Murray Howitt will begin his trip in January as part of a team of novices. Led by polar experts, they will attempt to exceed the mission of Sir Ernest Shackleton, who got within 180km of the South Pole 100 years ago.
Antarctica is the world’s highest, driest, coldest and most windswept continent with a low temperature record of -89°C. The expedition team will be living under canvas, walking on skis for 180km, pulling 55kg sledges in temperatures as low as -50°C until reaching the South Pole at 10,000 feet.
“Needless to say this is the first time I will have attempted such an extreme challenge,” says Murray. “Having been fortunate enough to be selected for this expedition, I have decided to use this amazing opportunity to raise funds for Children in Need.”
Murray will be blogging his experience on this page from the training and planning stages through to the bitterly cold end.
He is being sponsored by Lafarge Cement, Arcelor Mittal Kent Wire, IHS and Stanton Bonna. For more information about supporting the expedition, go to www.southpole08.com.
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