Things have been running along smoothy, if not a little slowly. Since the expeditions delay we have been continuing training in order to push to get to Antarctica. Meanwhile Wild Medic which runs medical support for expeditions has gone from strength to strength supporting a number of expeditions including those to Borneo and to the Arctic circle of Northern Norway. Go to the website and check out all the recent expeditions and news as we start warming up ….
Both doctors are now entering into another year of Senior House Officer. Toby continues at Frimley Park Hospital and Rob has moved to Brighton to start a 6 month rotation in A&E. Be kind if you see them…..
Unfortunately Ben’s latest trip to the pole has come to an end. “The main bolts which attach the binding of Ben’s boot to the skis have sheared off and the degree of damage is beyond repair. The unprecedented, appalling conditions of the ice, coupled with Ben exerting his absolute maximum effort to achieve the speed record, have clearly impacted this crucial equipment failure. As a result, and coupled with the current ice conditions in the Arctic Ocean, Ben is unable to continue without his skis on this high speed light weight expedition.”
Its been an interesting last week, with a lot happening both with heading South and also with a friend of ours heading North. Ben Saunders is set to attempt to travel solo and unsupported from Canada to the North Geographic Pole, with the aim of setting a speed record along the way. The current record of 36 days and 22 hours was set by a team using dogsleds and multiple resupply flights in 2005; but he’ll be alone and on foot. Good luck and check out his exploits on his site.
What a weekend of high quality talks, workshops, networking and dare I say it beards at the EXPLORE conference at the RGS in London. The talks and info is all available online at the following link
Well probably not but out of thanks we have to let you know that we just updated the code on this site in one swoop. It is now an ass kicking coded site that will take us into 2008
Ever wondered what on Earth we are doing and just kinda tune off. Well this little snippet from a traverse of Greenland will give you an idea into what we are doing. Just click the link, turn up the volume, relax and just remember…..they are Norwegian
Rob Conway talked at the Diabetes UK group in Leicester at the Leicester Royal Infirmary. The talk, focusing on an expedition at Greenland in 2006, was to the family and parents of children with diabetes in the Leicester region.
Mike Grocott and team have recently summited Everest. The project was to look at the bodies reaction to hypoxia and was divided into a number of smaller projects that investigated the bodies systems such as the brain, lungs and genetics.
Well done to the Caudwell Xtreme Everest team!
Extreme South is an expedition to the South Pole that will see two doctors make the journey to the South Pole and beyond, unsupported and with no resupply.