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    Exclamation Arctic Expedition Feb 2010

    Sign up for the bushcraft uk Arctic Expedition 2010

    Booking is now open, the way it's going to work is you need to email info@bushcraftuk.com with Bushcraft UK Arctic Expedition in the subject. You will then receive an email detailing how to pay, terms and conditions and the general information contained in this thread, make sure you read it.

    Common sense also dictates that anyone going on an Expedition should take out some insurance, it's just a few quid and protects you in case something happens with the family or yourself.




    Ok, there's been a number of you that are interested in this so we'll get your names on the list now. You can copy and paste the list and add your name as it does through the thread.

    Here's the details so far:

    INTRODUCTION:

    The Bushcraft UK, Arctic skills course is a 7 day (fully inclusive) Arctic bushcraft and survival course led by uk guides/instructors. The course is a "no frills" low cost opportunity for members of the Bushcraft UK community to experience top of the range instruction, 400km inside the Arctic Circle.

    During the course students will be expected to participate in routine tasks around the camp such as firewood collection, cooking and general camp duties. Accommodation will be in heated tents and shelters (sleeping in shelters is optional).

    COURSE DETAILS:

    Course provider: Bushcraft Expeditions.
    Minimum numbers: 16
    Minimum age: 18 (17 if accompanied by an adult)
    Date of Exped - 14th - 20th Feb 2010
    RV time 15:30hr on the 14th in Bardufoss arrivals hall
    Drop off for travel home 13:00hr on the 20th at BDU airport
    Accommodation: Tents and shelters.
    Cost: £420

    7 day itinerary. Arriving day one/departing day seven.

    Subjects covered:


    1. Outfitting for the cold environment.
    2. Dressing for the cold environment.
    3. Daily routine and considerations for working in the cold environment.
    4. Cold injuries their recognition, prevention and medical procedures in the cold environment.
    5. Cutting tools in the cold environment, their selection safe use and maintenance.
    6. Shelters. (Quincy, Arctic lean to, emergency shelters) snow holes and igloos - (conditions permitting) 7. Fire lighting and fire husbandry in the extreme cold.
    8. Improvised Snow shoe construction and snow shoeing techniques.
    9. Arctic Tracking and wild life observation.
    10. Ice Fishing.
    11. Ice crossing procedures.
    12. Trapping in the Arctic.
    13. Tent/camp routine in the extreme cold.
    14. Signalling.
    15. Water procurement, carriage and preparation for consumption in the Arctic.
    16. Field cookery in the extreme cold.

    Included in the price:

    1. Full instruction in Arctic Bushcraft and Survival from UK/English speaking Guides.
    2. All internal transfers from the designated meeting point.
    3. Heated Tentage/accommodation. (Shared)
    4. Camping fees (private land and National park)
    5. Fully trained on site medical cover.
    6. Full board. (3 meals a day plus hot drinks)
    7. Bushcraft UK Arctic Course certificate.
    8. Pre course UK briefing and kit/clothing demo.

    Not included in the cost:

    1. International flights/transport to designated meeting point.
    2. Any food and drink outside the full board status (See above)
    3. Any additional activities other than those stated.
    4. Clothing and equipment hire.


    Optional/additional activities and equipment hire available on site:


    1. Extreme cold clothing hire.
    2. Extreme cold footwear hire.
    3. Extreme cold sleeping bag + liner hire.
    4. Gortex Bivi bag hire.
    5. Dog sledging.
    6. Traditional Sauna facilities (minimum number apply/required).
    7. Traditional outdoor hot tub facilities. (minimum number apply/required)

    Here's a general kit list. The idea is that it won't cost a lot to get it together and may items you'll already have access to. There's going to be a clothing lecture given on the pre-expedition brief that will take place before the expedition, you'll be able to ask any questions there and bring along any kit that you're unsure of or want clarifying or assessed.

    Clothing you will need to bring:

    • Wind/waterproof outer jacket. (ski wear is sufficient for this)
    • Wind/waterproof outer trousers or saloppettes. (ski wear is sufficient for this)
    • Warm outdoor/work trousers (2 pairs)
    • Warm outdoor shirts (2)
    • Fleece jacket
    • Large sweater
    • Cold weather hat preferably with ear protection
    • Cold weather mitts or gloves
    • Cold weather boots or walking type boots (large enough to be able to wear two pairs of thick socks with and not be tight /restrictive)
    • Thermal underwear (1 set)
    • Thick socks, preferably wool (3 pairs minimum)
    • Synthetic thin liner socks (2 pairs)
    • 2nd lightweight wool hat or similar
    • Thin pair of work gloves
    • Scarf
    • Towel and swimming costume (for sauna if that is taken as an optional extra)
    • Slippers or trainers for indoors/tents
    • Handkerchiefs (2)
    • Long belt (Preferably leather)

