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Ice Warrior Project

Founded by Jim McNeill, Ice Warrior trains ordinary people from all walks of life to become competent, safe modern-day explorers, undertaking ground breaking, purposeful and worthwhile expeditions.


Our quest is to help scientists gauge the pulse of the planet by developing people, discovering change and delivering the stories to global audiences in a way we can all understand, fostering a much better understanding of the world we live in - ultimately helping us to survive.

Since 2001, Ice Warrior has trained over 380 people, undertaken seven flagship expeditions and contributed to our knowledge of weather, species, pollution, human physiology and psychology and sea ice.

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The Ice Warrior Philosophy

Ice Warrior is all about modern-day exploration using ordinary, everyday people to achieve extraordinary expeditionary feats.

Our ethos harks back to the days when polar expeditions were not only pushing the boundaries of human endurance and extending the levels of the human spirit but purposeful explorations of the coldest and most remote regions of our planet.

In this modern age, our discoveries are more about climate change, changes to flora, fauna and topography and as we come across these experiences we deliver them into the many homes, schools and businesses that follow us.

These are truly life-changing experiences and demonstrate that with the right attitude, preparation and training, ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things.

Inevitably, in developing people for these operations, we stand as role models for successful businesses, taking the lessons we learn about leadership and team performance into the corporate boardroom. 

All these things we do with the crucial support of our sponsors who fund the operations and our friends and families who put up with our absences.

I do hope you enjoy perusing our website, to follow our exploits.

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes

"  During my first conversation with Jim, last century, I was impressed by his quiet confidence and solid enthusiasm. Since them I have come to learn the determination, dexterity, skills and knowledge of Jim and the crew behind the project and am delighted to be associated with them. Ice Warrior has all the potential of a truly great British First. Slightly mad and eccentric in conception, thorough and precise in planning and likely to prove ingenious and resolved in execution. "

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Sir Chris Bonington

"  We all think that the world has been “discovered” and there are few areas that mankind has not reached. This is not so and project’s like Jim McNeill’s Ice Warrior Project serve to explore these extremes and push back the boundaries of our knowledge as well as the limits of those who take part. As an expeditioner myself I am delighted to encourage and support such worthwhile endeavour, undertaken not by experts but by trained amateurs under the careful leadership of Jim. I wish them the very best of luck. "

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Hon Alexandra Shackleton - Granddaughter of Sir Ernest Shackleton

"  The terrain is exceptionally hostile and dangerous; but I am confident that Jim and his team will be successful not only in reaching the elusive pole; but in conducting an environmentally vital transect of the Arctic Ocean; for as Ernest Shackleton said “difficulties are just things to overcome. "

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Michael Palin

"  Learning to travel the hard way is not only the best way, but it’s also the most memorable. I greatly admire all of you for having a go - believe me you won’t forget the experience. Good luck. "

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Lord Robert Winston

"  What Jim McNeill and his team are doing is pioneering of the most advanced kind. Just as Cancer Research UK is genuinely pioneering new ways to treat cancer; what he is planning pushes man beyond the boundaries and will take him to the most inaccessible places on Earth. "

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Sir Matthew Pincent

"  To Jim and all the Ice Warrior Team. I know how hard training can be, but push on, you will find it is worth it! "

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Richard E Grant

"  Wishing Jim and his intrepid team all the very best of British in their quest to reach The Last Pole! "



Ice Warrior Expedition BASECAMP, Tavistock Road, Princetown,

Devon PL20 6QE

​​Tel: 01822 890338

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