And we’re off! Myself in UK and Cheryl who is in New Zealand have begun the long hard journey preparing for our trek to the South Pole. Training begins not both physically but also mentally and logistically. So much to do and a big challenge with a big big goal! To trek from the ice shelf at the coast of Antarctica the full 560 – 600 miles to the South Pole. The months ahead will involve us increasing and increasing the schedule in all ways. Learning to cope with cold and crevasse dangers, practicing the mental grind all the way to pulling tyres for miles on end to get used to continuously pulling our 60kg.
We plan on making this challenge totally interactive with our supporters throughout on training in UK/New Zealand and with specialized training in Norway and beyond. Plus on the challenge itself we will use whatever technology we can at the time to keep it going. Blogging, tweeting, facebooking, gps mapping, video uploads. Yes its extreme but technology, sat phones and social media are changing so fast who knows where it will be then?
I was so honoured to be invited onto BBC Radio Manchester to talk about this with Heather Stott on her morning show. Here is a recording:
Of course we would love to raise for a well deserving charity and this challenge is not a cheap one… Just to get there and take it on costs $55,000 per person! We have a goal! We are not famous or TV personalities! But we have a dream, a challenge, and wish to show you how we do it …. our way!
If you are interested in getting you or your brand involved, exposed and helping, be it in sponsorship or logistics please let me know. Also check out our website where a lot will be happening at TheSouthPoleChallenge.com
Paul and Cheryl