In November it is my intention to undertake an expedition to Antarctica.
This will be in the form of a solo unsupported, unassisted man haul from Hercules Inlet on the coast of the continent all the way to the South Pole.
The journey is in excess of 700 miles and I anticipate it will take in the region of 45 to 50 days.
I will be hauling a pulk (sledge) weighing somewhere in the region of 100kgs containing all my food, fuel and equipment that I will need for this time.
Starting at sea level, it will be uphill all the way to the South Pole which is at an elevation of almost 3000 metres.
On the way I will encounter crevasses, snowdrifts and sastrugi (wind-formed ridges and waves of ice).
There will be an almost constant head wind reaching speeds of up to 60 mph with blizzards and white out conditions.
Oh, and it will be cold too!! – temperatures at the South Pole fall as far down as -45 degrees Celsius.
As an insulin using type 2 diabetic I hope to raise funds and awareness on behalf of Diabetes UK, the UK’s foremost diabetes charity to help them continue their important work in providing advice, support and conducting research to find a cure to this ever increasing condition.
I aim to update the blog both before and during my trip so please feel free to leave messages. Also take a look at the tracker page (once up and running) where you will be able to follow my progress from touching down in Antarctica all the way to the South Pole.
I would be grateful if you could visit my Just Giving page from the link both here (www.justgiving.com/fundraising/southpolesolo) and on the charity page and dig deep to help raise money for Diabetes UK.
Thank you for your visit and please help me further by following and sharing this with as many people as possible.
Many thanks – Neil