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17th June 2017

SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE AWARD

The 2006 Spirit of Adventure Award, of £2000, was won by the a team of four women calling themselves The Arctic Foxes. They were well organised, well motivated and well prepared. They needed all these attributes to survive the bruising challenge that they have set themselves. They intended to be the first British all-female team to cross the hostile Greenland Ice Cap both ways and to do it in record time - i.e. less than 6 days and 23 hours. They planned to be assisted in their objective by using high performance tractor kites, pulling them on skis at speeds of up to 35 km/hr. The ice-cap is a hostile terrain, ravaged by Arctic winds. It is a place where temperatures fall as low as minus 40°C.

In the event, they completed their challenge but were hampered by unseasonal lack of wind - a fact that prevented from assisting their progress by making any significant use of their kites.

They returned triumphant and presented the Society with a CD containing numerous superb colour images of their quest. Jo Vellino attended the 2006 Annual Dinner to officially receive their cheque. In fact, it had been presented weeks earlier as they had departed for Greenland in May and had actually returned by the Dinner. Their journey took them from Kangerlussuaq in the west to Ammasilik in the east and then to return - a formidable distance of 1300 km.

Jenny Pugh delivered an account of their expedition to the Annual General Meeting of the Society in May 2007. Her performance was so well received that she was invited back to be the Guest Speaker at the Society's Autumn Event that same year.

Learn more at: <http://www.arcticfoxes.co.uk>