Pip: I am most excited about the unknown! There are so many aspects of this trip that my imagination can't do justice to, the ice sheet, polar bears, sailing in the Arctic - I can't wait to set off on this crazy adventure!
Meghan: For me, it is seeing over 1 year of hard work come together into one cohesive journey. Our teamwork has fired on all cylinders during the planning process and now we get to put it to the test in a harsher and more physically taxing environment.
McKenna: The adventure! Definitely the adventure. Like Pip said, there are a lot of unknowns going into this, it will be really exiting to see what we find and how our story develops. I am also excited to see what we bring home; how our data impacts the research we are helping with and how our story reaches the public.
Nat: I'm most excited about leaving the internet behind, packing up a bag of gear and signing out of reality! We are going to be immersed in adventure for three straight weeks and I just can't wait to come at it head-on with no distractions.
McKenna: I think I speak for all of us when I say I am most nervous about the same thing I am most excited about, the adventure and the unknown. But the excitement definitely outweighs the nerves.
Meghan: Like McKenna, the same things that make this trip exciting make me nervous and all of it can be grouped into "the unknowns." Will we have good weather? Will we be able to access terrain we want to ski? Will I be sea sick the whole time?
Pip: I'm probably most nervous about staying on the boat for three weeks, I think the biggest challenge will not be getting on each other's nerves in such a small environment! Thank god for Apples to Apples, Kindles and Cards Against Humanity!
Nat: I have honestly had several nightmares about polar bears so for me it is a battle between worrying about meeting a giant polar bear face-to-face and dreading the four day open water sail -- I tend to get sea sick...
Nat: I packed two books, a biography of Gertrude Bell (19th century explorer) and 'Deep' by Porter Fox. I have this awesome day dream of skiing all day, getting back on the boat and reading until dinner. It's definitely a pipe dream but It's a nice one!
Pip: I think I just listed three in the last answer, although I think those are pretty essential to keep cabin fever at bay. The one "luxury" item I am bringing is my kindle. I love to read and one of my favorite parts about traveling is reading a book that is set wherever I'm going.
Meghan: Sriracha! To spice up the northern fare!
McKenna: Goal Zero portable speakers and an ipod. Dance parties! Everyone will benefit from that.