AN ARCTIC ADVENTURE


1.4 MILLION YEARS IN THE MAKING






  • ACCOMMODATION

    4 nights hotel accommodation plus all tents and communal camping gear for our 4 wilderness camp nights.


    MEALS

    Substantial meal provision, including several breakfasts, dinners and on-course Pit Stop support while you’re out on the trail.


    GUIDES / GEAR

    Professional local ski and snowmobile guides supporting you all the way with sledges provided at no charge. Other specialist equipment rentals such as skis and sleeping bags available (extra charges apply).


  • TRACKING

    Live satellite tracking and hi-tech navigational aids provided including handheld satellite and GPS watch tech.


    LOGISTICS

    Round-trip transportation from Montreal airport and all in-trip transfers from and back to Montreal, overnight bag transfers and in-event bike transfers plus all applicable park fees and permits.


  • MERCH

    A huge gong! High quality medal and t-shirt for all participants.


    SAFETY

    Medical services provided by professional qualified wilderness medics with full evacuation planning and medical support throughout.


Sitting in the vast Arctic Tundra of north-eastern Quebec lies a remarkable sight – an almost perfectly spherical asteroid crater filled with crystal clear deep-blue water, frozen over in winter with a motionless layer of smooth ice. Standing on the crater’s rim, you are surrounded by an almost endless horizon of white meeting a deep blue northern sky in this barren, treeless and haunting environment. The crater is an astonishing feature known to the local Inuit as Pingualuit – ‘the pimple.’ Our journey to the Asteroid will start out over the lunar-like landscape to reach our objective while carrying all of our gear with us and pulling sledges on this most other-worldly of adventures…

The Pingualuit Crater is 1.4 million years old yet was almost unheard of outside of the Inuit until the 20th century. It is thought to be one of the youngest and best-preserved meteorite craters on Earth and its lake contains some of the purest water in existence, as it has no outflow and is fed only by rainwater.

This is a harsh and barren landscape, lying some 220 miles above the boreal tree line in the permafrost zone of the Arctic Circle. Home to the Kangiqsujuak Inuit, who still practice their traditional hunting and fishing skills in this wild and hostile landscape, you will learn both of their own culture and of the haunting beauty of this vast and empty land. Arctic Asteroid is a true adventure – where you will need to rely on your own preparedness and you will dig deep into your own mental and physical mettle to see you through. This is a land that is unforgiving, where weather can turn quickly and where temperatures in the winter can plunge to levels almost unimaginable elsewhere on Earth. Be ready for the journey of your life as you go to a place incredibly few people on this planet have set foot, to see a sight so serene and ethereal, it will take your breath away.





APRIL, 3-9 / 2023


$5000 PLUS TAX AND FEES





Arctic, Quebec

9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS






START:

Montreal



END:

Montreal





STATS:


100 MILES X-COUNTRY SKIING

Dragging pulks.


DIFFICULTY:




LOCATION


ENDURANCE


AN ARCTIC ADVENTURE


1.4 MILLION YEARS IN THE MAKING







APRIL, 3-9 / 2023


$5000 PLUS TAX AND FEES




ARCTIC QUEBEC


9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS




START


MONTREAL


END


MONTREAL

ACCOMMODATION

4 nights hotel accommodation plus all tents and communal camping gear for our 4 wilderness camp nights.


MEALS

Substantial meal provision, including several breakfasts, dinners and on-course Pit Stop support while you’re out on the trail.


GUIDES / GEAR

Professional local ski and snowmobile guides supporting you all the way with sledges provided at no charge. Other specialist equipment rentals such as skis and sleeping bags available (extra charges apply).


TRACKING

Live satellite tracking and hi-tech navigational aids provided including handheld satellite and GPS watch tech.


LOGISTICS

Round-trip transportation from Montreal airport and all in-trip transfers from and back to Montreal, overnight bag transfers and in-event bike transfers plus all applicable park fees and permits.


MERCH

A huge gong! High quality medal and t-shirt for all participants.


SAFETY

Medical services provided by professional qualified wilderness medics with full evacuation planning and medical support throughout.


