Country Tails

January 29, 2016


As you may know we have teamed up with seasoned British explorer, Mark Wood as he gears up for a two month long, death-defying, Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ backed Arctic expedition that could be the last of its kind. In February 2016, Mark Wood, Paul Vicary and Mark Langridge will attempt to trek from Russia to the North Pole without a re-supply.

The British three-man team will attempt a 60 day crossing from the Russian Cape Arktichesky; also known as the Arctic Cape – across the Arctic Ocean to the Geographic North Pole. Due to the profound effects of climate change, this high-profile expedition to cross one of the most unforgiving areas of the planet is likely to be one of the last of its kind.

In preparation for this remarkable expedition our very own Guy Ilott visited the team as they prepare the last of their kit. Each explorer will tow a 300 pound survival pod behind them for approximately 600 nautical miles (with ocean drift).

In support, we are giving you the opportunity to be part of this incredible adventure with the release of our Limited Edition ‘Race Against Time’ Vodka (pictured above). Only 200 of these limited edition bottles will be up for grabs and all proceeds will go towards supporting Hire A Hero and partner charities serving the armed forces. Each bottle is signed by the three man team embarking on the expedition, Mark Wood, Paul Vicary and Mark Langridge.

‘We shall go always a little further; it may be beyond that last blue mountain barred with snow’

J.E.Flecker – The Road to Samarkand

 ‘We are delighted that Chase are supporting our team of three explorers, all of whom have served, or are serving, in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.  The expedition is probably one of the world’s last big challenges; to go from land fall, unsupported, to the North Pole across the unpredictable and unstable ice pack.  With the effects of climate change, the ice is so fragile that this may never be repeated and is therefore truly one of the ‘last big challenges’.  Hire a Hero is a charity that supports those who have served to make their ‘last big challenge’ – the successful transition to a successful civilian career.  All proceeds from the sale of the Limited Edition Chase Vodka made especially for the Race Against Time Expedition will go to support Hire A Hero and our partner charities to serve those who have served.  Alternatively, please show your support for the NP16 Team by donating to the charity.  Many thanks for your support.

Major (Retd.) Gerry Hill MBE, QGM and Bar


To donate please click HERE.