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This is an introductory adventure aimed at developing your polar survival skills. You’ll learn how to master kite travel, polar adventuring (north and south) and kite traction on any ice cap in the world.

Quick Facts


7 Days


Taking applications for a scheduled August 2019 expedition


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Our polar simulation training will take place in the breathtaking and challenging Southern Alps of New Zealand.

During the course, you’ll cover a range of polar survival essentials, including:

  • Snow camping
  • Storm survival
  • Polar nutrition
  • Polar navigation
  • Polar travel (man-hauling and kite skiing or boarding)
  • Kite-assisted sled hauling
  • Communications
  • Thermal injury prevention and treatment
  • Clothing systems
  • Traditional survival techniques

Your instructors for this course will be experienced and inspiring adventurers, Geoff Wilson and Simon Goodburn.

This is a region Geoff knows extremely well as he trained here for his world-record breaking Antarctic continental crossing. Geoff is one of the world’s most experienced adventurers. In fact, he’s travelled more distance by kite than any other Australian. His passion for adventure and easy-going tuition style makes him the perfect teacher, no matter what level you’re at.

Simon is Geoff’s expedition partner in polar environments and together, they set the world record for the fastest South to North crossing of Greenland in 2017. He is a technical expert in polar survival as well as a kite instructor and snow-kiting specialist. Simon’s safe, systematic approach to training will equip you with the skills to thrive in this environment.

Itinerary is weather-dependent. On windy days, you’ll focus on kite skill development and travel. On clear days with light wind, you’ll focus on navigational exercises, camp maintenance and survival skills.

An ability to ski or snowboard is an advantage, but it is not essential. The coaching will be done using a buddy system, so you’ll be paired with someone who has a similar skill proficiency to you.

A strong base level of fitness is crucial to the success of any expedition. If you are feeling unfit, contact the 5th Element Expeditions team for some tips and training routines to prepare for this course.

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