Sitting in the vast Arctic Tundra of north-eastern Quebec lies a remarkable sight – an almost perfectly spherical asteroid crater filled with crystal clear deep-blue water, frozen over in winter with a motionless layer of smooth ice. Standing on the crater’s rim, you are surrounded by an almost endless horizon of white meeting a deep blue northern sky in this barren, treeless and haunting environment. The crater is an astonishing feature known to the local Inuit as Pingualuit – ‘the pimple.’ Our journey to the Asteroid will start out over the lunar-like landscape to reach our objective while carrying all of our gear with us and pulling sledges on this most other-worldly of adventures…


The Pingualuit Crater is 1.4 million years old yet was almost unheard of outside of the Inuit until the 20th century. It is thought to be one of the youngest and best-preserved meteorite craters on Earth and its lake contains some of the purest water in existence, as it has no outflow and is fed only by rainwater.

This is a harsh and barren landscape, lying some 220 miles above the boreal tree line in the permafrost zone of the Arctic Circle. Home to the Kangiqsujuak Inuit, who still practice their traditional hunting and fishing skills in this wild and hostile landscape, you will learn both of their own culture and of the haunting beauty of this vast and empty land. Arctic Asteroid is a true adventure – where you will need to rely on your own preparedness and you will dig deep into your own mental and physical mettle to see you through. This is a land that is unforgiving, where weather can turn quickly and where temperatures in the winter can plunge to levels almost unimaginable elsewhere on Earth. Be ready for the journey of your life as you go to a place incredibly few people on this planet have set foot, to see a sight so serene and ethereal, it will take your breath away.

STATS:


100 MILES X-COUNTRY SKIING




Dragging pulks.


DIFFICULTY:




  • LOCATION



  • ENDURANCE

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:


See Earth’s most perfectly-formed asteroid crater from atop its perfectly spherical rim


Witness a true Arctic wilderness that very few venture into


Experience the unique Inuit culture and legend of this most wild place


The very best local guides, medical services and safety staff looking after you throughout

Full supply of all specialized equipment – including sledges (pulks), Arctic-grade tents, communal cooking assets and winter safety gear

All-inclusive accommodation nights and meals provided within the package, and round-trip transportation – including regional flights – from Montreal

Full gear rental services available for those who wish to rent skis, snowshoes, cold-weather insulation clothing, Arctic sleeping bags and other cold-weather gear


FULL DETAILS ON INCLUSIONS:

4 nights cozy hotel, 4 nights wilderness camping with tents provided.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION DETAILS.

We will provide all breakfasts, 5 dinners, plus a minimum of 2 x daily Pit Stop support stations with loads of snacks and drinks, plus ‘Pit Stop picnic’ lunch items while out on the route. Pitstops are positioned approximately every 6 miles along the route. You will provide your own expedition meals for the wilderness camps – but we can advise on these and we can provide you with a full pack of these (with extensive menu choices) as an optional upgrade for those who wish. We will augment these with some interesting and hearty local foods too while we are out on the trail.

Fully supported format with all in-event logistics taken care of, sledge rentals, snowmobile support vehicles, safety staffing, trail guides and professional wilderness medical support throughout all days of the challenge.

All challenge transfers provided from the minute you arrive at Montreal airport to the minute you you get back there.

Rat Race will provide: Sledges, Arctic-rated tents, communal camping gear, personal locator beacons and satellite safety messaging devices, high-tech satellite and GPS navigational aids including satellite tracking hardware (that your supporters may follow when you’re in the field). All other equipment will be provided by the participant. You will need to prepare for serious backcountry ski trekking, pulling a sledge; so you will need skis, poles and boots (although these can be rented). You will of course also need to bring warm outer garments, plus clothing suitable for the Arctic environment. You will also need a sleeping bag comfort rated to -15 F and a sleeping mat or inflatable Thermarest. We can provide rental sleeping bags for those who wish. A full gear list will be provided in due course.

Professional and local safety staff, trail guides, snowmobile support, professionally qualified wilderness medic, route safety staff and Rat Race experts on hand throughout.


STYLE OF TRIP: CLASSIC JOURNEY


You will be able to travel at your own pace and our guides and safety staff will support you at set pit stop, on their skis and on snowmobiles. We will encourage you to ‘buddy up’ with other participants – not least because it’s more fun this way. But it is also useful for safety purposes.


