1000 Mile have provided all competitors in the Polar Race with
their "1000 Mile Ultimate Tactel Liner" socks.
Believe it or not, the 1000 Mile sock was initially developed
as a medical aid for sufferers from poor circulation and foot
associated problems. But nowadays it's used by world class
athletes as a means of preventing blistering and controlling
As a base layer under a thicker walking sock, these unique
double layer liners provide for an ideal arctic walking
As their name suggests, Baffin Footwear Technology design
state-of-the-art, high-performance footwear for extreme
Baffin have kitted out our racers with their specially
developed boots, designed for durability, heat conservation,
and moisture management. Oh, and not forgetting comfort too!
Buffera are the makers of Buff®Wear 'multifunctional'
headwear. Manufactured from technical microfiber,
Buff®Wear is wind-resistant, breathable, and wicks
perspiration. The 'stitch-free' process makes Buff®Wear
extremely comfortable and ideal for arctic conditions.
Data Connection is one of the world's leading communications
technology companies, with a unique ability to deliver
innovative software and hardware products spanning traditional
and next generation IT networks.
Data Connection are providing IT support facilities prior to
and during the Polar Race.
Racing to the North Pole is hard, but it's no mean feat
even getting to the starting line!
First Air are one of the few airlines equipped to fly a full
contingent of contestants, organisers, and all their kit from
the metropolis of Ottawa to the small town of Resolute Bay, a
distance in itself of over 2000 miles.
First Choice Expedition Foods
First Choice Expedition Foods are the selected food supplier
for the Polar Race. They will be providing the high energy
food packs distributed to all competitors during the race.
The food is specially developed to be highly nutritious yet
light and easy to prepare. To the great delight of our racers
it's surprisingly tasty too!
Our racers will require about three times their normal calorie
intake every day, but will want to spend as little time and
energy preparing it as possible. The food packs supplied by
First Choice Expedition Foods are ideal to meet these
Fischer are providing the Nordic skis our teams will be using
to race across the Arctic ice plains.
Fischer are renowned for kitting out the fastest skiers in the
world. Although possibly not skiing quite as fast as
Fischer's top athletes, our racers will be glad to know
they've got the best that money can buy on their feet.
Hare & Hounds Hotel, Westonbirt
The Hare & Hounds Hotel in Westonbirt, near Tetbury,
Gloucestershire has been the location for several Polar Race
The staff have provided great hospitality to organisers and
racers alike. And didn't bat an eyelid when tents were erected
en-masse in their conference room!
Inukshuk Solutions provides consultancy to organisations and
offers a wide range of services, including expedition and
They are partnering with Polar Adventures to provide many of
the organisational, logistical and training functions for the
Lord Elgin Hotel, Ottawa
The Lord Elgin Hotel is an Ottawa landmark.
It is providing the last vestiges of luxury for our racers
before departing to Resolute Bay, and the first on their
To keep the Polar Race Checkpoint Team warm and cosy for long
periods of time in the bitter arctic conditions, a tent is
needed that's roomy yet stable, something built to handle
extended use in the harshest of environments. It has to be
adaptable to double as a doctor's surgery or emergency team
shelter, and so something out of the ordinary is called for.
Many thanks to our friends at Mountain Hardware for coming up
with the answer. They have offered to provide us with a tent
that fulfills all of our Checkpoint Team's conflicting needs.
Rab are the world leaders in extreme cold weather clothing,
with their logo often seen adorning the jackets of mountain
summiteers and polar explorers. So it's no surprise that Rab
were chosen as suppliers for the Polar Race.
Each racer has received an "Andes" down jacket from
Rab's Extreme range together with windcheater clothing
to help keep them warm in the -40°C Arctic conditions.
And as with all the equipment supplied to our racers, it's
theirs to keep after the Race.
P20 sun cream protected our racers (and our organisers!)
during Polar Race 2003. It will be doing the same again in
Snowsled are a leading supplier of pulks and sleds to the
Snowsled are supplying all the pulks, together with their
harnesses and bindings, which racers will be pulling over the
ice, for 400 miles, to transport their food, clothing, tents
and other equipment.
South Camp Inn, Resolute Bay
The South Camp Inn at Resolute Bay will be Polar Race HQ
during April 2005, providing accommodation to all organisers
and racers (except, of course, when they're camping out on the
As well as accommodation, the South Camp Inn provides a
communications hub from which the Polar Race organisers can
contact racers and the rest of the world, by satellite phone,
telephone and the internet.
The South Camp Inn proved to be the 'best place place in town'
for Polar Race 2003, and we're looking forward to going back
Swiss One are providing sunglasses and goggles for the teams.
Swiss One are a leading supplier to the expedition industry.
Terra Nova are one of the leading UK suppliers for outdoor
equipment, encompassing the brand names of Extremities, Wild
Country as well as Terra Nova itself.
It's tents for which we've turned to Terra Nova, as they have
a range of specially designed, high endurance, no compromise
tents that are proven in extreme polar conditions.
It is these tents that our teams will be calling
"home" for four weeks, relying on them for
protection in the harsh arctic environment.
Taunton Leisure has been specialising in outdoor products for
over 25 years. They are one of the thoroughbreds in the
outdoor equipment market.
This background together with their wide range of products is
the reason that Polar Adventures have turned to them to supply
much of the kit being used by contestants and organisers in
the Polar Race, encompassing everything from clothing to
As such, they are one of the major suppliers to the event, and
provide an invaluable partnership for which Polar Adventures
is extremely grateful.
Wedgwood have provided the 'Wedgwood Blue Ice' trophy to be
presented to the winning team. The trophy has been uniquely
designed to reflect the challenges set by the Polar Race.