On Friday, 1st June 2012, an intrepid team of adventurers reached the highest point of the British Empire Range and held the most remote Diamond Jubilee tea party in the world. The Arctic Jubilee Expedition 2012, built from a seven man crew, summited the highest point of Queen Elizabeth Islands in the Arctic, Mount Barbbeau, and had tea and cake whilst sending a loyal greeting to the Queen. Throughout the trip the Anglo-Canadian team linked live with schools across the Commonwealth, particularly in the UK and Canada, via the extensive educational outreach programme of Education Through Expeditions.
“Through this momentous expedition we will be leaving a legacy that will impact and inspire!” says Polar Explorer and Expedition Leader Antony Jinman. “Our interactive discussion boards have enabled students from both cultures to interact and discuss questions relating to cultural identity, the Arctic environment and issues of climate change and sustainability.” Inuit partner and team member Johnny Issaluk says: “This type of adventure provides an opportunity to learn about Inuit heritage and stewardship of the land. It is also an opportunity to learn about what we have and what we could lose”. The Arctic Jubilee Expedition 2012 was also raising money for their chosen charity, Jeremiah’s Journey.
Isolated Queen Elizabeth Islands were named on the Queen's coronation and Mount Barbbeau has only been summited eight times. It is the highest point within the British Empire Range as well as the Artic Cordiller, and it stands njust 560 miles from the North Pole in Northern Canada.
The picture shows the team from left to right: Ben Shearn, Tom Perriment, Chris Atkinson, Johnny Issaluk, Dave Buckley, Oli Milroy and Antony Jinman.