11 women from 10 countries in Europe and the Middle East went on a trip to the Arctic Region in the spring of 2018. It took The Women's Euro-Arabian North Pole Expedition 2018 participants seven days to pass 100 km on skis: from Barneo, a drifting ice camp, to the North Pole. Most of them were discovering the Arctic for the first time, but had dreamt about it for long enough. They have proven that any woman can achieve big goals, no matter what their experience or what other people think. We at Kasperksy Lab are proud to have been the expedition sponsors.
The participants provided detailed coverage of their experience in their blogs and in interviews; a film has been shot about the journey, and a book has been published. As for us, we’ve created a test inspired by the adventure. Answer these 7 questions about the everyday life of The Women's Euro-Arabian North Pole Expedition 2018 to reveal what you’re up against as you discover the Arctic.
To survive in the Arctic desert, one has to learn to plot routes and overcome ice ridges, to set up tents and not burn the camp down with the camping stove. Members of The Women's Euro-Arabian North Pole Expedition 2018 trained in Iceland. Why Iceland?
It became clear after Iceland: hands would be painfully freezing cold. What would you take on the expedition: mittens or gloves?
The key meals on the journey are instant cereal, pasta and soups: boil snow, pour in the food and eat. But that’s in the camp. What do you eat as a snack along the way?
The way to the North Pole starts from the Svalbard archipelago. The team gathers there to drink coffee with cinnamon rolls and take a charter flight to the Barneo ice camp. As an expedition participant, you have been asked to take a needle and a thread with you. Why?
By the way, who pulls the sledge with equipment and food?
To get to the destination point, it’s essential to stick to the chosen direction and not veer off course. How do you choose a reliable reference point?
And the last question, for experts. Who is Eric Philips?
You gave right answers out 7.
I’m a born Arctic explorer!
I’d love to show off my heroics by surviving the cold, sleeping in a tent with three other people, pulling a sledge for miles across an icy, snowy desert on top of a frozen sea and bumping into Eric Philips. Sounds like a dream journey!
I’d conquer the Arctic by helicopter, with champagne!
The North Pole is a great place, but I wouldn’t go there on skis. I’d happily support the brave people who do it, and then join them in a helicopter and treat them to some champagne. Why not? I can afford it.
I could conquer the Arctic, but I won’t!
It’s cold and snowy there. I’d rather sit at home and wait for the new season of Black Mirror. Or maybe I’ll go to Las Vegas – at least it’s warm there.