Rat Race classify and grade our trips in terms of difficulty and epic-ness and also in the style of trip undertaken. This trip has been designated as ‘Classic Journey.

To see how we categorize our trips and what the classifications all mean, click here to find out.






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This wild and hostile landscape is home to the Kangiqsujuak Inuit.

You will learn both of their own culture and of the haunting beauty of this vast and empty land in this true adventure.

This wild and hostile landscape is home to the Kangiqsujuak Inuit.

You will learn both of their own culture and of the haunting beauty of this vast and empty land in this true adventure.





ITINERARY:


ITINERARY:


The following schedule outlines our proposed itinerary and the disciplines and approximate mileages, too. Please note at this stage, the plan is approximate. Distances, daily stages and in-trip logistics may change between now and departure and even during the trip, such is the nature of this major adventure undertaking.


TOTAL DISTANCE: 100 MILES

DAY ONE: MEET AT MONTREAL AIRPORT, QUEBEC


After meeting at the airport, we will head for your flight up to Kangiqsujuaq in far north-eastern Quebec and the adventure begins! Marvel at the vastness of the Arctic tundra as you fly over it….for quite a long time! We will change planes, most likely in Kuujjuaq. We will then re-board another regional flight and eventually arrive in the small Inuit settlement of Kangiqsujuaq, where we will meet our local team members. Your luggage will be taken and we will all settle into our accommodation, which is the comfortable co-operative hotel in the village.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel
MEALS: Dinner


DAY TWO: REGISTRATION, SAFETY BRIEFINGS AND PREP TIME


We will carry out some registration activities and issue various materials to you including safety aids and satellite navigational devices. There will be some safety briefings carried out too by our crew to ensure everyone knows what to expect once we hit the trail. Once all activities are complete, you will be free to enjoy the local vibes and experience some genuine Inuit culture.


ACCOMMODATION: Hotel
MEALS: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


DAY THREE: ARCTIC ASTEROID BEGINS


We will depart early and get on the trail, allowing you to bed into your gear, get used to your sledges and settle into a comfortable pace. Today we are headed for Qulusutallik camp via Wakeham Bay. Depending on how long the stage takes you, you may well be able to enjoy some fun local activities upon arrival at camp – such as ice-fishing and kite-skiing. Approx distance: 19 miles


TOTAL DISTANCE FOR THE DAY: APPROX. 19 MILES

ACCOMMODATION: Wilderness Camp
MEALS: Breakfast, Rat Race Pit Stop service on the trail, expedition ration packs for dinner.


DAY FOUR: ONWARDS INTO THE TUNDRA


We will depart Qulusutallik towards our objective for today – Itirviluajuk camp. We will position the first of our pit stops at the impressive ‘hanging rock’ (erratic block), deposited during the last ice age. The going is steady and mainly flat, allowing you to achieve pretty good average pace. Of course, the sledge will slow you down, but the further you go, the lighter that sledge becomes as you eat more of your supplies! Our crew will augment your own expedition supplies with some local delicacies tonight, including prepared fish, goose or caribou. Vegetarian and vegan options will also be available.


TOTAL DISTANCE FOR THE DAY: APPROX. 19 MILES

ACCOMMODATION: Wilderness Camp
MEALS: Breakfast, Rat Race Pit Stop service on the trail, expedition ration packs for dinner.


DAY FIVE: OVER HALF WAY


We will depart Itirviluajuk camp and head on to Cournoyer. Experience the total serenity and peace of the Arctic circle as you move through this vast white void. You are creeping ever closer to the crater with each ski stroke and you’ll be feeling ready for our pit stop support along the route, which you will encounter approximately every 6 miles. The crew will be peppering in local snacks and treats at these locations – including hearty local soup, crackers, casseroles and other warming morsels.


TOTAL DISTANCE FOR THE DAY: APPROX. 19 MILES

ACCOMMODATION: Wilderness Camp
MEALS: Breakfast, Rat Race Pit Stop service on the trail, expedition ration packs for dinner.


DAY SIX: TO THE CRATER!


