planning, cooking, camping routines, efficiency, and travel by ski or dogsled. 

Once you arrive at the start of an expedition, there is no time to learn the essentials of surviving in the cold. Team members who attend the Shakedown trip are able to handle the stresses in a systematized manner and enjoy the expedition to the fullest. 

  • Lodging and meals as outlined in the itinerary
  • All group equipment
  • Ski system, sleeping system
  • sled, guides, permits
  • Communication & safety gear
Ely: to be determined
  • This itinerary is highly dependent on a number of factors and is subject to change.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.