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The Good Fight

Svalbard is a remote region of Norway, where the coasts are riddled with icy fjords and glaciers.
In pursuit of protecting the environment, Martin Hartley has spent over 400 days on the punishing Arctic Ocean in pursuit of collecting data.
In order to safely cross the crevasse-riddled glacier and verify the condition of the ice, Martin and Matt roped themselves together.
Martin and Matt set out from the Polar Explorer warehouse in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. Before an actual trip begins they make practice runs, training themselves to acclimate to the elements and ensuring their gear is up to snuff.
Martin and Matt set out from the Polar Explorer warehouse in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. Before an actual trip begins they make practice runs, training themselves to acclimate to the elements and ensuring their gear is up to snuff.
Despite summertime temperatures rarely exceeding the 30s, the ice continues to melt.
Matt, a videographer, will accompany Martin on his upcoming expedition to help gather data and make a visual recording of the journey.
Martin doggedly pulls the pulk — a Nordic sled used for transporting gear — across an icy mountain top.
Svalbard is a place of extremes, of permafrost and endless light; it requires ironclad dedication to traverse.
Rocks help weigh down the tent in the face of bitter Arctic winds.
The tent vestibule serves as a space to trap moisture, away from the sleeping area; inside, Martin brings water to boil for tea.
Under the light of the midnight sun, Martin and Matt finish setting up camp.
We have always considered optimism a necessary tool to survival, and so we forge ahead with optimism first and foremost — but we can, and will, do more.
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The Good Fight, November 2019

Photography by Bryan Derballa

Our adventures are a chance to put our gear to the test — in turn, they can have a breakthrough impact on the way we work. That’s
what happened in Norway with our friend Martin Hartley. An expeditionist and photographer, Martin works to help scientists
better understand our world, tracking the impact of the climate crisis on disappearing glaciers and polar ice caps. In Longyearbyen,
Svalbard, he and videographer Matt Pycroft brought us along on a practice expedition: the conditions in arctic Svalbard make it
the perfect location to prep for treks to the North Pole.

“What do we lose as a species, if we choose to leave this moment alone? What do we risk, if we do nothing now? This is the only
moment we have to prevent extinction on this planet, our only campsite, that we call home. This time on your and my earth is
impossibly small, smaller than any of us can realize. These silent, nameless, and reclusive examples of Mother Nature’s
architecture may be lost, perhaps forever. 
We have a choice — the price we pay for that loss remains unknown. It is our moral
duty to the universe to keep them present in any way we can.”

- Martin Hartley