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Ice Warrior and Born Free Call for Volunteers to Take Part in the Most Extensive Exploration of the Arctic Ever
4th May 2007: Jim McNeill, founder of the Ice Warrior Project, announced today a partnership with the Born Free Foundation to try and help save the polar bear from extinction.

The partnership is calling for 50 to 60 novice volunteers, from all walks of life, to undertake one of six major expeditions. These extraordinary journeys will cover over 3000 miles of the Arctic Region taking in all four North Poles, including the last significant place on Earth that remains un-reached; the Northern Pole of Inaccessibility or Arctic Pole, which Jim will be doing solo and unsupported.

“Ice Warrior takes all the fantastic facets of the golden era of exploration and brings them into the 21st century. In those days there were no polar experts and so they relied on a public call to fill their expedition team places. This gave ordinary people the chance to achieve great things and that’s exactly what we’re doing.” states Jim.

“Our exploration these days is about delivering the reality of global climate change as portrayed through the stories of these purposeful and worthwhile adventures and the science is all about gathering vital evidence of change.”

“Next year we will be conducting the most extensive human exploration ever undertaken in an effort to benchmark the condition of the region and its wildlife, for comparison in future years. One particularly emotive icon is the polar bear; a magnificent animal which I’ve encountered many, many times over the 23 years I’ve travelled the Arctic. To think that these might become endangered or even extinct over just a short period of time is shocking; that’s why it’s vital this work is carried out. It is an extraordinary animal and it deserves all the support we can give it.”

Notes to Editors:

The Northern Pole of Inaccessibility – The Arctic Pole. is defined as the furthest point from land or the very centre of the Arctic Ocean and lies 685 miles from the nearest coastline. Jim’s journey will be 735 miles from Elef Ringnes Island, Canada.
It stands as the last true world first in polar expeditioning.

About Ice Warrior Project

Ice Warrior Expeditions Ltd. is a non profit organisation conceived in 2001 by seasoned Arctic explorer Jim McNeill, which reaches out to all echelons of society and all walks of life. It is wholly supported by corporate sponsorship.

Press inquiries:

For further information on Ice Warrior go to www.ice-warrior.com, or for press enquiries and images contact: Lori McNeill lori.mcneill@ice-warrior.com +44 (0) 1344 883861

About the Born Free Foundation www.bornfree.org.uk

The Born Free Foundation is a dynamic international wildlife charity, devoted to compassionate conservation and animal welfare. Born Free takes action worldwide to protect threatened species and stop individual animal suffering. Born Free believes wildlife belongs in the wild and works to phase out zoos. We rescue animals from lives of misery in tiny cages and give them lifetime care.
Born Free protects lions, elephants, tigers, gorillas, wolves, polar bears, dolphins, marine turtles and much more in their natural habitat, working with local communities to help people and wildlife live together without conflict. Our high-profile campaigns change public attitudes, persuade decision-makers and get results. Every year, Born Free helps hundreds of thousands of animals worldwide.

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