Thursday, 17 January 2013

South Pole training trip to Norway

Pole of Possibility: Arm-power to the South Pole

Training trip to Norway - Jan 2013

Karen on her snow bike

I'm just back from a 2 week training 'mini-expedition' to Norway in preparation for my forth-coming 'Pole of Possibility' expedition to the South Pole. The Norway trip was a great success, and provided us with the opportunity to test our kit (thanks to Berghaus who sponsored us) and our skills. 

Karen is paralysed from the chest down and will be the first paraplegic to 'ski' to the Pole. Her snow bike (above) looks fantastic, but unfortunately didn't perform very well in soft snow and Karen had to revert back to her 'sit ski' for much of the trip (which she has used previously to 'sit ski' across Greenland).  

For more info on the expedition goto:

Enjoy the photos...


Karen on her sit ski
The PoP Team: Simon Darke, Karen Darke, Mike Christie and Andy Kirkpatrick 
Unfortunately, when the bike didn't work, someone had to tow it!

Another peaceful night in the tent
Tucked up in our cosy tent. We also managed to 'fix' Simon's snoring!

A bit of ice climbing as a treat to finish off the trip
If you are into ice climbing, I can highly recommend Rjukan in Norway.
Also, you should stay at the Climbing Inn.

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