    Equipment you will need to bring:

    • Large (70ltr+) rucksack capable of carrying all your equipment
    • Sleeping bag (four seasons for use in temperatures down to -10)
    • Insulated sleeping mat
    • Bivouac (Bivvi) bag
    • Head torch and spare batteries
    • Mug, knife, fork and spoon
    • Billy can (preferable) or mess tins (for cooking over open fires)
    • Small pocket knife
    • Small steel thermos type flask (optional)
    • 10 metres of strong nylon cord
    • Note book and pencil
    • Wash bag
    • Two candles (long life preferably)
    • Ski goggles or similar eye protection
    • Sun glasses

    Personal medications/Items:

    • Lip salve
    • Sun block
    • Passport
    • European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

    Cold weather clothing hire costs:

    Rental of extreme cold weather boots - £5.00 per day.

    Rental of extreme cold weather sleeping bag+Liner - £5.00 per day

    Rental of snow suit - £4.00 per day

    (All above on a 1st come basis)


    The Airport you need to fly into is Bardufoss airport. You can book all the way via www.norwegian.no or go to most airports in Scandinavia via all the big operators and then connect up to Bardufoss with Norwegian (which is a budget airline).

    Travel:

    For those confirmed on coming on the BCUK Arctic Expedition it may be worth organising yourselves into travel groups now, that way you will have the ability to group book etc and coordinate things between yourselves. A suggestion would be the following groups (You will have to decide amongst yourselves who is going to instigate/organise these groups)

    Group 1:
    Those flying to Oslo with Ryan on the Saturday, stopping in Oslo overnight and then flying onto Bardufoss on the Sunday (Returning the same route but with no overnight in Oslo) This is the suggested and probably the best travel option.

    Group 2:
    Those doing the above but not stopping in Oslo overnight it might be a good idea if this group organise a charter bus/taxi/minibus to get them from one airport to the other in Oslo as there is only 3 hours between flights and it will give you piece of mind having some one meet/drop you off - this should not be necessary on the return flight as you have 6 hours between flights this is probably the cheapest flight option.

    Group 3:
    Those getting the Norwegian flight up to Tromso and then the bus down to Bardufoss.
    Put your name in the list


    Names to go:

    Tony Bristow
    Phill Grant
    Chris the Cat
    Atross
    Gailainne
    Littlebiglane
    Stretch3144
    Korvin Karbon
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    Names to go:

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    Gailainne
    Littlebiglane
    Stretch3144
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    Can you give a firm date on this yet Tony.

    For some of us it may be the deciding factor.
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    not quite yet Wayland, we're looking at travelling info at the moment to time it with the cheapest flights, it shouldn't be long though we're in contact directly with the airlines.
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    Great,thanks Tony.
    Chris.

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    I'll take the plunge

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    would be good to go a few days earlier Via Oslo and have a day or 2 exploring Oslo before flying out.
    Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony View Post
    not quite yet Wayland, we're looking at travelling info at the moment to time it with the cheapest flights, it shouldn't be long though we're in contact directly with the airlines.
    That would be good. Not getting much change out of £600 on norwegian.dk at the moment.....
    Its time to go when its colder inside than out

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    Yeah the flights did seem a bit on the high side when I had a look.

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    just had a look on http://www.norwegian.com/en/ doesn't go to Feb but the prices don't seem too high.
    Matt

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    Guys,
    Here are some of the travel variations available that you may want to look into.

    1. Flying with www.norwegian.no (Direct) to Tromso from London Gatwick (Click on Fare calendar on bottom left of booking page to see all flights/costs or scroll down the 'deals' and click Tromso on home page)

    - and then get a bus (see: www.nor-way.no/?lang=en_GB ) to Bardufoss (Bus journey - 2hrs approx) - Flights approx £160 / Bus ??

    (Both above sites will do group bookings)

    2. Flying with www.norwegian.no to Bardufoss (Once they announce thir schedule beyond Oct) This is via Oslo (Not direct) but may only be on specific days, at the moment they do not fly that route on a Saturday. (Use Fare calendar to see all flights/costs)

    3. Flying to Oslo (and back) with Ryan Air (Multiple Daily
    flights) and then flying with www.Norwegian.no to Bardufoss (and Back) This is probably the cheapest option but does mean sitting around in various airports for a few hours between flights (Unless of course you plan on exploring Oslo as well!)