Today is a slightly longer day, as we head for the Pingualuit crater itself, the rim of which will start to loom into view on the horizon as the day progresses. Our route will take us past Manarsulik camp, where you will be staying tonight and you will be able to drop your sledges at the camp for the final 2 mile ‘dash’ to the crater. Enjoying the surreal views from its rim, you will return to Manarsulik camp and celebrate in style with one more night under the open Arctic skies. Who knows – perhaps you will be treated to a display of the Northern Lights! You can lay off the expedition ration packs now – our crew will treat you to a full local feast this evening and perhaps a few beers chilled by the ice that spreads out for hundreds of miles all around you.


TOTAL DISTANCE FOR THE DAY: APPROX. 25 MILES

ACCOMMODATION: Wilderness Camp
MEALS: Breakfast, Rat Race Pit Stop service on the trail, camp cook-up for dinner plus celebratory beers.


DAY SEVEN: ENJOY THE CRATER AND RETURN TO KANGIQSUJUAK


Use the morning to explore the surrounding area on your skis, or perhaps let our snowmobiles doe the heavy-lifting at this point. You can go back to the crater to peer over its rim one final time, or perhaps make the 40-minute trek from camp to the canyon of the Puvirnituq River. You may also be able to partake of some kite-skiing on Lake Manarsulik, very close to camp. Once we have enjoyed a pleasant morning here, we will return on the snowmobiles to Kangiqsujuak and check back into the cost co-operative hotel in town.


ACCOMMODATION: Hotel
MEALS: Breakfast, snacks and sack lunches en route back with the snowmobiles, dinner provided at hotel.


DAY EIGHT: CONTINGENCY DAY OR LOCAL ACTIVITIES


We have built in an extra day in to the program to account for weather or for other contingencies that we may need to consider over the course of the adventure. if we do not need to use a contingency day elsewhere in the trip, this is your day to use as you see fit. Go ice-fishing, go kite-skiing, take in the vast ethereal beauty of the tundra one last time and get ready for the journey home. We will wrap up the day with one final blow-out meal and drinks and say our goodbyes to our fantastic local crew.


ACCOMMODATION: Hotel
MEALS: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.


DAY NINE: RETURN TO MONTREAL


After a continental breakfast, we will depart for the airport and for our return travel to Montreal, where our itinerary ends.


ACCOMMODATION: N/A
MEALS: Breakfast



ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD:

ACCOMMODATION
AND FOOD:


Our accommodation features 2 distinct types: LOCAL CO-OPERATIVE HOTEL and WILDERNESS CAMPS


HOTEL

We plan to use the co-op hotel n Kangiqsujuak. All accommodation is always offered on a double or twin room basis or at the very most, a comfy 4-person room with 4 single beds or 2 x bunkbeds; or you can request a single supplement if you prefer not to share (and subject to availability). If you are taking part on your own, you will be paired with another participant/s of the same sex in a twin room unless you take the single supplement. If you have preferences for who you share with, you are able to specify that prior to departure.

This accommodation is of a good, clean standard. Bathroom facilities could be shared or en-suite and in general, the style of accommodation is always in keeping with the Arctic vibe in general – rustic, cozy, comfortable.

WILDERNESS CAMPS

These will be the spots where we pitch the tents for the overnights on the route. Our crew will pitch the tents and you will lay out your sleeping bags inside, which you will carry with you while on the trail. You’ll really enjoy the true character of the vast Arctic landscape this way. There won’t be any facilities: We will pack in and pack out everything we bring with us, there are no showers and you will use basic field toilet facilities. Food will typically be your freeze-dried expedition meals in camp and we will all share communal camp and cooking gear in the sledges. We will provide hot water from the communal cook pots and will all work to boil up water from the snow and ice, to keep everyone eating and drinking while in camp. Our crew will improve your ration packs with some local delicacies while out at camp; and we will also be providing a massive dinner on the final night under the stars at the camp adjacent to the Pingualuit crater.

Meals


Breakfast

Breakfast will be continental when we are at the hotel and will consist of meats, cheeses, pastries, coffee and other items. At camp, we will provide similar continental selections (and plenty of good coffee!) and you can choose to change this up with your own freeze-dried ration packs if you wish.

Dinner

We will provide inclusive food menus at the hotel; you will pay for your own drinks. In all cases we will ensure there are Gluten-free and Vegan options available where we offer catering. Where we’re out in the field, you will dine on our delicious expedition-style meals. We will all be responsible for melting water to hydrate the meals. Our crew will switch up your own meals with some local treats and on the final night at camp, we will provide you with a hearty campfire cook out with lots of superb local food.


