British explorer to attempt first unsupported solo Arctic crossing
A British explorer who has conquered both poles and founded a successful environmental sponsorship organisation has announced he has set his sights on a new challenge.
Pen Hadow said yesterday that he plans to conduct a scientific study of the Arctic Ocean whilst he crosses it solo.
The 50-year-old will make the 1,000-mile trek without dogs, kites or machines, across the ice from Russia to Canada. The trip will take 100 days, and he will receive no re-supplies or assistance throughout the journey.
He will have to battle against some of the most extreme-weather conditions on earth, keep his eye out for hunting polar bears, and endure freezing-cold swims between the ice floes.
However, from the looks of Mr Hadow’s track record, he shouldn’t be too phased by any of these.
In 2003, Mr Hadow was the first person to trek solo and without re-supply from Canada to the North Pole.
The ex-Harrow schoolboy said: “It’s all about combining the spirits of adventure and science to get the important message out that the Arctic Ocean environment is rapidly changing, and the impacts will be coming to many of us, sooner rather than later.”