    4. Fly to Kiruna in Sweden and then get the train to Narvik and then the Bus to Bardufoss - Very scenic if you have the time and inexpensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woody View Post
    3. Flying to Oslo (and back) with Ryan Air (Multiple Daily
    flights) and then flying with www.Norwegian.no to Bardufoss (and Back) This is probably the cheapest option but does mean sitting around in various airports for a few hours between flights (Unless of course you plan on exploring Oslo as well!)
    Just tried it this was using some Hypothetical dates 7 days apart and it worked out around £140 return; RyanAir Birmingham to Oslo (£38 return), then Norwegian Oslo to Bardufoss (£100 return)
    Matt

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    They're the costs we were looking at with it being Feb, the aim has been to get whole trip less than £600 for the Expedition and the flights. We might just miss that but it will be close
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    Hi Folks....Here is some info from a colleague in Oslo....
    Norwegian fly from London to Bardufoss, but only till October. But you could get a ticket to Oslo first and then from Oslo to Bardufoss.

    Explains why the schedule dries up after October!


    On another note, if we are able to get a group flight booking this will give much leverage when it comes to baggage allowances!
    Even if the group booking is for the second leg from Oslo it might help....?

    On a third note, my contact in Oslo says that Norweigian national service is/was conducted in the area around Bardufoss, so will be perfect for a week of survival....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knobby Norway View Post
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    Names to go:

    Tony Bristow
    Phill Grant
    Chris the Cat
    Atross
    Gailainne
    Littlebiglane
    Stretch3144
    Korvin Karbon
    Jaysurfer
    Firebringer
    Johnnytheboy
    Matthew.Passmore
    Johan Hoogendijk (NL)
    Marc Smeehuijzen (NL)
    ddokkum (NL)
    littlefolker
    dardar (IRL)
    knobby norway(uk)
    Barry Smith
    Chris Hall
    johnnytheboy (john forret)
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    Names to go:

    Tony Bristow
    Phill Grant
    Chris the Cat
    Atross
    Gailainne
    Littlebiglane
    Stretch3144
    Korvin Karbon
    Jaysurfer
    Firebringer
    Johnnytheboy
    Matthew.Passmore
    Johan Hoogendijk (NL)
    Marc Smeehuijzen (NL)
    ddokkum (NL)
    littlefolker
    dardar (IRL)
    knobby norway(uk)
    Barry Smith
    Chris Hall
    johnnytheboy (john forret)
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    Names to go
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    Phill Grant
    Chris the Cat
    Atross
    Gailainne
    Littlebiglane
    Stretch3144
    Korvin Karbon
    Jaysurfer
    Firebringer
    Johnnytheboy
    Matthew.Passmore
    Johan Hoogendijk (NL)
    Marc Smeehuijzen (NL)
    ddokkum (NL)
    littlefolker
    dardar (IRL)
    knobby norway(uk)
    Barry Smith
    Chris Hall
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    Names to go
    Tony Bristow
    Phill Grant
    Chris the Cat
    Atross
    Gailainne
    Littlebiglane
    Stretch3144
    Korvin Karbon
    Jaysurfer
    Firebringer
    Johnnytheboy
    Matthew.Passmore
    Johan Hoogendijk (NL)
    Marc Smeehuijzen (NL)
    ddokkum (NL)
    littlefolker
    dardar (IRL)
    knobby norway(uk)
    Barry Smith
    Chris Hall
    johnnytheboy (john forret)
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    Wow

    Names to go
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    Phill Grant
    Chris the Cat
    Atross
    Gailainne
    Littlebiglane
    Stretch3144
    Korvin Karbon
    Jaysurfer
    Firebringer
    Johnnytheboy
    Matthew.Passmore
    Johan Hoogendijk (NL)
    Marc Smeehuijzen (NL)
    ddokkum (NL)
    littlefolker
    dardar (IRL)
    knobby norway(uk)
    Barry Smith
    Chris Hall
    johnnytheboy (john forret)
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    Bardufoss, and the place you will probably be staying is excellent, and stunning.
    One big playground. Loads to see and do and the instructors will look after you.
    Have a good one all.

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    Chris the Cat
    Atross
    Gailainne
    Littlebiglane
    Stretch3144
    Korvin Karbon
    Jaysurfer
    Firebringer
    Johnnytheboy
    Matthew.Passmore
    Johan Hoogendijk (NL)
    Marc Smeehuijzen (NL)
    ddokkum (NL)
    littlefolker
    dardar (IRL)
    knobby norway(uk)
    Barry Smith
    Chris Hall
    johnnytheboy (john forret)
    Leonidas
    Geoffrey McMullan
    Adam Logan (UK)

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