Pit Stops


Each day while you are out on the trail, you will be able to access to our famously well-stocked Pit Stops multiple times throughout the journey. We will set these up on the route and you help yourself as you pass through. There will be a minimum of 2 pit stops per day – spaced approximately 6 miles apart. On all stages, these will typically be set-up from our mobile snowmobile support team at set spots along the route.

Pit stops will typically have the following available:

Hot water – Ensure you leave with flasks filled so you have enough to get you to the next Pit Stop.
Sports Food Bars – oat-type bars for maximum energy.
Salty snacks – such as chips and peanuts.
Savory treats – We will feature some really cool local foods like pastries, meats, cheese and other goodies at selected pit stops, around lunchtime.
A fruit option – such as oranges or bananas.
Candy – such as Skittles (vegan) and lots of other sweet candy treats.

Our Pit Stops are there to help supplement any personal sports nutrition plan you may have – if you use gels and other such products – you should plan to bring these with you. If you have any special dietary requirements then please also plan for this and pack your gear accordingly. Rat Race aim to offer Pit Stop snacks that are tasty and functional, catering to as broad a mix of needs and diets as possible. We have options available that are suitable for vegetarian and vegan diets and availability of this will depend on demand. If peanuts are served these will be in individual portioned bags to reduce the chance of contamination but Rat Race cannot guarantee that the food does not contain contamination from allergens such as nuts or gluten in its preparation or serving.

Please take care when consuming food with dirty hands. Please please please take care with your trash and help us in our aim of leaving our venues and routes tidier than we find them.


SPECIALIZED GEAR PROVISION AND RENTALS

We will provide you with the sledges (aka pulks) that you need to use on the route to stow your gear. This is a very efficient way to travel in this relatively flat land and you will be glad you have the pulk when out in the field, vs a backpack. We will also provide all of the tents required for the route, which are top-of-the-line Arctic-rated 2-person tents.

You may of course choose to bring your own skis with you, but we understand not everyone has a set of back-country touring skis under the bed and this event is all about getting you involved whether you have this gear or not. So skis, poles and boots can be rented. Price is $350 USD and the will be delivered to you in Kangiqsujuat for fitting; and then collected from you after the final stage, so you do not need to worry about shipping it with you by air.

Likewise we have rentals for – 15 F comfort sleeping bags and very large and warm goose-down-jackets.

Talk to us on gear rentals and we can tell you what we have on offer.

GPS and satellite devices

We will be providing you with state-of-the-art satellite GPS navigational aids. These will track your position at all times and will also serve as an Emergency locator and satellite communicator if you get into trouble. Our route will be easy to follow, but this is a very good back-up so you know where you are at all times and you will also know how far you have gone and how far it is to the next pit stop – that sort of thing. The tech is the top of the line and state of the art for our purposes. Our guides will also be equipped with the latest generation of brand-new satellite ‘push to talk’ phones also, so we are in touch with the outside world (and each other) at all times in this extremely remote environment.


FAQs:

The date-range is set and the route is tried and tested. However, our challenges unfold in some of the most spectacular places on Earth. Sometimes we do have to change plans on account of weather, injury or other unforeseen factors. If we do have to do so, you will be informed and usually, these unforeseen changes simply add to the flavor of proceedings and provide for a good story to tell at the end of the day! That being said, our route is likely to remain largely intact, regardless of any on-the-ground changes.
We have deliberately planned this trip to start and finish in Montreal and we have packaged the flights from there, for ease of logistics. We are mindful that people will inevitably have varying distances to travel to get to Montreal. Our plan is to meet at the airport and head straight for our flight. Depending on what time the flight departs, this may allow folk time to fly in earlier that day, or you may choose to arrive the day before and stay locally, allowing you plenty of time in the morning to do some preparations. We would recommend this.
Once we meet you at Montreal airport, it is all inclusive and you do not need to worry about any further transfers. We will whisk you to where you need to be, when you need to be there. We will deposit you back at Montreal airport at the end of the itinerary.
We have designed this challenge so that you may travel at your own pace. See below for our notes on route-finding and guidance. There will also be some ‘cut-offs,’ but in the true Rat Race tradition these will be generous and we will always look to help you to achieve your goals in finishing this challenge, vs having to pull out. Of course, we will give you some early starts to allow the very best possible window for route completion, particularly on the longer final day, which will ensure we get some quality time to enjoy the crater itself when we arrive. But, if you need us and if you need to abandon the route for whatever reason, we are there for you and can pick you up with our support snowmobiles. The absolute key is that you enjoy this amazing journey across the Arctic tundra; at your own pace and within your own limits.

