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“The life experience and friendships I’ve come away with having participated in the DEBRA Arctic Challenge 2020 most certainly outweigh the physical, emotional and mental challenge of the event itself. And more importantly, to know our fundraising is supporting the worthiest of causes. Thank you DEBRA Ireland.”
Get ready to learn new skills and survive the extreme cold of the arctic regions while raising money for children living with the painful genetic skin condition EB (epidermolysis bullosa). It is not for the faint-hearted but the reward you’ll feel at the end of it will be worth it.
The first days are dedicated to learning the skills you need to stay alive in this harsh environment building up to the expedition when we pack our sleds and head off into the wilderness pulling sleeping equipment, food, clothing etc. We will camp overnight in sub-zero temperatures in the Lapland wilds.
Accommodation is provided in hostel style rooms. There’s no electricity but there is a fantastic traditional Finnish sauna and log fires to keep us warm. All equipment, outerwear and sleeping bags are provided. This is a team effort, so participants will be asked to pitch in and help.
- Mixed group: 24 February 2021 – 02 March 2021
- All female group: 04 March – 10 March 2021
|Day 1||Depart Dublin Airport, Dublin – Helsinki – Lapland. Arrival late evening.|
|Day 2 Morning||Cross Country Ski and boot fitting, basic skills session.|
|Afternoon||Short route on skis. Arctic survival skills training.|
|Day 3||Progression from basic skills to hill climbing and descending. *NEW FOR 2021* Night Ski Challenge (weather dependent)|
|Day 4||Advanced ski skills. Camp-craft skills training.|
|Day 5 Morning||Advanced skills with sled. Packing and prep for overnight expedition.|
|Afternoon||Arrival at campsite- dinner, erect tents, camp fire (hopefully under the Aurora).|
|Day 6 Morning||Decamp after breakfast- ski out.|
|Afternoon||Relax, optional visit to Ice Hotel.|
|Day 7||Depart for Ireland.|
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