SOUTH POLE EXPEDITION
On January 6, 2015, by reaching the Geographic South Pole as part of a 4-man international expedition I fulfilled a lifelong ambition and became one of the oldest people ever to ski from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole. I never imagined I would visit Antarctica, let alone walk in the footsteps of the iconic explorers from 100 years ago, including Shackleton, Amundsen and Scott. Antarctica is the coldest and windiest place on earth, with no permanent residents and a lowest recorded temperature of -89 C. This is something that very few have done before - in fact twenty times more people have climbed Mount Everest than have completed this expedition, which has been called "The hardest expedition on earth".
Our expedition covered over 950 KMS from the Ronne Filchner Ice Shelf to the South Pole. We hauled sleds with 120 LBS of supplies and took 44 days to reach the Pole, which is at 9,300 feet above sea level. The year prior to departure was spent on fundraising, logistics and extensive training, including winter training in Northern Minnesota, running and tire hauling around my village of Elora, Ontario.
Many people enabled my participation in this expedition, including those who supported my KickStarter campaign (see below), personal donations, local fundraising events and a number of Corporate Sponsors (see below). I am proud that a portion of the funds raised has been donated to a local charity - the Centre Wellington Community Foundation www.cwcfoundation.ca
Guiding services by Polar Explorers - www.polarexplorers.com