“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” § Patañjali

This journal chronicles Elham's attempt to realise self-discovery and push internal and external boundaries.

Learning from Mother Nature

Learning from Mother Nature

The sponsor meetings and media commitments in Dubai kept me so occupied, I didn’t even think about the importance of the upcoming week. It was my last exposure to subzero training ahead of the expedition. While I sat in front of a CNN crew shooting an interview at Almaz in Harvey Nichols, I looked down at my phone to read my trainers’ messages as they raided my house in London to pack my bags for the trip. Where are your plunge mitts? Do you need your RAB down coat? Fleece? Carabiners…

Polar shakedown (30 Jan–3 Feb 2010)

Polar shakedown (30 Jan–3 Feb 2010)

Five days of Polar Shakedown. I had thought about it many times, but never really paused long enough to think about what I actually might face there. It probably was for the best though, as with little expectation, I could only be surprised and excited but, more importantly, experience rather than think.

About this journal

This is Elham Al-Qasimi’s journal, kept as she prepares for her North Pole expedition. Keep track of both her preparation as well as her progress during the expedition here.

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Elham’s daily schedule

Before she sets out on her expedition, Elham has a very busy schedule to follow. Follow a date link to read what she’ll be doing on that day.

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