Two graduates of the University of Cumbria have embarked on a journey involving sub-zero temperatures and learning about polar bears.
Rhiannon Pritchard and Arran Laird, who met while studying Outdoor Leadership at the University of Cumbria in 2015, are now taking up an advanced polar training course.
The course, which began in August last year, is based in Svalbard, between mainland Norway and the North Pole.
It involves doing tough activities in subzero temperatures.
Some of the activities include:
- A nine-day glacier course at Nordenskiöldbreen
- Camping next to a glacier to practice safe travel techniques
- Crevasse rescue
- Studying glacier formation
- Helicopter rescue teamwork
Only 30 students are taken accepted onto the course, a majority of which are usually Norwegian.
Rhiannon and Arran say it was possible due to their experience at the University of Cumbria.
The group also learn about the need for polar bear protection, group management and how to manage a camp in some of the world’s most demanding environments.