I was asked an interesting question the other day. “Why are you doing an Arctic Course and making all this gear, if you’re not intending to go to the Arctic?”
An obvious answer might just have been, “Because I want to do it” but that question spliced together a loose coalition of ideas that had been rolling about loose in the back of my mind for quite a while.
One of the best things to come out of this forum for me has been the meet ups. By attending the meets I have had opportunities to learn and hone new skills, try out different gear and make some real friends along the way.
I could of course have achieved much the same by attending courses but I am not a wealthy man and my purse would be even thinner if I had done it that way.
The Arctic in Winter presents a whole different level of challenge and for that I believe I do require some professional instruction. For me that is a substantial investment even though the Arctic Courses run through BcUK represent fantastic value. I’m certainly not making that sort of investment without good reason.
My aim in the longer term is to bring together a group of people with the necessary core skills to start running something akin to the meets in more extreme places, like Arctic Norway.
Think about it... These days, with the cost of fuel as it is, a flight to Norway is not much more expensive than driving to Scotland.
By the time we have done this course we will have made or purchased all the necessary equipment. (In fact I already have pretty well everything I really need.)
Considering the group who took the same course in 2010 and others who have acquired the same sort of skills elsewhere there is already a body of people forming on this site with the requisite knowledge and experience to make a start.
Drawing upon local knowledge from some of our international membership we may even be able to find the sorts of venues and locations we need to make this work.
So what do you think?