TWO Tarporley High School students are planning to swap their Cheshire summer for five weeks in the cold.
Year 11 students Edward Chynoweth and Jacob McClellan have been selected for an expedition to Arctic Svalbard, 600 miles from the North Pole.
The duo were inspired to apply for the challenge by maths teacher Colin Price, who has been involved with organisers BSES (British Schools Exploring Society) for a number of years.
Following interviews with representatives from BSES both were accepted.
Fifteen-year-old Edward said: “Both Jake and I enjoy climbing and mountaineering which is great training for this expedition. We are also going to start going hiking with heavy packs every other weekend which will also be training us for the Cheshire hike which we expect to do well in.”
The duo have planned fundraising activities to raise the £3,500 required to take part.
“We are asking people to look out for the BSES T-shirts at local supermarkets and around Chester and if any local company is interested in sponsoring us, we would love to hear from them,” added Edward.
During the expedition, Edward and Jacob will live under canvas and face mental and physical challenges including mountaineering, trekking and cross-country skiing. They will also carry out valuable environmental fieldwork for the benefit of the Norweigian government and the Royal Geographical Society.
To support Ed and Jacob on their expedition, e-mail Ed via firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01829 752279.