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Spitsbergen Retraced Arctic Expedition

5 students head to the Arctic to follow in the sledge-tracks of Oxford's 1923 expedition to Svalbard

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This project received pledges on Mon 30 May 2016
4 years, 7 months ago

Hi All,

As most of you will have heard, we returned safely from a successful expedition to Svalbard.

Despite some rather questionable weather we have had a fantastic thirty days following in the footsteps of the 1923 expedition. As well as successfully retracing their route traversing the ice cap we secured repeats of over twenty original photographs. 

Particular highlights from the history included discovering remains of the 1923 'Carpet camp' and a note signed and cached on Mt Chernishev by the original team to which we have added our own.

The expedition also proved fruitful on a scientific front. We conducted DNA sampling of a number of vascular plants and drone-mapped several transects on the Bear Bay Glacier. 

Lastly, the team enjoyed several good days of mountaineering. Notably, we made a first ascent of the west ridge of Newtontoppen and a second ascent of Irvinefjellet via the ridge first climbed by Noel Odell and Sandy Irvine (which we have christened the '1923 Route'). 

Needless to say, this expedition could not have taken place without your support and we remain hugely grateful for your kindness and generosity.

Please take a look at our photo album from the trip which can be found here. We hope you enjoy looking through them!

With very best wishes,

The 2016 Team

4 years, 11 months ago

Hi everyone!

We have now raised enough money for the expedition to go ahead! Thanks so so much to everyone who has kindly given their support. We now have a month and a half to finalise logistics, science and food before we depart for the Arctic on the 25th July. Not to mention all tyre dragging we will be doing to train our legs for hauling heavy sledges across the ice cap! 

Now that the crowdfunding has finished, we will be getting in touch with you to discuss rewards. Some will be delivered upon our return in September and some before we go. We are looking forward to getting in touch with you about these. 

Best wishes,

The Spitsbergen Retraced team 

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Your name credited in the film and on the supporters page of our website

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The above, and a handwritten thank you from the team featuring a photograph from our training expedition to Norway.

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The above, and an invitation to the post-expedition drinks reception and expedition presentation evening, held at The Queen’s College on 12th November 2016

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The above, and a framed print of a photograph from the Arctic

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The above and a personal thank you call and expedition update from the Arctic via satellite link. We will be in touch with you to confirm details.

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The above, and an large framed print featuring our best repeat photograph from the Arctic showing the change that has happened over the past 93 years. We will be in touch with you to confirm details.

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The above, and one ticket to the ‘Arctic Dinner’, which will be held at Merton College, Oxford on the 18th June 2016. See main text for more information. We will be in touch with you to confirm details.

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