Blue Ambassador, Antony Jinman will lead an intrepid team of adventurers who are to trek to the highest point of the British Empire Range to hold the most remote Diamond Jubilee tea party in the world.
The Arctic Jubilee Expedition 2012 is built from a seven man crew plan to summit the highest point of Queen Elizabeth Islands in the Arctic, just 560 miles from the North Pole, to have tea and cake whilst sending a royal greeting to the Queen – to which she has pledged to reply.
The isolated Queen Elizabeth Islands were renamed on the Queen’s coronation and Mount Barbeau has only been summited eight times.
The Anglo-Canadian team are hoping that their epic adventure through the dangers of the arctic will inspire young people throughout the world.
They and their Canadian partners will be linking live with schools in the UK and Canada throughout the trip via the extensive educational outreach programme of Education Through Expeditions.
“Through this momentous expedition we will be leaving a legacy that will impact and inspire!” says Expedition Leader Antony Jinman, ‘Explorer in Residence with Plymouth University’.
“Our interactive discussion boards will enable students from both cultures to interact and discuss questions relating to cultural identity, the Arctic environment and issues of climate change and sustainability.”
Inuit partner and team member Johnny Issaluk says: “This is an opportunity to learn about Inuit heritage and stewardship of the land. It is also an opportunity to learn about what we have and what we could lose”.
The five Plymouth-based team members will be leaving for Canada to join their Canadian colleagues on May 20th. All media is welcome at the time of departure.
For more information about the Arctic Jubilee Expedition or to follow the team live, please go to www.etelive.org/