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Pole of Possiblity, South Pole Antarctic Challange

10th December 2012
PoP training in Norway, the team 14.1.13

The South Pole is the most inhospitable place on earth, where the average temperature in summer is minus 30 degrees Celsius, with wind chill regularly lowering this to below minus 50 degrees Celsius.

We are delighted to be supporting Karen Darke and the Pole of Possibility team on their 1000km journey from the edge of the Antarctic continental shelf to the Geographical South Pole.  This involves surviving the most challenging environment on earth, negotiating a frozen wasteland filled with crevasse fields and ice boulders potentially the size of buildings.

What’s makes this expedition unique and extraordinary, is that one of the team of four is paralysed. Never before has a paraplegic attempted a challenge so physically and mentally demanding, which makes this challenge simply incredible.

The team's challenging fundraising target is £1 million for The Back-Up Trust. The Back-Up Trust is a dynamic national UK charity that transforms lives after spinal cord injury.  For more information on the incredible work carried out by the trust visit http://www.backuptrust.org.uk

The issues associated with paralysis bring extra dimensions of challenge to the journey; Lack of sensation and inability to regulate body temperature mean special clothing and techniques will be needed to reduce the risk of frostbite or cold injuries. As basic bodily functions are impaired, maintaining personal hygiene and health in the extreme Antarctic environment will a significant challenge.

The team have selected Multimat tent underlay for their comfort and insulation during the expedition and their advance training in Norway.

We wish them a safe and successful adventure, and look forward to hearing updates from Karen and the team in the coming months!


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