I admit to knowing little about how to walk around safely on a glacier, being from Kansas, where we have a sum total of zero glaciers. Yet the task of ensuring that the Arctic Sunrise has the necessary equipment aboard to provide for the safety of anyone going out on glaciers fell into my lap, as my role in this project involves general logistical preparation in support of the ship. Thankfully, I had John Hoelscher from the One World Expedition at my disposal, a veteran of polar adventures. Drawing on his deep experience in Antarctica and north of the Arctic Circle, we set about preparing the Arctic Sunrise for the specific tasks we envision undertaking in Greenland this summer.

Overall, the ship is always provisioned with personal equipment for a variety of excursive purposes, including the basics for camping, climbing, small-craft boating, and, of course, being an ice-class vessel, arctic gear.

What the ship does not necessarily carry at all times is equipment needed for the specifics of this summer's journey: specialized gear designed to provide for the safety of folks visiting polar melt-ponds on remote glaciers. The surfaces of glaciers are highly varied, from smooth fields to tightly compressed fields of deep crevasses and rugged formations, and they're quite dangerous. Even if you're not planning to spend the night, you need to be prepared to, as weather can change dramatically, hindering flight options.

So with John's guidance, we reviewed what the ship had on board that would be used for our safety and travel kits, planning on being able to provide for a party of up to 7 people on the ice:

Climbing Ropes