The hardest trip yet.....by a long way.
The "Icy 90" arctic circle adventure.
4000 miles from UK to Germany, the Arctic circle and then home.
28th Jan -28th Feb 2013. I will be riding alone and rough camping by the side of the road.
Above the Freezing point the temperature won’t rise above 0 °C at any time of day. And around the Arctic Circle it will not rise above -10 °C. Night time temperatures will be between -20°C to -30°C (yes, while in a tent)
I will be wearing a heart rate monitor and body thermometer to monitor my health and help avoid hypothermia.
As I approach the Arctic Circle I will also be towing a sledge full of additional survival rations, fuel and clothing in case of a blizzard which I will need to make shelter and wait for it to pass. I will also need to fit steel studs to my tyres to allow me to pull the sledge.
Every morning I will need to light a fire underneath the engine of my C90 to preheat the oil to allow it to start.
The "Keep Ed March Alive fund"
I am finding corporate sponsorship of arctic gear very difficult to obtain and I simply can't afford to do this adventure, quit work (again), film it and post videos online and buy all the correct kit.
This is why after a suggestion from a friend, I have been forced to start a "Keep Ed March Alive Fund" to be able to afford the equipment to keep me alive when camping alone at -30oC. Funds can be donated via paypal to
Any money received by me will only be spent on arctic survival gear and equipment with details and receipts shown on this website for complete transparency.
I will be posting a list of the people/company's who have donated to this fund next to the items I will have purchased (unless requested otherwise), along with a very big thank you from me and C90.
If you wish for your name or amount donated to be anonymous then please send an email detailing this or put a message with the paypal payment.
If you are donating on behalf of a company (or would simply like a nice picture/ warm fuzzy feeling inside in exchange for a large donation) then I will happily mention your company name and provide a form of advertising for your company. Details to be decided but possibly Facebook posts, photos with a thank you, me holding a thank you banner with your company name on it while surrounded by snow etc, shamelessly wearing your company logo when photographed for a newspaper etc. Feel free to email me with requests in exchange for donations.
This fund is totally separate from my charity sponsorships for the Devon Air Ambulance and to avoid confusion: paypal donations at
go to me to buy survival gear to stay alive, donations to my just giving page (link at top-left of all of my pages) go directly to the Devon Air Ambulance without me even seeing the money.
I believe this ride will test me to my very limits, I will be filming it and putting it on my website for you all to watch as with the Malaysia to UK trip.
Thank you from Ed and 90