If we encounter a blizzard or “white out” type conditions, we may decide to bring the group together and travel at close quarters, for safety. Our staff will make these determinations while we are in the field and based on weather info available at the time.

We want you to concentrate on the views and the hard work of putting one ski in front of the other. So we don’t want you to be staring at maps or navigational aids any more than you have to. There is no formal course markings (i.e. signs) used on this event but the trail will be very obvious. One of the advantages of a snow-based event is that fresh tracks – such as those left by our snowmobiles – are easy to follow. Instead of course marking, we will be providing you with a pre-programmed GPS device. This acts as both a route device, where you will follow the route line and also as an emergency locator and satellite communicator device.

The route on the device will show the stage start and finish locations of course, plus will also show you pit stop locations, so you know exactly how far you are from support along the course.

We will then augment this with our pit stops approx. every 6 miles, at which you will be able to access food, drinks and event support staffing services such as medical attention.

At all times, the GPS device can be used to back yourself up on route-checking and it will also give you an idea of your pace and how far you are travelling.

Don’t worry – you won’t get lost. But if you do – support is never far away and our staff will be mobile both on snowmobiles and on their skis out in the field with you.

We will use a mixture of safety staff on snowmobiles and on the trail on skis. We will also concentrate support services at our pit stops. If it does all get to be too much for you, if you get injured, get too cold, need sustenance, motivational support or otherwise, we will be able to assist and our team will never be far away out on the route. You are in good hands.

It is always good practice to be self-contained when out on these types of challenges in this type of country, so when you leave pit stops, we will expect you to leave with some snacks on board and a full flask of water.

Click ENTER NOW and go through the sign up process, you’ll then be issued with an event voucher which will automatically reserve you a place in the event you have chosen, this voucher must be brought to Registration and exchanged for your Race Pack. If you change your mind you can transfer to any Rat Race event within 14 days after you purchase your event voucher for free. After 14 days you will need to go through our transfer process (charges apply) if you wish to change to another event. You can view our transfer policy here.


We regret that we cannot accommodate supporters on this trip. The lack of capacity in local accommodation, plus the remote nature of the route and snowmobile-based logistics mean that it is not possible to service supporters.

You need back-country cross-country touring skis with metal edges. These are not regular cross country ‘skating’ or ‘classic’ skis, nor are they alpine touring/ ski randonee gear. We will add more info to the gear page soon. You can rent this gear from us if you wish. The rental package on the skis, boots and poles is $350 USD.

You need to be confident in relatively flat terrain on cross-country skis. This does not mean you need to be an expert and this type of skiing is in fact more like ‘trekking on skis’ than skiing down mountains. The skis displace your weight so you can travel efficiently over the terrain and you slide one leg forward after the other, using your poles for stability. All of this means that we do require that you have done this type of skiing before. But we do not require you to be expert level. A beginner level of this type of skiing is fine. We will be providing a training course prior to departure in the US North East for those who wish to hone these skills prior to departure. Watch the website for more details.

Cold! We will provide you with the sledges (pulks) for the journey and we will also provide the tents. We can rent you skis if you wish. You will need to provide the rest of the gear and we will provide a gear list shortly. You will need a sleeping bag and sleeping mat suitable for this environment and we insist of a bag ‘comfort rated’ to -15 F. You will also need a very good insulated jacket, plus thermal base layers and mid layers, Our events balaclava, hats, gloves, spares of everything and ski goggles. Clearly we want to ensure you are toasty out on the trail. The big jackets and the sleeping bags can be rented. A full gear list will be provided soon.

Rat Race require you to be over 18 on the day of Registration for this adventure. If you wish to participate as a family group or with a responsible adult and you are 16+, we will consider applications on an individual basis. Please contact us if this is the case.

