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Friday, 22 February 2008

DOXA Heads to the Arctic


DOXA is proud to be the official Timekeepers
of the Tiso Trans Greenland expedition

1400 miles unsupported in the Arctic

- Pair of young men to make polar history -

Two young men are set to make polar history as part of a British team trekking fully unsupported across Arctic Greenland on a new 1,400 mile route this March.

The Tiso Trans Greenland is a major deviation from recent polar expeditions which have heavily relied on guides, established routes and support – the team will return to the roots of polar travel. The expedition will be the longest fully unsupported polar journey in history. The record is currently held by Norwegians Rune Gjeldnes and Torry Larsen who travelled 1305 miles (2100km) unsupported across the Arctic Ocean. As they reached their destination, Canada, in 2000, a doctor assessed that the pair were 48 hours from death.

The audacious pair comprises expedition leader Alex Hibbert, 21, (Portsmouth) and George Bullard 19, (Norfolk) who has recently returned from the sub-Antarctic with London based charity BSES Expeditions. Alex is a recent Oxford graduate, athlete and photographer who plans to begin commando training with the Royal Marines Young Officer Batch of 2008. At 15, he was one of the youngest people to ever complete the 125 mile Devizes to Westminster Kayak Race and climbs regularly in the Alps. George is an accomplished open water swimmer and all round endurance athlete. With his coach, Nick Adams, took on the English Channel in 2003, a swim around Manhattan in 2004 and around Barbados in 2006.
They are undertaking the route which includes un-trodden areas starting from the coast near Kulusuk without support or resupplies, and are seeking charity sponsorship to enhance their goal. They will have no kites, dogs or motorised power, and the pair have to drag sledges weighing more than 330 lbs each in temperatures ranging from minus 30 degrees Celsius. Travelling for over three months from late March, the team will endure the tough Spring conditions including darkness and heavy storms.

Unlike the majority of polar expeditions which are limited by when air support can afford to perform a pickup, the Tiso Trans Greenland will be limited less artificially. The team has finite supplies of food and fuel - their challenge will be to reach the east coast before either run out.

Raising awareness for cancer is key to the expedition, particularly in partnership with the Breast Cancer Haven. This is in addition to the substantial funds that have already been raised for past charities, Cancer Research UK and Maggie’s Cancer Centres. Alex’s previous projects have raised £20,000 to date for charity and the team are keen to surpass this total by raising the project’s profile and engaging the public.






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