Christine Dennison - An American Adventurer
Christine Dennison spent the early spring months of this year training for a North Pole endurance ski race sponsored by The Mamont Foundation, which promotes arctic awareness, education, and conservation.
The event was held from April 14-24, 2015 and began in Svalbard, Norway and moved to the ice camp Barneo at the North Pole. Being a self-support race, it meant they must set up their own camps and pull seventy-pound sleds full of supplies across the frozen ice pack. In addition to these tasks are the added challenges of ice, snow, wind, polar bears, and open water.
Christine was the only American woman in the race and while she is not a professional athlete, she is definitely not an amateur explorer. She is the founder of Mad Dog Expeditions, an elite group that has been guiding scientists, film crews, and adventurers to the world's hardest to reach places, including the Arctic, for the past twenty years - Mad Dog Expeditions pioneered diving in the High Arctic. She is also launching a new company named Arctic Dog Productions. Arctic Dog Productions was created to engage all generations of explorers and adventure enthusiasts through expeditions and by engaging inspirational leaders within the adventure industry.
Arctic Dog Productions aims to provide adventure, entertainment and expeditions through its international network of leaders and professionals in the field. Their focus is to inform and generate interest and understanding of remote regions of the world, people and cultures - with a strong focus on women in adventure and exploration.
Christine had a few days to train in Norway prior to arriving at the Russian ice camp - Camp Barneo at the North Pole. Her purpose in participating was to bring awareness to the poles and that their conservation is neccessary. The other individuals that were participating were all seasoned arctic explorers who have a love and passion for this part of the world.
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Christine's company, Mad Dog Expeditions, takes clients on scuba expeditions to the High Arctic, Papua New Guinea, The Amazon's Rio Negro, to see great whites in South Africa, and dolphin and shark diving in the Bahamas. They work with a team of experts to provide customized expeditions for filming, research, and just for fun.
As much as you can plan for contingencies during any expedition there can be unseen problems that arise. Unfortunately for Christine she discovered that the kit she was issued by the expedition just prior to departure included boots that were too big and she had no option of exchanging them before they left for the North Pole. She was caught between a rock and a hard place but thought she could add socks and make it work, but this proved to be wrong.
Her first few kilometers on the ice were uncomfortable as she kept sliding out of her boot, which then caused the boot to come out of the binding. In addition to trying to stay in her boots and bindings she was pulling a 48 kilo sled which only exacerbated her situation.
The others were as helpful as they could be, but at the end of day one she had distended her knee badly and was in pain. In her first aid kit she had strong ibuprophen that helped her keep on skiing as long as she did. After months of training , she had hit the ice mentally and physically ready for the expedition, but should have stopped skiing as soon as the initial injury occurred on day one. But she skied on for an additional 2 and a half days and kept skiing until the helicopter landed to pick her up and had to be helped on board. She had been only 24 kilometers away from the exact geographic North Pole when she was picked up off the ice, but she had in essence reached the North Pole.
Once on the helicopter she collapsed on the bench in pain. As much as she hated leaving the ice, skiing on one leg and risking further injury was not an option. After 25 kilomteres and 3 and 1/2 days of skiing across the ice she had to be med-evaced back to Camp Barneo in a Russian MI8 helicopter. She was in horrible pain and her knee was blue and swollen, so she kissed and hugged the others goodbye and was helped onto the helicopter in tears and extreme pain - within 20 minutes she was back at Camp Barneo and helped to a tent.
Christine knew the decision to ski any further and risk additional injury was not an option, but plans to have a go again next year. She is dedicated to the preservation of this incredible region. The Arctic Ocean is teeming with life and it is a precious region of our world. Christine encourages and promotes education and the importance of protecting these waters as well as all of the resources of our oceans.
Arctic Dog Productions will support the TerraMar Foundation project and will be working with them. TerraMar Foundation was started by Ghislaine Maxwell, another passionate ocean advocate, explorer and adventurer. She has traveled the world promoting education, conservation and preservation of our seas.
One way to get started is to make an 'I Love the Ocean' pledge through the TerraMar project. www.theterramarproject.org
To read more about Christine and Mad Dog Expeditions visit their website at
www.maddogexpeditions.com and visit Christines blog about the North Pole Expedition for more information, videos and photographs at: myarcticdog.blogspot.com
Visit the website of her new company www.arcticdogproductions.com
Christine is also a newly appointed Brand Ambassador for Red Fox, NA gear and will be working with them on expeditions wearing Red Fox gear - visit them at www.redfoxna.com
Read more about Christines sunken submarine documentary on
brspecial.com at USS R-12 documentary and see more about Christine at her profile here
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