Explorer chosen by TV star for ‘warrior quest’

Tim Davies
Tim Davies

A budding adventurer has been chosen by one of TV’s most experienced explorers to take part in a world record breaking polar expedition.

Jim McNeill, founder of the Ice Warrior Project, has chosen Tim Davies, 23, from Balcombe, to join the first expedition in history to reach the Northern Pole of Inaccessibility.

Defined as the furthest point from land on the Arctic Ocean and therefore its centre, the Northern Pole of Inaccessibility remains the last significant place in the Polar Regions, yet to be reached by mankind and is over two hundred miles further than the geographic North Pole.

Tim said: “I’m thrilled to have been selected as part of the team. It is a fantastic opportunity to really push myself and learn a completely new set of skills.

“It’s in one of the harshest environments in the world. I’m just buzzing. I’m really excited.

“It’s new and daunting but I’m really looking forward to it because it’s a challenge and I really relish that.

“Since I’ve been 16 I’ve been interested in the outdoors and in challenging pursuits in the outdoors.”

The whole journey will be near to 800 miles from the northern shores of Canada and will take-in the North Magnetic Pole on route.

Having been selected for the Ice Warrior Quest for the Inaccessible Pole Tim is undergoing intensive training to take on at least one of the four 20-day legs, pushing the route across the Arctic Ocean by approximately 200 miles.

He said: “The first was last month when we had to go to Dartmoor and walk through the night with no food or water and do navigation through the night.

“Because it will be on ice it will be a highly unstable ground and if it moves around it’s subject to ridges and rifting when two big sheets of ice move together or one slides on top of the other you get all sorts of obstacles.”

Tim has taken on many unusual challenges in the past, including a six week trek through a desert and a two week arctic training expedition in Svlabard, an island chain in the Arctic Ocean.

He is trying to get as much experience under his belt in the hope that he can become a professional expedition leader.

“We will also have logistical problems of how to get 80 days of supplies into the arctic.”

Jim McNeill, who will lead the entire expedition, said “I’m delighted to have Tim in the expedition team and look forward to training him in every aspect which will make him a competent polar traveller.”

Along the route team members will be gathering crucial pieces of information for science, including new and vital data about how the sea ice breaks up, making the endeavour a major citizen science project.

Partners include the NASA funded National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) scientists, The Met Office, The Scott Polar Institute, The Norwegian Polar Institute and the Russian Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute.

This vital data will deliver the reality of climate change.

Tim needs to raise £20,000 in order to take part in the expedition and has asked anyone who can sponsor him, to visit his Go Fund Me page at: http://www.gofundme.com/explorertim