We have organised the race itinerary so competitors have sufficient acclimatisation time in arctic conditions and temperatures before the race.
On arrival in Greenland, you will be shown around the base, given time to organise your equipment and settle in to camp. Later on, a relaxed introductory briefing over refreshments will give you an overview of the race and route. Next day, we will run training and practice (such as testing roping-up systems with pulks for glacier travel) and you’ll have time for your own preparations of food and equipment.
This acclimatisation time gives teams the chance to spend two nights camping and eating together, to identify any issues with equipment or systems and make adjustments if necessary. It’s also an opportunity to socialise with other racers and check out the competition! Because it is an extremely remote environment, this is also a chance to get accustomed to the landscape and the lack of human inhabitants before heading out into the frozen arctic landscapes.