Plymouth explorers celebrate Jubilee in the Arctic
- 3 June 2012
- From the section Devon
A Diamond Jubilee tea party, thought to be one of the most remote in the world, has taken place in the Arctic.
Polar Explorer Antony Jinman from Plymouth led a six-man group to the summit of Mount Barbeau.
The mountain is on the Queen Elizabeth Islands, 560 miles (901km) from the North Pole.
The group started its celebrations at 17:00 BST with tea and cake. It also flew an Explorer's Club flag and sent a message to the Queen.
The expedition was designed by Plymouth-based Education Through Expeditions which aims to inspire children through adventure and has linked with schools in the UK and Canada throughout the trip.
Mr Jinman said: "It's an expedition to celebrate the Jubilee, but also as part of the work by Education Through Expeditions to bring the arctic into the classroom for school children both here in the UK as well as in Canada."
Mr Jinman is regarded as the Explorer-in-Residence at Plymouth University, having reached the North Pole aged 29.
He said the Anglo-Canadian group decided on the challenge because it is 60 years since the Queen Elizabeth Islands were named.
Antonia Harrison, who has been involved with the team, said: "They do lots of treks and this one came about because of the Jubilee.
"They are named the Queen Elizabeth Islands and they thought it would be great to get there for the Jubilee.
"They sent a letter to the Queen saying what they were doing and the Royal House has pledged to reply."
On the daily blog , Johnny Issaluk, an Inuit member of the team, wrote on 2 June: "We skied and pulled roughly seven kilometres from base camp to advance base camp.
"Broke a couple of skies, but our ingenious styles prevailed and we've reached our destination, with crevices surrounding some areas, which made it adventurous.
"It has been a great trip, and I really look forward to what tomorrow brings."
The team, which set off on 20 May from Plymouth, had trained for the trek on Dartmoor.
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