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Adventure hosted by Rick

5 daysHosted in English
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Strenuous activity level
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Up to 10 people
Includes food and equipment

What you'll do

Whether you are training for an upcoming polar expedition or simply looking to learn some new skills our Polar Expedition Training is the best way to build your cold weather confidence and back country winter camping skills. We cover everything from polar clothing and equipment systems, to navigation, safety systems, food / menu planning, cooking, camping routines, efficiency, and travel by ski and sled. Our days will be filled cross country skiing towing individual sleds packed with our supplies. Evenings will be spent around a campfire, eating hearty meals and sharing stories from our polar expeditions and those of the early explorers (Shackleton, Amundsen, Scott, Peary...) During each day we make time for formal and informal classes and plenty of time to enjoy our surroundings. The beautiful lakes and woods of northern Minnesota are the perfect back drop for this adventure. Under the leadership of world class polar guides you'll acquire new skills, develop critical judgement and have a great time. Bring your sense of adventure and all the kit on our required clothing and equipment checklist because it can get downright COLD (think well below zero degrees Fahrenheit). Come ready for a challenge and excited to learn and you'll leave with new skills, new friends and memories that will last a lifetime.
Whether you are training for an upcoming polar expedition or simply looking to learn some new skills our Polar Expedition Training is the best way to build your cold weather confidence and back country winter camping skills. We cover everything from polar clothing and equipment systems, to navigation, safety systems, food / menu planning, cooking, camping routines, efficiency, and travel by ski and sled. Our days will be filled cross country skii…

What's included

  • Accommodation
  • Food
    Other
  • Equipment
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Your itinerary

  • Day 1
    Meet in Ely, MN - Welcome & gear check
    We'll meet in Ely, MN (USA). Review the schedule and check your kit
  • Day 2
    Skiing and camping out
    We will spend the day skiing w/ sleds and the night camping on frozen lakes
  • Day 3
    Second say skiing and camping
    Another day to master your cold weather camping skills
  • Day 4
    Ski back to our base - Icy plunge!
    Ski back to our base & learn how to escape a fall into icy water. Showers!
  • Day 5
    Breakfast and goodbyes
    We officially end after breakfast. Shop in town for cold weather kit.

Meet your host, Rick

Host on Airbnb since 2018
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For over 25 years PolarExplorers has been organizing and guiding polar expeditions. Our first Polar Shakedown Training was way back in 1992. Since then our training has been tweaked to pack in as much polar knowledge and practice time as possible. Our goal is to give you a safe, successful and transformative experience with lots of personal attention and fun along the way. Our guides are highly experienced and personable and just the right people to make this goal a reality. Do you want to learn what it takes to takes to participate in a polar expedition? Join us and find out!
For over 25 years PolarExplorers has been organizing and guiding polar expeditions. Our first Polar Shakedown Training was way back in 1992. Since then our training has been tweaked to pack in as much polar knowledge and practice time as possible. Our goal is to give you a safe, successful and transformative experience with lots of personal attention and fun along the way. Our guides are highly experienced and personable and just the right people to make this goal a reality. Do you want to lea…
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Where you'll be

We will meet at Timber Trails Lodge. From there we will explore the beautiful snow-covered wilderness that is so unique to this area.

Activity advisory

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Please note outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 15 and up can attend.

What to bring

Base / Inner Layers  1 wool or synthetic light weight layer top & bottom  1 wool or synthetic mid weight layer top & bottom Mid Layers  1 Insulated fleece or puff ball style jacket & pants Outer Layer  1 breathable wind anorak (North Pole team members