This is of course a big challenge set over multiple big days on skis. BUT the Rat Race ethos is to set extraordinary challenges for ordinary people. You do not need super-technical skiing skills or to be a seasoned back-country trail snake. You do need a good base fitness and you should be prepared for a series of long back-to-back days on the trail, pulling a sledge. But this route is definitely designed to be ‘doable;’ and in no way would this be what we would call a ‘sufferfest.’ Our events just are not set up that way.

You 100% have it in you to do this. We will ensure we support you the very best way we possibly can. This one is all tortoise and no hare. Unless you really are off the pace, we will not cut you off. Even if you are off pace and you feel you need a bit of a push along the route on some of the days, we can pick you up on a snowmobile, ‘boost’ you further up the course a bit and you can re-join the trip further up the gang. It’s up to you how you tackle it and we want you to feel relaxed and comfortable, versus under major pressure just to ‘get the job done.’

We have firm emergency protocols and response systems in place whilst out on our adventures. Our main priority above all else is to keep you and our staff safe. Before we leave for each trip a comprehensive in-country risk and threat assessment has been conducted by the Head of Expeditions. All protocols are put in place relating to those assessments. We make sure that the staff involved have the highest level of first aid training; a higher level of medical cover is also put in place if needed; all instructors have qualifications and/ or competencies to match the adventure we will undertake. In the event of an emergency, Rat Race staff and appointed contractors have comprehensive knowledge of procedures which will rapidly be put in place. If needed, our staff will provide first aid and then further medical assistance and evacuation if needed in line with a published Medical Procedures Plan. We have medical back-up and Clinical Directorship provided by a specialist events medical company and we have further emergency response support services provided by competent contracted partner. All our cover is available 24/7 while operations are underway. We use our knowledge and emergency procedures to provide the best possible care in our often remote and austere environments. Before leaving on a trip, we will advise on the insurance cover you are required to have in place for the trip; we will ask for a copy of these insurance details before the departure date.

At all times you are in the Arctic tundra here and you are 220 miles north of the tree line. Which means it is a featureless plateau. The ground is very white. The sky is very blue. The sun can be bright and the weather can kick up big winds and spindrift and it can cloud over to white-out big time. The terrain is however mostly flat with little elevation.

Read more about the route, the profile and the terrain here.

Yes. This is a fully inclusive itinerary from start to finish, with all accommodation and all meals, with the exception of the dinners at the wilderness camps for which you will provide 3 x expedition meals. We ask that you bring 5 just for contingency. You may wish to switch up your wilderness camp breakfast provisions with expedition meal breakfast selections also. That is up to you. These types of meals are inexpensive and are available from all good outdoors stores. We also have an upgrade pack that we can provide for you, with several menu selection choices, if you wish.

If you no longer wish to take part, and can give us enough notice, you may be able to go use our transfer process. Please see our transfer policy here. Transfer requests can be made here. You can find full Terms and Conditions here.

Race entry includes a brilliant finishers medal and bespoke event Rat Race tech tee. We will request your t-shirt size when you register online and this will be the size you will be given at Registration. Other merch will be available to purchase also.
A full gear list will be published in due course.
If you need to bail while on the course, we will collect you via the snowmobiles – or you simply get to the next Pit Stop and we collect you from there. We will always look to move you forwards on the course to the next camp (subject to medical advice if it is a medical issue that has forced you to pull out). We are unable to transport you backwards (i.e. we cannot take you back to the start of that stage). You can choose to re-start further up the course if you still want to do some skiing that day, or we can take you to the end of the stage. It is always best to bail at a Pit Stop, where we have services and staff standing by. You can retire from the route at any time and we will always be there to support you.

We are not into ‘once you stop you can’t re-start.’ That is not our thing. If you bail and wish to restart, as laid out above (and subject to medical advice) – no problem.

No. We do not offer refunds but we you are able to transfer your first instalment value if you withdraw prior to the final payment date. We recommend customers hold the appropriate insurance to cover non-attendance for issues such as illness or travel problems. Please see our transfer policy here https://ratraceamerica.com/transfer-policy/ Transfer requests can be made here. You can find full Terms and Conditions here.

For those wanting extra financial protection there is the option to join the Refund Protect scheme when reserving a place in 2022/2023 events. Refund Protect is a separate company to Rat Race and the terms of their refund protection can be seen here.