In April 2017 four other people and I will be attempting to walk the last degree to the North Pole. I’m doing this expedition to raise awareness of the problem of bullying in UK schools and to raise money for a charity which helps to counter this problem, Red Balloon.
This involves dragging all of our equipment in sledges called pulks behind us. The trek will probably last between 8-14 days and be around temperatures of -15.
Although the Arctic is not as cold as the Antarctic because the sea keeps it warm, it is significantly more dangerous in several other ways. Polar bears are a constant threat and the ice is not entirely stable and solid, meaning that you could at any time stand on too thin ice and drop through. Due to the ice not being stable it also forms large sastrugi, which can be very difficult to drag your pulk over.
The team members are:
Expedition Leader – Rune Gjeldnes
Rune is amongst many things an amazing and very experienced polar region explorer, speed flier and a friend. He is the first and only person to cross the Arctic, Antarctic and Greenland solo in a set of expeditions called the Longest March.
He was joint expedition leader with David Hempleman-Adams on the Antarctic expedition in 2015, and was the person to invite me to join the expedition to the North Pole.
Acclaimed author, ex-SAS member and now explorer. Andy McNab is one of the toughest people I have ever met and was also on the South Pole expedition with me and Rune.
I haven’t met him yet…. Apparently he is currently in the British Army.
Is a large part of organising the expedition, he was on the South Pole Expedition and organised a large part of that too. A lovely person and extremely capable.