International explorer Edward Michael “Bear” Grylls and Tim Levy, CEO of U.K. alternative investment boutique Future Capital Partners, are leading an expedition through the formerly frozen Northwest Passage in Canada to raise awareness about global climate change and to raise money for the Global Angels Foundation.
The 14-day expedition — running 1,700 nautical miles from Pond Inlet at the top of Baffin Island in northernmost Canada to Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories — began Aug. 28 and is expected to be completed around Sept. 10.
The expedition aims to raise £100,000 (US$153,482) for Global Angels, which provides safe drinking water for villages in Africa.
Mr. Levy said in an e-mail on Aug. 31 that he has never participated in an expedition quite like this one.
“Physically I feel prepared,” he wrote. “Mentally it is more difficult to tell, as I haven't been in a position like this before — but I do trust my team absolutely, and this makes a huge difference to one's sense of calm and well-being.”
FCP's investment partnership Future Fuels is sponsoring the expedition. More information about the trek is available at http://www.fcpnorthwestpassage.com.